Originally posted on February 7th in the Blog of the American Chesterton Society, this is a long post by Sam Smith, editor of the Progressive Review magazine. It touches on local control of public schools and so-called “smart growth” developers in local communities. There is much food for thought in his essay, as well as some things we can agree to disagree on.

Distributism believes in subsidiarity, taking care of economic and political matters at the local level first. It is a core tenet of Distributist Thought, something that is non-negotiable. Preserving it, protecting it and expanding it are vital to creating a Distributist State and society wherever we find ourselves. Much of what Smith writes fits in well with what we hold true. It deserves serious thought and discussion, followed by concrete action in our neighborhoods.

Kudos to you, Mr. Smith.


Nick Xylas Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 11:04:00 AM CDT  

Excellent post, thanks for linking to it. My wife is an elementary school music teacher, so the subject of education and the effects of the "No Child Left Unregimented" Act are particularly dear to both our hearts. As my wife id fond of saying "If teachers could only teach and the kids could only learn...". As things stand, I am a virtual widower due to her spending all her free time struggling to keep up with the paperwork demanded of her by the Machine.

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