In Praise of Small Nations

This article, put up on the American libertarian website, is from the news website of New Zealand.

It is a speech by Roger Kerr, executive director of the New Zealand Business Roundtable. It is about how the future trend of countries is toward small nations and devolution. We at the DR wish we were so optimistic as he, thanks to the trends among the global elite to unite the world under their misrule and tyranny.

But though libertarian in tone, rather than Distributist, the speech is a good one. We would suggest reading along with it the book "The Breakdown of Nations" by Leopold Kohr. In many ways, he influenced E. F. Schumacher, author of the seminal work "Small Is Beautiful". Both of these works are considered developments of Distributist Thought, each in their own way.

And both are recommended to all interested in building up a "Distributist library".


Perun Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 9:11:00 PM CDT  

Good article. This certainly is in many ways a positive trend. Very much in step with the Social Catholic principle of subsidarity and how states were organized during the Medieval period.

Perun Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 9:17:00 PM CDT  

Btw, this is what Cardinal Ratzinger said in 1979 when concerning this issue(especially in Europe):

“Supranational political, economic and legal institutions are necessary, though these cannot have the aim of building up a super-nation, but on the contrary should restore to Europe’s individual regions in a strengthened form their own character and importance. Regional, national, and supranational institutions should interact in such a way that centralism and particularism are equally excluded.”


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