Chesterton invoked the image of the pickpocket as a way of capturing the truth about present-day economic philosophies and practices.
As the father of the word Distributism, Belloc thought it an awkward word but also accurate in that it emerged from the term “distributive justice”.
Man possesses dignity because he participates in a good that is clearly higher than himself.
Christian defenders of self-interest are quite comfortable with accepting behavior they would denounce in any other area of social life.
Distributists don’t believe in utopia, rather in a society where the impact of corruption is mitigated, and therefore more easily corrected.
For the Greeks of Athens, as for the Catholics of Christendom, religion was not a private affair but also involved “regular public honoring of the divine.”
William Cavanaugh’s name for liberalism is the “worship of the empty shrine,” and, according to Cavanaugh, its main temple is the United States of America.