Were Premodern Peasants Starving and Overworked?

A little while, and the wicked will be no more;  though you look for them, they will not be found.But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity Psalm 37:10-11 Many claim that capitalism has saved us from frequent famines and the “back-breaking” labor of peasant farming. “For example, Rutger Bregman tells … Continue reading Were Premodern Peasants Starving and Overworked?

What are the Commons?

Yet it is quite true in one sense that monasteries are devoted to Communism and that monks are all Communists.  Their economic and ethical life is an exception to a general civilization of feudalism or family life.  Yet their privileged position was regarded as rather a prop of social order.  They give to certain communal … Continue reading What are the Commons?

What is Liberation Theology?

...hope does not weaken commitment to the progress of the earthly city, but rather gives it meaning and strength. It is of course important to make a careful distinction between earthly progress and the growth of the Kingdom, which do not belong to the same order. Nonetheless, this distinction is not a separation; for man's … Continue reading What is Liberation Theology?

An Introduction to Good Money

The following essay is a review and guide of the “Good Money” podcast series produced by New Polity. Every episode of the series is briefly summarized. We encourage you to follow the many links below to listen and learn more.  According to the Philosopher (Ethics IV.1) it belongs to the liberal man to part with … Continue reading An Introduction to Good Money

The Enclosure of the Commons

The great landlords destroyed deliberately and of set purpose and to their own advantage the common rights over common land. The small plutocracy with which they were knit up, and with whose mercantile elements they were now fused, directed everything to its own ends. That strong central government which should protect the community against the … Continue reading The Enclosure of the Commons

What is a “Just Wage” in Catholic Social Teaching?

Would that these words, written at a time [1891] when what has been called "unbridled capitalism" was pressing forward, should not have to be repeated today [1991] with the same severity. Unfortunately, even today one finds instances of contracts between employers and employees which lack reference to the most elementary justice regarding the employment of … Continue reading What is a “Just Wage” in Catholic Social Teaching?

Easy Excerpt: Dostoyevsky on the Age of Isolation

The following is an excerpt from The Brothers Karamazov by Fyoder Dostoyevsky, one of Dorothy Day’s favorite novels. The excerpt is taken from Book VI: “The Russian Monk”, Chapter II: “The Duel”, in which Father Zossima gives recollections of his youth before he became a monk. “What then, you don’t believe it,” he said. “You … Continue reading Easy Excerpt: Dostoyevsky on the Age of Isolation

Private Property in Classical Liberalism vs. Christian Tradition

Community of goods is ascribed to the natural law, not that the natural law dictates that all things should be possessed in common and that nothing should be possessed as one's own: but because the division of possessions is not according to the natural law, but rather arose from human agreement which belongs to positive … Continue reading Private Property in Classical Liberalism vs. Christian Tradition

Planning, Regulation, and Distributive Justice

On the second place there is the order of the whole towards the parts, to which corresponds the order of that which belongs to the community in relation to each single person. This order is directed by distributive justice, which distributes common goods proportionately. Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae II-II. Q61. A1. co. All people … Continue reading Planning, Regulation, and Distributive Justice