Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Revolt of the Masses

A good review of a book everyone should read — Ortega y Gasset’s Defense of Elitism.

When I bought the book, with the same cover above, the clerk, who looked like a female Leon Trotsky, smiled flirtatiously and said, "I'm glad someone gets it." I didn't want to spoil the moment (in fact I wanted to flee as quickly as possible), so didn't bother to explain the book's thesis.

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Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

I don't have any better place to suggest Toward A Truly Free Market, touted in the review I've just linked as a presentation of Distributism in economic terms. I haven't read it, but thought you might take an interest.

1:52 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks for the link. I've heard about that book and would have snapped it up immediately years ago, but, sadly, Mr. Médaille's online writings have done a lot to dampen my interest in Distributivism.

First, I've never read an article of his in which he explains how the system will work without massive FDR-style state management of the economy. Second, he uses the word "libertarian" the way dumb conservatives use "liberal," as if using one word alone will suffice as an argument. "So-and-so is a libertarian, therefore he is wrong." He's also too quick to call Catholics who disagree with him heretics.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Distributionism doesn't rely on government intervention -- in fact, it relies on precisely the opposite. The only way the big corporation economy works is through constant government intervention to prop up the large corporations and shield them from true free market conditions. A distributionist economy is what would result if government ceased to artificially prop up corporations and simply let market forces actually function in the economic sphere.

12:25 PM  
OpenID pypaik said...

Thanks for posting the link. Ortega's book is a wonderful corrective to the last man thinking that dominates the mass media as well as too much of higher education.

12:13 PM  

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