John C. Médaille
I am the father of five, an adjunct Instrutor of theology at the University of Dallas, and a real estate agent in Irving, Texas. (If you need a home in North Texas, visit my real estate site -- hey!, everybody's gotta make a living!). This site is a repository for some of my writings on Distributivism and other topics.
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What, briefly, this is all about.
This article, which appeared in the January, 2000 issue of The New Oxford Review, outlines the main thrust of Catholic Social Teaching as it is presented in Rerum Novarum, Quadragesimo Anno, Centesimus Annus, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, and Laborem Exercens, and discusses the Distributivist response to the Teaching.
We all know what Adam Smith has to say about economics, right? Well, maybe not. Does Smith really support the "capitalist" system (a term he never uses), or does he have something else in mind?
This article examines the manipulation of pork prices by "hog factories" that drive real farmers out of business without any benefit to the public and with much subsidy from the public purse.
The debate over the meaning and ownership of land is not an exclusively modern one. Indeed, this debate is played out in the drama of the Old Testament as a struggle between the rights of the people and the rights of the King and the Landlords.
Are wages really controlled by an "iron law"?
Can we really dispense with "values" in an economic system? This article argues that without a theological foundation, a complete description of economics is impossible.
Likely more detail than you wanted.
From Aristotle to Friedman, its been a heck of a ride.
The three are closely related.
Short of a revolution, can the capitalist system be saved? Only if it can evolve.
There are only two problems with neo-conservatism: it is not new, and it is not conservative.
Only God is really a "being"; man is more of a "becoming."
Is the will the servant of the intellect (as in St. Thomas), or the reverse (as in Bl. Duns Scotus)? And why it matters.
Spinosa uses Augustine to subvert the Bible. Very clever of him.
"What hope must always defer to the future, faith is capable of grasping as a present reality." --Hans Urs von Balthasar
"A religion of Nirvana cannot understand what kenosis means in a Christian sense; but it is a hair's breadth away from it."-- Hans Urs von Balthasar. An examination of Eastern and Western "Enlightenment."
Examines the ontological (i.e., Trinitarian) roots of gender.
Divine and human freedom as rooted in the Trinity.
Dare we hope that all men may be saved?
Was Jesus really one of us? The devil seemed to think so.
Christian philosophers have always sided with Socrates in this debate; maybe they've been backing the wrong horse.
How much of the modern world can be credited to (or blamed on) St. Thomas?
Kierkegaard restored the notion of faith as "faith in a person" rather than mere belief in propositions.
St. Augustine provides a simply hermeneutic key for understanding the Bible. Does it really work?
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-- This organization seeks a practical way to implement the wider ownership of industrial wealth by distributing the growth in the economy to the workers in the form of stocks. Current owners would be deprived of none of their current property, but new growth would accrue to the workers and other constituent groups. This is a "must see" site.
-- An International Journal published by The Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture.
-- One of the most comprehensive sites on Catholic Social Teaching, this site is run by Robert Waldrop of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House in Oklahoma City.
-- There is a Distributivist Political Party -- in England. Check out their site for some refreshing political commentary.
-- If advertising is the ultimate in American Culture (and I greatly fear that it is), then Adbusters is the ultimate counter-cultural site.
-- A magazine devoted to the great G. K. Chesterton.
-- Distributivism as practiced on the street and in the slums of America.
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