October 10, 2002


IHS Press presents:

An Essay on the Restoration of Property

After more than 66 years since Belloc's masterful Distributist essay was issued by the Distributist League, IHS Press brings you a newly edited, footnoted edition of the Essay on the Restoration of Property, by Hilaire Belloc.

This concise, 104pp, easy-to-read but thorough and engaging essay, is Belloc's sketch of just what Distributists have in mind when they say that they long for a society of widely distributed productive property. In this clever essay, Belloc demonstrates that the society to which we've grown accustomed – a society in which most of us must work for someone else in exchange for a wage – is by no means necessary, but rather it is the result of free decisions by free men; and he says just as convincingly that those conditions can be changed by similarly free decisions, by similarly free men.

Many Americans, both Catholic and otherwise, become immediately defensive whenever someone suggests that there may be an economic alternative that is preferable to Capitalism. Immediately images of Soviet-style planned economies come to mind.

It is especially for these readers that Belloc's essay will be both illustrative and instructive, for he explains how it is possible to re-build a society in which men are both economically and politically free – free from the tyranny of state ownership of economic assets, as well as from the arbitrary tyranny exercised by huge corporations and industrial conglomerates.

In this era of Enron, Worldcom, JP Morgan, and you-name-which-other financial and business scandal, few will need serious persuading that the search for another way of doing business is worth undertaking. What Belloc provides is a description of where such a search might possibly lead, and – if we're lucky – where it will lead.

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ISBN 0-9714894-4-0

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An Essay on the Restoration of Property
by Hilaire Belloc


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An Essay on the Restoration of Property is Belloc's most famous Distributist tract, being a clear, concise, and straightforward sketch of how a society of real property owners might be re-established and defended.

"Re-established," because, contrary to popular opinion and our own personal experience, civilized society up until the last 150 years consisted largely of independent owners of real property. Men, either individually, as heads of families, or in cooperative enterprises, owned – as opposed to renting from a landlord or renting from a bank (what is now called a mortgage) – the means whereby they made their livelihood. Though such a situation is almost incomprehensible today, being as we are so accustomed to working for someone else for a wage in order to support ourselves, it was not so long ago that men possessed real freedom to control their own destiny. It is possible again; Belloc's outline is just one of many possible glimpses of what such a situation might look like.

We say "defended" because once established, such a society must be maintained by consensus, by custom, and by law. Modern economic "thought" would maintain that the "invisible hand" of the "free market" automatically guarantees the greatest amount of material and moral happiness for the greatest number in society; such nonsense should be easy enough to dismiss, in light of Enron, WorldCom, and you-name-which other scandal that has recvently rocked Wall Street as a result of the "no holds barred" and "anything goes" economic vision.

Just as some men in the not too distant past choose to inaugurate and implement the social-Darwinist economic free for all, so too may men today freely decide to move society in a different direction. A society where cooperation, community, and culture are superior to profit, franchise expansion, and silly fantasies like the "New Economy." All it takes is a vision, and a practical sense of how to implement that vision; Belloc's Essay provides both.

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 by Jean Ousset

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Action is a manual for the modern Catholic Crusader by one of the late 20th century's most respected and knowledgeable Catholic laymen.

Jean Ousset, one of France's foremost scholars of the Revolution, and a leader of the European anti-Marxist movement, founded La Cité Catholique in France in 1946 to spread the Social Reign of Christ. Action is one of his thorough and engaging -- yet practical -- manuals designed to inspire, motivate, and guide the modern Catholic layman in the understanding and performance of his duty to fight, with every available and lawful means, for the implementation of Catholic principles in society.

Of particular interest is Ousset's thorough, well-documented, and balanced treatment of the relationship between the clergy and the laity in the struggle for the triumph of Catholic principles in the temporal order. Additionally, he makes a clear and commonsense case for when it is not only lawful but also imperative to collaborate with non-Catholics of good will for the implementation of the Church's Social Doctrine for the salvation of temporal society.

No man of good will concerned about the state of modern society -- Catholic or otherwise -- who proposes to take some action in defense of what remains of Christendom can afford to be without this book. May God grant that it become a truly useful tool in the re-fashioning of a fervently and solidly Christian society.

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ISBN 0-9714894-1-6

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The Free Press
 by Hilaire Belloc

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The Free Press is Belloc's unabashed look at the establishment which in his day was the Press and in ours is the Media. It is the only work of its kind, being a critique and analysis of the modern Media from the coherent perspective of a Catholic and a Distributist.

In this remarkably subtle and thought-provoking essay, Belloc draws attention to the connection between Capitalism, Finance, and the Press, and from that premise explains the theoretical and practical evils which plague the modern Media, being as it is a creature of our modern economic and political system - not its critic and watchdog.

The Free Press is not just a criticism of the horrendously evil influence of a Media which manipulates, controls, and suppresses news and opinion according to the dictates of the enforced liberal order of capitalism and so-called democracy. It is a surprisingly relevant and up-to-the-minute apology for a Free Press - a press which, despite economic and political disadvantages, is free to report accurate news and sponsor an intelligent and serious exchange of ideas.

Of particular interest to the intelligent reader will be the Publisher's Preface, a thorough-going look at the modern Media Establishment and a discussion of what makes Belloc's writing from early in last century so important and so relevant today. Anyone who has ever suspected that the Media is more concerned with income than Truth will find Belloc's treatise of great value. It is an essential guide for forming a correct and intellectually sound opinion of the forces that control the Media and what can be done to liberate it.

A must read for anyone concerned about a truly Free Press!

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The Outline of Sanity
 by G.K. Chesterton

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The Outline of Sanity is an entertaining book - it will make you laugh. It is an engaging book - it will make you think. And it is an inspiring book -it will make you want to read more and do more.

It is this last quality which really sets The Outline apart from the mass of books on the otherwise dry topics of socialism, capitalism, and the economic order. For this is a book that Chesterton wrote not as a theoretical examination of socialist principles or capitalist hypotheses. He wrote it as a lively and common-sense - but nonetheless rigorous - examination of how both of the "isms" really work in the day-to-day world. He looked at the effect they had on families, homes, men. He did economics as if "economics" still had something to do with households.

The Outline is not just an uncompromising look at the economic side of modern society by a keenly intelligent and brutally honest writer. It is an introduction to the alternative perspective, one that transcends the Socialist/Capitalist dichotomy and offers a vision of an economic order which, rather than dominating man, actually serves him.

You'll have to buy the book to hear more. It is guaranteed not-to-disappoint. Whether you are a serious Catholic seeking the Catholic answer to today's problems, or merely an open-minded, socially-conscious reader who is not afraid to think about an alternative to the corporate rat race and government bureaucracy - The Outline of Sanity will give you a glimpse of that Distributist vision which offers the average man and woman a way out of the insanity of the current system.

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