Another Famous T. Woods Stumbles Publicly

Mr. Tuttle,

I reviewed the Thomas Woods link on distributism.  In it he characterizes distributists thusly:

“Confronted with the complexities of foreign trade and financial organizations, he is like  a savage introduced to a dynamo or a steam engine.  He is too frightened and angry even to feel curiosity.  Attempts to explain the mechanism merely enrage him:…”

I must confess I am not exactly sure what a “dynamo” is.  Faced with such a machine I may well succumb to fear and anger.  Perhaps Awkward Guy may pull me back from the brink if I begin to allow my savage rage to surface in our discussion.

I have enjoyed two of Woods’ books, one on the US constitution and one on the recent financial crisis.  Both were insightful and well reasoned.  His attack on distributism is a worthless pile of venomous rhetorical tricks.  He creates a false dichotomy between distributism and free market economics.  Would anyone argue that the way to increasing independence and improving the competitiveness of small businesses is through increased government regulation?  Or is that just some straw man that Wood propped up to spew his venom on?

Then Woods takes us on a tour of the industrial revolution and points out how wonderful it was that jobs were created that resulted in increased life expectancy and decreased child mortality.  With this I have no quarrel.  But my intent is not to critique the industrial revolution.  As  I said in my first post, it is not until everyone is fed that other questions gain traction.

Finally, Woods creates another false dichotomy between those who practice distributism, small scale CSA farmers, etc. and those who blog about it.   And you have the discourtesy to fling that in my face.  To that all I can say is that you and he are both welcome to come over to my place and split wood, fix fences, shovel manure or do the bookkeeping for my business while we talk about it.

If your impression of distributism comes from his attack article and my semi-literate defenses, I recommend to you the wikipedia introduction to Distributism.

I really shouldn’t presume to speak for Ms. Wolfe.  Courtesy aside, she could probably kick my butt.  As for you, I must reluctantly agree.  You probably are not a true distributist.  Working as you do for the corporate socialist banking system in a state licensed  occupation, you are more of a co-opted tool of the state.  But the Force is strong in you and one day you will turn away from the dark side.

-Harry Dexter White


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