Integral Catholicism
A Meditation On The Social, Political and Economic Philosophy of All Times
Louis Zdunich

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Starts with the history of the first faint beginnings of the capitalist fiancial/industrial mode in the late thirteenth century and summarizes the spiritual, political and organizational consequences that followed in its wake. Capitalism is shown to be a gradually-developing movement diametrically opposed to Christian Western Civilization-this latter having taken form legally and developmentally over the past two millennia. More recently, this hostile progression of opposing forces has culminated in a kind of open and subtle warfare of attrition of which capitalism would only apparently seem to be the decisive winner. While exposed as false is the notion of a fundamental opposition between capitalism and communism-the latter convincingly shown to be only a subset of the former. Springing as it does from the same ideological, financial and scale-related universe.

Distributism, with its highest form of development being here called Integral Catholicism, is the real opposite of capitalism-as well as being the only genuine form of economic individualism. Being inseparably connected to the needs of the individual human person and that organizational scale-and socioeconomic setting-that are most congenial to him. This while the capitalism/distributism duality of methods and values is held to have already been present in ancient times in a Greek vs. Roman dichotomy. The latter Empire having been essentially distributive in its inspiration--fundamentally marked by the personal/contractual bond-while the former was essentially collectivist and proto-capitalist.

Finally, put forward as the intrinsic model of any just and truly prosperous society is the Blessed Trinity-this writing symbolizing an adherence to that doctrine which at the deepest of levels separates Catholicism from all other creeds. None of them partaking to any like degree in the innumerable implications-spiritual, social, organizational-of the Catholic Trinitarian teaching. Yet at the same time the model presented is essentially applicable to nations of any persuasion.

The principles presented in this work are likely to be found by the reader to be both eminently-realistic and natural-of-grasp. While being able to be carried away with a uniquely-satisfying sense of intellectual completeness. Proposals which - if not immediately applicable in their totality - yet emanate from a strongly-motivated orientation which at the very least is likely thereafter to positively flavor ones whole approach to policy and organization. Offering a new realism which if given a chance can profoundly alter present disturbing trends.

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