product description page

Of Labour and Liberty : Distributism in Victoria 1891-1966 (Paperback) (Race Mathews)

$29.95
shipping not available
free order pickup not available
not sold at Atlanta Edgewood

about this item

This book arises from the author's half a century and more of political and public policy involvement. It's a response to evidence of a precipitous decline in active citizenship, resulting from a loss of confidence in politics, politicians, parties and parliamentary democracy; the rise of 'lying for hire' lobbyism; increasing concentration of capital in the hands of a wealthy few; and corporate wrong-doing and criminality. It questions whether political democracy can survive indefinitely in the absence of economic democracy - of labour hiring capital rather than capital labour. It highlights the potential of the social teachings of the Catholic Church and the now largely forgotten Distributist political philosophy and program that originated from them as a means of bringing about a more equal, just and genuinely democratic social order. It describes and evaluates Australian attempts to give effect to Distributism, with special reference to Victoria. It documents as grounds for hope the support and advocacy of Pope Francis, and ownership by some 83,000 workers of the Mondragon co-operatives in Spain. Race Mathews is a former Chief of Staff to Gough Whitlam, Federal MP, Victorian MP and Minister, Local Government Councillor, academic, speech therapist and primary teacher. He has held numerous positions in the Australian Labor Party and the co-operative and credit union movements and has written and spoken widely about their history, attributes, and activities. A major focus of his research has been the great complex of worker-owned co-operatives at Mondragon in the Basque region of Spain and its origins in the social teachings of the Catholic Church. He is married to writer Iola Mathews, and lives in Melbourne.

more to consider

  • Official Isc 2 Guide to the Sscp Cbk (Hardcover) (Adam Gordon)

    $76.00

  • Zapatistas' Dignified Rage : Final Public Speeches of Subcommander Marcos (Paperback)

    $13.36

  • Borders and Mobility in Turkey : Governing Souls and States -  by Shoshana Fine (Hardcover)

    $66.49

  • Old-Fashioned Christmas Coloring Book (Paperback) (Ted Menten)

    $5.99

  • Oregon Nature Set : Field Guides to Wildlife, Birds, Trees & Wildflowers of Oregon (Paperback) (James

    $12.20

recommended

  • Aveeno® Ultra-Calming® Daily Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin With Broad Spectrum SPF 15 - 4 fl oz

    $13.79

  • Vasilus Bonded Leather 29.5" Barstool Set 2ct - Christopher Knight Home

    $269.59 - $336.79

  • PAW Patrol Adventure Bay Railway Track Set

    $22.49

  • Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers - 10oz

    $4.19

  • A-Z of Wool Embroidery (Paperback)

    $13.56


from the manufacturer


guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.