Robert Stark interviews John Médaille

Robert Stark interviews John Médaille

Robert Stark and co-host Charles Lincoln interview John Médaille. John is a retired businessman who teaches in the Theology and Business departments at the University of Dallas, and is a senior scholar with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War, a former city councilman, and the author of two books, “The Vocation of Business: Social Justice in the Marketplace” (2007) and “Toward a Truly Free Market: A Distributist Perspective.”

Topics include:

The culture and economy of Texas
How a Free Market is defined by a high degree of competition and participation
How capitalism is not a truly free market and leads to consolidation
How conservatism became redefined as corporate global capitalism instead of local control and tradition
The need to end corporate subsidies and regulations favoring large corporations
The Transportation System as a subsidy to corporations
Monopolies in the media and communications
Anti-Trust Laws
Banking and the need to end to big to fail banks in favor of localized banking
Georgism and the theory on land speculation
Why John favors a wealth tax over an income tax
How the breaking up of large estates led to the economic success of Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea
The Emilia-Romagna Cooperatives in Northern Italy
Free Trade deals and how they destroyed small businesses and manufacturing
Healthcare reform involving patents and guilds systems
How guilds could issue health insurance at cheaper rates the insurance companies
Why John’s advocates providing services locally

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2 replies »

  1. I was in that part of Italy back in 1992, in fact it was poorer than Milan. Milan is more into the international trade which he opposes. Local is ok but let’s say too local is usually pretty poor. its just that international companies can moved around. Also, 3-d printing means you could be both local and international. Making things local but sell international. What about merging factory and service together like microbrewers for example. Probably why I didn’t convert to being a real distributists. I agree the oil boom was a big factor with Texas but Austin is a cheaper tech placed than Silicon Valley would reason it was created

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