Hello. I have recently been researching distributism, particularly from some of its main proponents like Chesterton, Belloc, Joseph Pearce, Dale Ahlquist, etc., and the encyclicals which inspire it, and I’ve been trying to think of ways it could be effectively implemented in society. To me, one of the biggest questions, as with any economic system, is which political/governmental system would best suit it. My question is not only about the form of government, such as monarchy or democracy, but what role the government would need to take in order to implement distributism and prevent its degeneration into capitalist or communist forms.
In my personal opinion, the best form of government for distributism, and in general, would be a constitutional monarchy, with democratic (not republican) structures on a more local level for the sake of subsidiarity. I believe this could give local businesses more of a voice, while a monarch could prevent any individuals or corporations from gaining too wide a control of the means of production and thus hindering the free market and local business, and could assure that mob rule would never overwhelm the constitution, as has occurred with legalized abortion contradicting our constitutional right to life.
I am not asking if you personally like or approve of distributism; this is not meant to advocate for it or compare it to capitalism or socialism. My point is speculative and purely focused on the role of government and its most appropriate form for a distributist economy. Thank you and God bless.