In a recent monologue Tucker Carlson sparked a serious discussion among conservatives about the degree to which capitalism is good for America. He said things like
What kind of country do you want to live in? A fair country. A decent country. A cohesive country. A country whose leaders don’t accelerate the forces of change purely for their own profit and amusement. A country you might recognize when you’re old.
Any economic system that weakens and destroys families is not worth having. A system like that is the enemy of a healthy society.
Beyond the debate about whether he was right, some conservatives have made comparisons between Carlson's economic views and those of distributists like G. K. Chesterton. Distributism is a conservative (often Catholic) alternative to socialism and radical free enterprise capitalism which emphasizes personal responsibility and property ownership for the working classes. Influential conservative blog theImaginativeConservative.com featured an article comparing Carlson to Chesterton saying
Despite being a century apart, both Mr. Carlson and Chesterton address the same ideas that threaten society: materialism, imperialism, feminism, and progressivism...
Rather than being condemned as a manipulative populist feeding the people’s paranoia, Mr. Carlson should be commended for voicing these concerns and putting them on the forefront and reviving optimism and humanity of distributism
Meanwhile, conservative talk show host Mike Church also saw distributism as very close to Carlson's viewpoint saying
You and I should pray those Ave Maria’s for Tucker’s conversion to The One True Faith; what an apostle for subsidiarity, solidarity and oh yeah, Distributism he will make.
Has Carlson ever spoken on distributism as an economic idea? Does he already see himself as in line with distributist thinkers, or does he see some flaw separating his ideas from theirs?