BELLOC SERVILE STATE by H. BELLOC THE SERVILE STATE By HILAIRE BELLOC ” If we do not restore the Institution of Property we cannot. The Servile State has ratings and 31 reviews. Joe said: Hilaire Belloc offers us a concise history of economics in Europe generally, and the distribu. In , Hilaire Belloc published The Servile State, in which the Englishman prophesied that the world was moving to a reestablishment of.

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In recent months, there has been a good deal of discussion of change in the United States. Sadly, over the last two centuries, the direction in which this country has been changing seems to be away from liberty and seervile more control. The present changes are hardly unprecedented and certainly not unforeseen. In this essay I will examine two authors, Hilaire Belloc and F. Hayek, who present a useful analysis of our present situation. InHilaire Belloc published The Servile Statein which the Englishman prophesied that the world was moving to a reestablishment of slavery.

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This book made quite an impression on a number of thinkers, including F. Hayek makes favorable mention of Belloc’s work in The Road to Serfdomwhich depicts the modern world as reversing its advance from slavery to liberty. Belloc defines the Servile State as “that arrangement of society in which so considerable a number of the families and individuals are constrained by positive law to labor for the advantage of other families and individuals as to stamp the whole community with the mark of such labor.

The Servile State is not the market economy. It is also not simply socialism. Instead, it is a creation of the State to benefit a class, which is considered free, and for which class the system is perpetuated by force of law.


Essentially, it is a Atate marked by artificial, government-created monopolies. Hayek provides the rise of Nazism as an example of what Belloc warns against.

The Servile State by Hilaire Belloc

The direction that the United States is heading may well provide another case. The first area that comes to mind is the healthcare debate. Certain drafts of the bill contain a provision mandating healthcare coverage of a level acceptable to the government.

If a person does not purchase such coverage, he is threatened with a fine and possibly jail time for refusal to comply. Secondly, data from the tax year shows that the top 50 percent of American tax payers now pay over 97 percent of all income tax.

Generally, less taxes being paid is something to celebrate. However, in this case, we have one group, “net tax payers,” which provides the support, to an increasing degree, for another group, “net tax receivers.

As the number of “net tax receivers” rises past 50 percent, the Servile State’s requirements are met. In The Road to SerfdomHayek notes that the tendency towards socialism and slavery is a reversal of the whole evolution of Western civilization away from slavery and centralization since the fall of Rome. In order to support his claim that corporate-government collusion is not required for economic success, he cites a government report stating that “the superior efficiency of large establishments has not been demonstrated.

Corporatist policies are generally thought of as monopolies and governments conspiring together to keep the working man in bondage to them with no hope of escape.

This stage the picture presented by Belloc. The unique feature of the present assault on liberty is that it seems, at first, to be the reverse. The “wealthy” are being made the slaves of the “poor. The problem hte this analysis is that instead of helping the poor against the rich, what is really happening is that government is being expanded. Net tax receivers become de facto employees of the State, and thus have no natural incentive to upset the status quo.


To do so would literally be to bite the hand that feeds them. In fact, these new net tax receivers, because they are dependent upon the government for at least part of their subsistence, are a slave class as well under Belloc’s definition.

What does this expanded government do? Well, so far we have witnessed the de facto nationalization of the banking and finance sector, the unabashed hillaire of General Motors, and now we see attempts to socialize medicine and to continue the expansion of the war in Afghanistan.

So, in the end, the expansion of the welfare state is used to legitimize the expansion of the corporatist-warfare state. We march towards slavery, accompanied by songs of fairness and change. In the end, though, nothing is new under the sun. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom London: University of Chicago Press,p. Foulis,p. It is my bellc that Belloc’s mistake on this point comes from his consideration of capitalism in a democratic framework, which does have inherent tendencies towards statism and socialism.

A further examination of this point is beyond the scope of this article. View the discussion thread. Skip to main content. The ‘wealthy’ are being made the slaves of the ‘poor’.

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