hould start here for the posting on 'We can Conquer Unemployment'
The second pamphlet is the 1938 'Ownership for All being the report of a committee appointed by the Executive of the Liberal Party Organisation into the Distribution of Property'
Elliot Dodds and included Liberal MP Harcourt Johnsone, Lucy Masterman, Milner Gray and Miss Jean Henderson.
The pamphlet has a Foreword by Lord Meston (of whom I know nothing -except that he had a room named after him at the National Liberal Club) It is stirring stuff:
..............."Ownership for All" is to be attained by the abolition of privilege and the equalising of opportunities. It is not a task speedy or easy of accomplishment. "It involves" says the report "profound and far-reaching changes in the existing social structure-changes much more profound than those called for by the Socialist programme"
The Introduction concludes by quoting the great Liberal distributionist
Mr Belloc -better known for his Cautionary Tales- of whom David Boyle has written in the Journal of Liberal History:
The influence of Belloc on Grimond Liberalism was almost unacknowledged - though Grimond later described the Belloc tradition as one "to be studied and fostered". Yet the Distributist themes were very prominent in the Liberal Revival years: industrial common ownership, resistance to bureaucracy and the whole idea of a non-socialist radical alternative.
The pamphlet strongly attacks the maldistribution of wealth and income. It calls for more effective Inheritance Taxes, land taxes,a war on monopolies and enhanced workers' rights with co ownership in industry.
Many of these ideas were not new. J S Mill argued for most of the same principles; advocating worker ownership, inheritance taxes and fearing the abuse of monopoly power. Dodds achievement was to make these ideas relevant in his time. They still present a challenge to us today and if we were to consider what would put in a Liberal budget today if we had a majority it would not be a bad place to begin.