BY MARY WANG
HOLLYWOOD actor and director Mel Gibson has urged politicians to read the work of Hilaire Belloc, the Liberal MP and 20th-century Catholic writer.
In an interview with the Daily Mail about his new film Edge of Darkness, Gibson said: “Political leaders ought to go back and read work like Hilaire Belloc. He
used to write about distributism. That suits me more. It’s not Communism; it’s redistribution. Of course, it would require that everyone is kind – which is never going to happen. That’s utopian. But if you study history you discover that it constantly regurgitates itself. You can only do your little bit, try to make some difference somewhere.” Hilaire Belloc was a prolific writer, influencing G K Chesterton in his conversion to Catholicism. He advocated spreading the ownership of the means of production as widely as possible.