The servile state is a 1912 book authored by hilaire belloc the book is primarily a history of capitalism in europe and a repudiation of the convergence of big business with the state belloc lays out two alternatives distributionism and collectivism. Belloc defined 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. By belloc hilaire 1870 1953 publication date 1912 topics economic history social history socialism collectivism industrial policy great britain economic policy. Yes indeedthe servile state never advcated state socialism and our modern politicians would trigger bellocs gag reflex but long after his death most families have become middle class and they now own the so called means of production via shares their individual retirement funds company or union pension funds etc
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