Peter Maurin’s Influences

The content of Maurin’s program was not original, but rather based on large doses of…

  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Peter “Prince” Kropotkin
  • Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
  • Hillaire Belloc
  • G.K. Chesterton
  • Eric Gill
  • Vincent McNabb
  • Pope Leo XIII
  • Pope Pius XI
  • Luigi Sturzo

…among others.  The blending of these diverse thinkers and the merging of their ideas into a coherent worldview were indeed original.  Medieval communal anarchism, distrust of government, agrarianism, personalism, and a strong emphasis on the controlling rule of religion in society are the result.



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