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. This last statement agrees with bellocs description of the servile state being caused by government serving the interests of business the main difference between hayek and belloc is that unlike hayek belloc believed that a move towards the servile state was a natural result of the instability of capitalism
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