I've been glancing over some of what Codg has been putting up regarding distributism. I won't pretend that I perfectly understand it. At a glance, I frankly like it. A lot. I like the focus on the family - the traditional family, even - as the primary unit of society, the idea unit which is kept in mind when policy decisions are made. It's probably the most controversial part of it nowadays, among idiots. (I recall some recent dustup in the UK - apparently some idiot politician was all worked up over the idea of policies meant to encourage and protect families on the grounds that it privileged traditional families over "non-traditional".)
I also like the emphasis on - as near as I can tell - family-owned businesses. Particularly the idea, as I take it, that individuals should be self-employed or family-employed whenever possible, rather than in someone else's employ. It seems like a great ideal to promote culturally, even if someone disagrees with ideas about promoting distributivism through law. (I always, always prefer to avoid legislative solutions when possible.)
And that's what's drawing me to learn more about Distributivism (After Codg kept writing about it). It's not just that the ideal itself appeals. It's also that it seems modest and reasonable enough to be an idea that can be moved forward on in the here and now - the sort of 'reform' that can actually be accomplished. And best of all, a type of reform where a lot of its ends (though by no means all of them) can be managed without involving the government. Really, it seems one can promote Distributivism in part by simply encouraging economic self-reliance and self-employment, and aiming for a family business.
One snag would be that it seems like Distributivism would function best in a city or town or collective of people who had very similar ideas. To that I'd say, I'm surprised that the wikipedia entry on Distributivism doesn't mention the amish at all. I have a hunch that not only is the amish model very similar to what Distributivism proposes (though of course nowhere near identical), but it could actually serve as evidence that the model can work on a certain level. The amish are a lot of things, but 'financially destitute' isn't really one of them.