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Solidarism is a system of social organization which attempts to maintain private ownership of the means of production while at the same time placing above the property owner an authority - for example the state or the church - which is responsible for ensuring that the owners use their property in a suitable manner.[1] In other words, the ruling authority determines the norms and overall goals of society and is then entitled to ensure that all property owners are making use of their property in a way that meshes with the authority's preferences. Solidarism was popular during the French Third Republic where prior to World War I it was referred to as the official social philosophy.[1] The advocates of solidarism believed that such a system would be a middle way between socialism and capitalism; making use of the beneficial characteristics of both.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ludwig von Mises. Socialism, 1951, pages 263-266.