Just to start, here is an excerpt from Aims and Means of the The Catholic Worker Movement:
A decentralized society, in contrast to the present bigness of government, industry, education, health care and agriculture. We encourage efforts such as family farms, rural and urban land trusts, worker ownership and management of small factories, homesteading projects, food, housing and other cooperatives--any effort in which money can once more become merely a medium of exchange, and human beings are no longer commodities.
Sounds a lot like what I have been reading about. As a matter of fact, reading, the whole document (which is short) on the Aims and Means of the Catholic Worker is worth the time.
The reason to be of the matter is contained in the last bit: human beings are no longer commodities. Because that is what we have become-tools to make money (either as producers for Big Corp or as Consumers)-not made in the image and likeness of God.
Oremus pro invicem!