SOTU Hangover and Rethinking Capitalism

Capitalism - certainly the brand of capitalism practiced in the US - encourages greed, selfishness and a general disregard of the well-being of others. I don't often quote any Pope, but Pope Francis is certainly right about this: Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it [...]

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Unfettered Capitalism

That unfettered capitalism that the Pope recently decried was on full display this holiday weekend in all its ugliness. A San Diego man, dressed as Santa, decided to ridicule all the idiots lined up on Thanksgiving night to save a couple of bucks: Of course, it wasn't only the lowly minimum-wage workers who had to leave their family gatherings early to wait on the gluttons, but the police who were called in to work too.  At least one Black Friday death was reported, plus stabbings, tramplings and general fights over stuff.  It's worth a click here to see some of [...]

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