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Commentary :: Social Welfare
The Great Ecumene of the Churches against Capitalism
13 Sep 2019
"This economy kills!" The pope and the ecumene of 350 churches decry the reduction of persons to consumers and then commodities thrown away as trash. The neoliberal economiy of exclusion could be supersedede by an economy serving life.

The poor and marginalized are subjects in the process of their liberation, not objects of state care. Persons at the margins know their survival is in question and that abundant life for all requires different values and priorities. The pope and the great ecumene of 350 churches refuse to reduce the person to a cnsumer. "A globalization of indifference has developed to defend a lifestyle that excludes others and enthuses people for this egoistic ideal." (Evangelii Gaudium 2013).
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New values, priorities and consciousness
15 Sep 2019
When Bill Gates walks in the room, the median wealth skyrockets! The three richest Americans have more wealth than 160 million because financial capitalism and the casino economy rely on tax havens, micro-second trading, tax avoidance and insider trading! These market distortions are taboo subjects like the five children under 10 who die of malnutrition every minute! Nothing to see here!. The market isn't self-healing and doesn't create living-wage jobs automatically. That myth is burned into us by conventional economics departments and the media driven by profit-maximization!

The media give platforms to football. celebrity news and the two-headed snakes! Economic growth falls for all industrial countries. Information technology and robotics make labor super-productive and change economic reality. How can the gains of productivity be shared and not hoarded by the super-rich? What are the arguments against a four-day work week?

Inequality hurts - and kills- and all countries must discover new priorities and values to replace the neoliberal myths and fairy-tales. Pope Francis and the ecumene challenge us to see the poor as subjects in their liberation process and not objects of state care and to see the state as the embodiment of the public interest and not a bonus pot for special interests and private interests!

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