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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

#youngturks comment on the #pope's remarks about #capitalism

found via thisfragiletent

Some of the quotes in the clip are below 


"How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses 2 points?"
"As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world's problems or, for that matter, to any problems."
"Today everything comes under the laws of competition and survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless.As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape."
"Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a 'disposable' culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new.  . .. . The excluded are not the 'exploited' but the outcast, the 'leftovers.'"
"This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. "
"We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf (cf. Ex 32:1-35) has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose. "
"To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion, which have taken on worldwide dimensions."


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