I did not know there is such a joke about capitalism.
I only knew one on world ideologies explained with cows, which I have also used in my little book on communism. I will publish it in the next blog post.
Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America and of other books has just published a very interesting article on poverty in The Atlantic. Here are a few excerpts, which, I hope, will motivate you to read the entire article.
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Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson made a move that was unprecedented at the time and remains unmatched by succeeding administrations. He announced a War on Poverty, saying that its “chief weapons” would be “better schools, and better health, and better homes, and better training, and better job opportunities.”
Johnson seemed to have established the principle that it is the responsibility of government to intervene on behalf of the disadvantaged and deprived. But there was never enough money for the fight against poverty, and Johnson found himself increasingly distracted by another and deadlier war—the one in Vietnam. Although underfunded, the War on Poverty still managed to provoke an intense backlash from conservative intellectuals and politicians.
In their view, government programs could do nothing to help the poor because poverty arises from the twisted psychology of the poor themselves. Continue reading “Barbara Ehrenreich – It Is Expensive to Be Poor”
Intr-un articol publicat de jurnalul National din Moldova, prietenul meu Vasile Ernu prezinta ceea ce ar trebui sa fie, in opinia lui, un program electoral minimal pentru a instaura justitia sociala in Romania. In acest context, Vasile, care spre deosebire de mine este un om de stinga, isi prezinta programul – NU, el nu candideaza la presedintie; cel putin nu de data asta 🙂 – in contrast cu acela al candidatei Monica Macovei, program care este extrem de liberal – in sensul european al acestui cuvint, caci la americani, ca de obicei, este exact invers.
Iata ‘programul lui Ernu’, cu care sunt de acord cel putin in proportie de 90%. Adaug, [intercalate] in text si marcate cu DM, comentariile mele, din perspectiva angajarii mele sociale si crestine:
Voi simplifica şi sintetiza pentru a fi mai limpede. Monica Macovei (citeşte: MM & Băsescu & Ponta & Co) şi majoritatea candidaţilor susţin una, iar eu (şi din fericire nu sunt singurul), în cazul dat, alta. Continue reading “Vasile Ernu – Program electoral minimal”
To Professor Klaus Schwab Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum
I am very grateful for your kind invitation to address the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, which, as is customary, will be held at Davos-Klosters at the end of this month. Trusting that the meeting will provide an occasion for deeper reflection on the causes of the economic crisis affecting the world these past few years, I would like to offer some considerations in the hope that they might enrich the discussions of the Forum and make a useful contribution to its important work.
Ours is a time of notable changes and significant progress in different areas which have important consequences for the life of humanity. In fact, “we must praise the steps being taken to improve people’s welfare in areas such as health care, education and communications” (Evangelii Gaudium, 52), in addition to many other areas of human activity, and we must recognize the fundamental role that modern business activity has had in bringing about these changes, by stimulating and developing the immense resources of human intelligence. Nonetheless, the successes which have been achieved, even if they have reduced poverty for a great number of people, often have led to a widespread social exclusion. Indeed, the majority of the men and women of our time still continue to experience daily insecurity, often with dramatic consequences. Continue reading “Pope Francis – Address to the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum”
(Source, The Economist) Thanks to my son for the link.
The Pope kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users (CNS)
VATICAN CITY, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Pope Francis said in the first peace message of his pontificate that huge salaries and bonuses are symptoms of an economy based on greed and inequality and called again for nations to narrow the wealth gap.
In his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace, marked around the world on Jan. 1, he also called for sharing of wealth and for nations to shrink the gap between rich and poor, more of whom are getting only “crumbs”.
“The grave financial and economic crises of the present time … have pushed man to seek satisfaction, happiness and security in consumption and earnings out of all proportion to the principles of a sound economy,” he said.
“The succession of economic crises should lead to a timely rethinking of our models of economic development and to a change in lifestyles,” he said. Continue reading “The Pope of the Poor Strikes Again”
Peter Brabeck, CEO of Nestle, at the time when this statement was made, argues that water is NOT a basic human right and, therefore, should be privatised, like any other kind of food. You can find Brabeck’s statement at minutes 1.50 to 3.30.
As a result, Nestle is trying to get a hold of many water resources around the world, wit very little concern for what this does to access to water of the people in that area, let alone the pollution created by the plastic bottles use to distribute that water. Continue reading “Nestle – Water, NOT a Basic Human need”