Humanize the economy


To the Editor:
A word from the wise: Pope Francis on May 16 while addressing some ambassadors, said he “loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but the Pope has the duty, in Christ’s name, to remind the rich to help the poor, to respect them, to promote them.” He exclaimed, “This will require a courageous change in attitude on the part of political leaders.”
Congressmen, are you listening? The pope went on to say, “We have created new idols, the ancient  worship of the golden calf has found a new, ruthless image in fetishism of money and the dictatorship (emphasis mine) of the economy without purpose or a truly human face.”
An economy that does not serve the common good of all in our society is a slave driver. Economies are man-made and they can be corrected and re-made. It is past time for us to address that task. There is no good reason why people in America should be hungry or homeless. There is no good reason why, in America people should be out of work and our schools be second rate. We must hold our political leaders accountable. We must demand better from them.  We must give our economic system a “truly human face.”
Arthur Donart, Ph.D.
Thomson, Ill.

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