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Monday, November 24, 2014

Well-Intentioned Charities Not A Solution to Income Inequality Or The Global Climate Crisis

(Pope Francis Demands Just Distribution Of World's Wealth)

You don't solve the crisis created by a broken economic system with an endless array of charities, no matter how well-intentioned those charities may be. You solve the problem with a new economic system that is fundamentally different from what most nations utilize today.

That's not to say there is no place for charities within the parameters of our given framework. We certainly want people to give, and to give generously, as we, simultaneously, go about the task of transforming societies worldwide.

Poverty, as Nelson Mandela used to say, is a man-made invention, not an accident, and can be done away with through our own actions if we get together and organize to create a better future for our children.

What we have today must undergo a radical transformation in a very short amount of time because what we understand to be capitalism isn't really capitalism, at all, and is an, ultimately, highly destructive and lethal force to be reckoned with.

It's a hybrid of many things, but mostly it's socialism for the rich and capitalism (free markets) for the poor. Of course, this isn't fair by design; the system is, in fact, rigged in favor of the well to do, not the poor.

Al Capone, the notorious American gangster, used to say that capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class, and the events of the last 30-40 years have resoundingly confirmed his viewpoint much to the dismay of many of those most affected by social and economic injustice.
While we could endlessly debate how to define such an economic system, what we do know beyond a doubt is that this brand of capitalism is founded on greed as it's guiding principle, and this foundation simply does not work for us humans.

Jesus, after all, didn't walk the shores of Galilee to teach us the merits of capitalism and He certainly didn't intend for us to spend the next two thousand years searching for some mythical superior moral justification for selfishness.

This spirit of competition has created a dog-eat-dog world of cut-throat capitalism and nations that are chock full of sociopathic, compassionless and remorseless, psychologically-lobotomized zombies. We must recognize and come to grips with this in very short fashion.

Greed has us all on a one-way path towards self-destruction and, quite simply, capitalism isn't compatible with the survival of life on Earth for very much longer.

Turning everything, including human beings, into a commodity signifies an early exit from the ranks of the living for us humans and an abrupt end to all our hopes, dreams and aspirations.

Nothing will remain of what once was except for the shallow, massive graveyard that planet Earth will become for the rest of eternity if we do not resist those who are wittingly, unwittingly, or both, guiding us all towards destruction.

We will quickly replace rigged capitalist economies with more humane, just economic systems and, correspondingly, change our political systems and way of thinking to boot or face the unenviable prospect of perishing long before our time is due.