Right on the money

The archbishop of Canterbury has taken fresh aim at the forces of Mammon, arguing that the primacy of free markets is only being sustained by "tempting fantasies of unlimited growth" and that companies have entrenced a "working culture that undermines the family".

Read : http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d2a52daa-d2e8-11de-af63-00144feabdc0.html.

What the man says is not so different from the contents of the last letter of the pope : "Veritas in caritate", but the man speaks in plain language, while in order to read and to understand a papal message you need doctorates in philosophy, theology, church history and what not ...

Some excerpts :

"We are still haunted by the dogma dat the economic world, economic realities, economic motivations and so on belong to a completely different frame of reference from the sort of human decisions we usually make."

"The hectic inflation of demand creates personal anxiety and rivalry. By systematically depleting the resources of the planet, it systematically destroys the basis for long-term wellbeing."

Dr Williams, accused by some economists of lacking financial literacy - while they often completely lack human literacy - also said economic stimulus plans are like encouraging "an addict to return to the drug" of continuing growth. Whaaauw ... I wish I had thought of that one !

Over the years I have heard a lot of hogwash and woolly nonsense come out of the mouth of the archbishop ; but this time he is right on the money !!

The full speech can be found on : http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/2608.

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