Capitalism allows a minority of elites to control over 90% of the world’s resources. It allows the super-wealthy to use our resources without our consent or even suggestions. It allows those with the very most power to be unhassled by democratic institutions and concepts, such as checks and balances.
To make matters worse, capitalism rewards those most willing to cheat, backstab, and exploit. And thus the most powerful people on earth are usually the most deserving of contempt and ire.
But apologists for capitalism insist that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Somehow, we have been made to believe that allowing a few odious people to control our resources was in our self-interest. Somehow, Christians (and others) have been made to believe that God did not give the earth and its bounties to be shared, but to be competed for.
Being it christmas, a season for brotherhood and love, I feel it to be an ideal time to review how the economic elites have been using our resources.