If the system is immoral, why should anyone act morally?
Hobby Lobby is a terrible decision, and the underlying politics poke through the charade laid out in Samuel Alito’s opinion. People are right to be outraged, and it’s only going to get worse if the calmer-downers get people to shut up.
How is democracy supposed to work when so many people are so angry and hostile even to suggestions about change?
Piketty attacks inordinate wealth directly. Galbraith leaves it intact and hopes that some combination of traditional programs will reduce it and it’s associated power.
We should be listening to Pope Francis. He’s looking at the forest, while we aren’t even able to talk about trees.
We never learn from history. We repeat the same stupid mistakes century after century.
The people who call Piketty’s ideas utopian and impossible are making real change impossible.
I hope people can drop a few coins in the collection plate when it comes by. The homily today addresses the mental universe of another servant of the filthy rich.
The media buzz over Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is dying down, replaced by media buzz about a musician marrying an heiress and Stress Test by Timothy Geithner, the equivalent silliness for the rest of us. The chatter from ill-prepared journalists and pundits is being replaced by more substantive discussions from people who have actually read the book and comprehended what they were reading.
Piketty’s argument is that as long as the rate of return to capital exceeds the rate of growth in the economy, there will be an increase in inequality.