Capitalism guts the gospel

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Catholicism’s insistence on those twin pillars of our social ethics, the dignity of the human person and the common good take a real beating in the most “religious country” of all, the United States of Amnesia.

In advanced capitalist countries and in particular in the US where a virulent turbocapitalism sets the public agenda, we see our ethics trampled on a daily basis. Nowhere more obvious in the shameless gutting of health care for all and the single payer system our Prime Minister Harper is attempting to gut by stealth.

We shake our heads in disgust at the botched implementation of Obamacare. This failed program does nothing but put a patch on a broken system which keeps resisting single payer. We  sadly observe faulty websites and literally millions of cancelled health plans. The wealthiest country in the world privileges profit not the care of humans. The sick get excluded in the name of investor dividends. So many individual companies each with this end in view are bound to fail. The lobbyists (5 to every Congressman) prevented the single payer option.

This is tragic. Drug companies along with insurance companies and medical suppliers worship at the altar of profit not the common good or the dignity of the human.

The US system is a joke. It costs about double what  civilized  countries pay and it still leaves about 50 million uninsured. Obamacare certainly would have cut down the number of the uninsured but now chaos reigns.

Capitalism runs roughshod over the gospel.

What does it mean to be religious in the USA?

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    Catholicism’s insistence on those twin pillars of our social ethics, the dignity of the human person and the common good take a real beating in the most “religious country” of all, the United States of Amnesia.

    It takes a beating in every country in the world, especially in Canada.

    In advanced capitalist countries and in particular in the US where a virulent turbocapitalism sets the public agenda, we see our ethics trampled on a daily basis.

    It’s called Crony Capitalism, NOT Capitalism per se

    Nowhere more obvious in the shameless gutting of health care for all and the single payer system our Prime Minister Harper is attempting to gut by stealth.

    I wonder why so many Canadians travel to the U.S for medical care that they can’t get in Canada, at least not in time, not before the cancer spreads and kills them? I pay more, on my pay cheque, for OHIP than my siblings pay for their medical insurance in the U.S, and there are no wait times there

    The wealthiest country in the world privileges profit not the care of humans.

    No, it’s actually good health care for humans that’s the priority, and Obamacare will guarantee that the care of ordinary human beings will deteriorate in the U.S. It’s basic economics. When governments decide to make things affordable, they reallocate scarce resources and make life much more difficult for specific sectors of the economy, but better for other sectors. The result is a decline in quality for that service that was made affordable. If the government decided to make pizza affordable for everyone, the price of pizza would go down, but not its cost. The quality of pizza would deteriorate very quickly, for all competition would be wiped out very quickly, and there would be only one pizza producer. If we don’t like the quality, they say tough luck for you, and there’s nothing we can do. Everything is a trade off in economics, and the repercussions are far reaching and subtle, and I suspect that you have no idea how complex the knowledge problem is. For you, it’s very simple. Make health care affordable for everyone, that’s justice, and all will be swell. You should have studied economics. That would slow you down and make you re-think your quick and simple and absolutist conclusions.

    The sick get excluded in the name of investor dividends.

    Your hero must be Michael Moore

    This is tragic. Drug companies along with insurance companies and medical suppliers worship at the altar of profit not the common good or the dignity of the human.

    Oh, brother! Such a simple minded man. If only it were that simple. Who is going to pay the costs of researching and producing drugs? The Treasury?

    The US system is a joke.

    Correction! This blog …..

    What does it mean to be religious in the USA?

    What does it mean to be religious in Canada?

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    wmgrace Says:

    In many respects capitalism has marginalized Christianity to the point that it is no longer relevant as a force for positive social and economic change. Capitalism continues to replace authentic Gospel values with its insidious and pervasive gospel of greed and economic Darwinism.

    There really isn’t anything new under the sun. At best, arguments supporting capitalism are simply reformulations of the arguments that have been used since the beginning of time to keep down the oppressed and raise up the powerful, whether that be in the economic, social or political sphere. At worst, the arguments are largely self-serving, reactionary, arrogant and myopic. Anyone who takes an honest look at history will see humanity’s ongoing struggle for justice and social equality. Apologists for capitalism however, live only in the present where knowledge of human development and historical realities is suppressed.

    Vast numbers of unemployed, tens of millions of Americans without health care, millions impoverished and hungry children as well as shattered pensions and dreams are the direct results of capitalism’s grip. As a Canadian I cannot imagine not being able to pay for medical expenses yet this is the day in, day out reality south of the border. Once successful, middle-class Americans are living in their cars and surviving on charity as a result of Casino Wall St. There is much more…


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