Thursday, October 1, 2009

Helping the poor: religion vs. capitalism

Steven Spruiell on Michael Moore's new film.

At one point Moore’s anti-capitalist fervor takes a literally holier-than-thou turn. In a bit of voice-over narration, he tells the audience that he once considered entering the priesthood because he admired the church’s commitment to helping the poor. Moore interviews several priests and bishops, some of whom share his view that capitalism is evil and none of whom think capitalism is good for poor people. At no time does anyone mention that some of the most impoverished places in the world remained that way for centuries, despite the Catholic Church’s ministry there, but have become developed countries in the last few decades by instituting free-market reforms.

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