the nature of justice
"I also disagree with the notion that the concentration of wealth is a large political problem."Really? Well, if wealth lets O.J. search for the killer it must be all right...
Likewise, some of the assertions seem dubious and could use some references. But that’s the web for you, and in all seriousness, there are some provocative and helpful ideas about money and politics here.
The basic premise of the discussion is that inequality in
As a Christian I just can’t agree that wealth itself isn’t a central part of the problem. To deflect blame for inequality in our country from wealth and gross capital appreciation seems just the kind of ivory-tower thinking that wealth affords. But I do agree that the problem is more than just financial. She muses that:
“…if the rich start passing on, not money, but the habits, skills, and social capital to make your own money, the result could be an aristocracy more deeply entrenched than any ever seen in America.”
What I like about this sentiment is that it recognizes the problem is greater than raw dollars. I do believe there is a culture of despair, that “hope deferred makes the heart sick,” but what I don’t like is how precisely her conclusion ignores the material nature of the inequality and impossibility for some to challenge it regardless of "...habits, skills, and social capital."
Broke is broke. Sick is sick. Dead is dead.
So I find that I am in agreement with her conclusion that more than just dollars are needed but I think that the Gospel is the answer she is unwittingly seeking, not simply civic improvement. And here is the challenge to all of us who would minister to the victims of inequality: How will we pass on habits, skills and social capital to ease the yoke upon them, without suggesting that becoming the next billionaire is exactly what God wants?