It’s an old idea. Establish a bottom line of poverty — below which no one must be allowed to fall. Abu Bakr, Islam’s first Caliph, introduced the concept in the 6th Century. Napoleon later fielded the idea in Europe, as did Thomas Paine in the USA. Then came a flood of proposals — to establish…… Continue reading The Rise and Fall of Guaranteed Income
There are so many issues around poverty, but the spiritual issue is largely ignored in our consumption-worshipping culture. We’re all supposed to be medium-poor in our frugality of spirit, as we renounce the excesses of empty affluence. Instead we glut ourselves on all the commodities we can wring out of the market, and we ignore…… Continue reading Preference for the Poor
We have to stop looking at the food bank as a place that keeps the destitute alive — keeps them out of sight over there, so we can feel good about ourselves over here. We have to stop looking at food bank recipients as society’s lost souls, cast aside with little left to contribute to…… Continue reading More Than Food Banks
Believe it or not, a serious argument can be made that freedom can be exploitative, as well as degrading. Even if you don’t accept the argument, you need to know it. It goes to the very nature of our beloved capitalism. But how can it be? Economists say exploitation is illogical in a free market…… Continue reading Degraded Freedom
“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40 KJV <img with=600 height=400 src= "http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/img/photos/2015/02/26/ef/7a/jwj_Homeless_Jesus_0027.JPG"
Ok, I get a little hard hitting now. Brace yourselves. Nasty old Gary is coming out to play, intent on hurting your feelings. And it’s time for this blog to earn its name –The Profane Economy. What would you do if you discovered that the everyday amenities — or enjoyments, or conveniences — that you…… Continue reading Suffer the Little Children
Was Jesus poor? You bet, pointedly so. He was born into a despised class of poor folk not far from Jerusalem. How else would God choose to come into the world? Only the lowest are destined to be high. Did Jesus advise (nay, command) us to be poor too? Of course. Hold on a moment.…… Continue reading Was Jesus Poor