The folks at Vanity Fair wonder if it is possible to tell the difference between Pope Francis’ views on capitalism and those Oberlin College’s newspaper.
Here are the quotes:
A. “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”
B. “To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion, which has taken on worldwide dimensions. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits.”
C. “Capitalism’s danger does not only lie in the direct exploitation; prolonged depression and social dislocations caused by the breakdown of laissez faire capitalism can pose an ominous threat to our fundamental freedoms and to democracy.”
D. “Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a ‘disposable’ culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new.”
E. “the obscenity of neoliberal capitalism”
F. “Having seen liberals treat class conflict with murmur and reluctance, it is the task of the Left to put labor back into the heart of progressive politics by emerging from the cubicles of fragmentary identity politics.”
G. “It is evident that unbridled consumerism combined with inequality proves doubly damaging to the social fabric.”
H. “Trade unions have been an essential force for social progress, without which a semblance of a decent and humane society is impossible under capitalism.”
I. “Ethics has come to be viewed with a certain scornful derision.”
J. “The dual crises of the capitalist economy and the planetary environment are systemic, paradigmatic and deep.”
Here are the answers:
Pope: A, B, D, G, I
Oberlin: C, E, F, H, J
Wouldn’t adding Jesus at least make it sound Christian? Mary, even?