From: Lorraine Redig
Capitalism isnít prolife.
Susan Jirele was upset with my letter saying that Christianity and capitalism are opposites. She thinks I donít understand that capital is the means of business.
Capitalism regards capital as a god, but it is only a medium to exchange wealth as producers and consumers meet their needs through business transactions.
Capitalismís faith is materialism. It expects each person to seek and defend their own self interest against everyone else to see who can grab the most wealth and power. Periodic economic collapses, deaths from frequent wars, terrorism, and the desperation that leads to abortion are the natural result of our unequal opportunity capitalist culture of death. Greed is never satisfied. Not even the winners are happy with capitalism.
Christianityís faith calls for love of God and neighbor, cooperation for the common good, equal opportunity and peace. We havenít invented; ďA nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,Ē yet.
Those who produce raw food and fiber directly from nature and enter it into private enterprise for processing and distribution are used as cheap resources under capitalismís grossly discriminatory supply and demand system. That destroys the needed balance between production and ability to be consumers. Without supply and demand production, there would be no private enterprise, no food, and no life. Private enterprise doesnít flourish when underpaid producers canít buy what they need. Capitalismís unjust devaluation of so many producers is not prolife.
For a good starting point toward a new justice-for-all system, letís move supply and demand producers into private enterprise by developing cooperative democratic supply management structures to enable those indispensable producers to set their own market prices and wages at a human rights level.