The Common Good

Orgy of Greed, Action Without Forethought

There's something about the current economic crisis that is trying to tell us our way of life is insane and unsustainable. Too many experts want to "fix" the crisis without learning what it is trying to teach us. Thankfully, Bob Carlton is a blogger who is trying to learn by reflecting meaningfully on what's going on, seeking to mine some wisdom from the mountain of insanity.

Here's a post on greed.
A second on scapegoating.
And one on the crisis in general ... which includes this quote from Devinder Sarma of STWR (Share The World's Resources):

The one trillion dollar bailout package that President Bush is promising could have wiped out the last traces of poverty, hunger, malnutrition, and squalor from the face of the earth -- if only our global leadership prioritised the poor with the same level of urgency as the financial crisis.

Bob recommends this additional piece by Katrina Vanden Heuvel and Eric Schlosser, who suggest it's time for a new new deal.

Ironically, what Osama Bin Laden failed to do on September 11, 2001, we may have done to ourselves in the seven years since: bring our system crashing down upon itself in an orgy of greed and action without forethought. If we've been waiting for another wake-up call, I think it's arrived.

Brian McLarenBrian McLaren is a speaker and author, most recently of Everything Must Change and Finding Our Way Again.

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