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Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.blogactionday.org"></a>Today is <a href="http://www.blogactionday.org/">Blog Action Day 2009</a>, an ...

A Moral Mandate for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

After all the financial turmoil that 2009 has already brought, one would think that it would somehow be logical and practical to bring accountable reforms to the same banking institutions whose re ...

Adam Smith Meets the Rich Young Ruler: Health Care and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wnFEbT1wwhs/StNETZJ93SI/AAAAAAAABEU/z_JR-1l974w/s1600-h/Adam_Smith.jpg"></a>For more than sixty years American presidents have tried to reform ...

Surprises in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My brief visit to Zimbabwe had a few surprises, such as availability of basic foodstuffs instead of empty shelves in supermarkets. My brief visit to Zimbabwe had a few surprises, ...

Smashing Economic Idols
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So I've been having a few interesting conversations about my book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830836284?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp= ...

How Our Health-Care System Wrecks People Who Play by the Rules
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. This course was set due to illness w ...

Listening to Poor People 'Offstage'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to explain much of what he sees on the news or reads about in the local paper. I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to ...

Five Benefits of Common Security Clubs' Economic Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this year, I wrote <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0902&amp;article=we-re-in-this-together">an article in <em>Sojourners</em ...

Personal and Pragmatic Reasons for Health Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jesus is a healer -- of body, spirit, and heart. He also called Christians to be peacemakers and healers. Jesus is a healer -- of body, spirit, and heart. He also called Christian ...

Health Care, Race, and the Role of Government
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was recently talking with a European-American friend of mine who is also an evangelical. I am African-American and evangelical. I was recently talking with a European-American f ...

Conservative Catholicism's Political Enforcers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. Catholic groups (with t ...

The Yes Men: Corporate Pranksters on a Mission
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Fans of gonzo political activism may remember the Yes Men's infamous stunt in which Andy Bichlbaum posed as a Dow Chemical spokesperson named Jude (patron saint of the impossible) Finisterra (ear ...

Proclaiming Jubilee in the Midst of Foreclosures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. He and I were both guilty of trespassing, but a passerby would ...

Words Matter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama delivered his <a title="blocked::http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/24/us/politics/24prexy.text.html?pagewanted=print" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/24/us/politics/2 ...

G-20: The Global South Is Too Big To Fail
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As pundits and politicians wield fighting words over the domestic health-care crisis, another group is getting ready to combat a different crisis -- one which, unless it's resolved quickly, will ca ...

A Choice for Catholic Bishops: Confrontation or Engagement?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Catholic progressives are not the only faithful people worried about the dangers posed by some U.S. Catholic progressives are not the only faithful people worried about the danger ...

Integrity and the Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The economic crisis that started last fall and was remembered last week brought to light a lot of things: the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/business/14spiral.html">vulnerability< ...

The Health-Care Bubble and My 5-Month-Old
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Back in 2005, my wife was wanting to buy a house. Renting was not helping us build equity. The market was soaring. "Get in or be shut out of ever owning a house" was the prevailing chatter. ...

The Notorious I.B.G.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>The New York Times</em> <a title="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/12/business/12change.html?pagewanted=1&amp;hp" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/12/business/12change.h ...

One Nation, Underprivileged: Analyzing the Game Instead of the Players
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If life were a game, it could be said that we like to analyze the players (the winners and the losers) of the game, rather than the game itself. If life were a game, it could be s ...

Consequences of the Recession
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Did you see it? It wasn't the leading story in <em>The</em> <em>New York Times, The</em> <em>Washington</em><em> Post</em>,<em> </em>or most oth ...

Labor Day Weekend Ironies: What Do Child Labor and S'mores Have in Common?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last Monday, our family, like millions of other Americans, sat in holiday weekend traffic to get back home after an extra day away. Last Monday, our family, like millions of other ...

New Poverty Numbers, Old Poverty Definitions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Numbers released today from the U.S. Census Bureau confirmed what has become widely apparent: more people are living in poverty because of the economic recession. It's tragic but obvious. ...

Labor Sunday: What Can We Do to Honor Workers?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>To work is to pray.</p> <p>It's a Latin phrase that the Order of St. Benedict adopted as its motto.</p> <p>St. Benedict, the founder of the order, recognized the sacred va ...

Listen!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A just-released study of low-wage workers in the U.S. A just-released study of low-wage workers in the U.S. has found that an appalling 68% were forced to work extra unpaid ...

Shopping Green Without Spending in the Red
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Organic strawberries were $5.99 the other day at our local grocer. $5.99! Their more toxic twins, the non-organic variety, were on ...

A Love Letter from the Pope
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger In July, Pope Benedict wrote you a love letter. Like all love letters, it’s worth savoring. ...

Weaving Networks from Iowa to Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is an African proverb from Ethiopia that says, "When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion." What a graphic illustration of power that emerges as an outcome of networking, partnership, and ...

Ground Rules
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Troubled assets on Main Street. Since the financial meltdown plunged the world economy into ...

Long Live Gravity
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Smart people concocted a fantasy empire based on investing in other people’s debt. The he ...

Career Changes?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Betty Neville Michelozzi Thank you for the wonderful issue on “The Green Economy” (May 2009). Thank you for th ...

Not Just For City Folks
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Nicholas Hinrichsen I have recently been pleasantly surprised to read more stories and blog posts that bring attention to rural causes. ...

Global Warming Will Mean Migrant Crises
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The planet is warming at an unprecedented rate, and this will have enormous impact: By the middle of this century, an estimated 150 to 200 million people may become permanently displaced due to ris ...

Celebrating the Minimum Wage Increase
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases fr ...

Wal-Mart's Big Green Claim, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/21/wal-marts-big-green-claim/">[continued from part 1]</a> ... Here is why I am not about to toss my kids into the car and dash out for chea ...

Wal-Mart's Big Green Claim
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Well color me happy (as the saying goes): Wal-Mart just released a big claim to be greening up its act. But what does their claim really mean and how do we define what corporate green looks like anywa ...

An Ever-new Narrative of Good News
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My friend <a href="http://thecorner.typepad.com/">Bob Carlton </a>sent me this link to a <em>Guardian</em> piece by Madeleine Bunting, "<a href="http://www.guardi ...

The Pope and the President: Unlikely Allies Seeking Common Ground for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI meets with President Obama in Rome today, a shy German theologian and a charismatic leader known for his international rock star appeal will find plenty to agree on despite s ...

Pope Benedict Gets It Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis has provided <a href="../2009/07/09/pope-benedict-on-the-global-economy/">a helpful summary </a>of the Pope's encyclical <a href="http://www.zenit.org/article-2638 ...

Pope Benedict on the Global Economy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new encyclical on the global economy. As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new enc ...

Sick of Drug Companies' Corporate Influence?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

w5fpwem56m w5h2kbxnzs Is the U.S. finally sick and tired of a corporate-dominated trade agenda that is making people around the world sick? w5fpwem56m w5h2kbxnzs Is the U.S. final ...

Eco-Justice: Getting There from Here
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As I look at where we need to get, pronto -- 350 parts per million or less carbon in the atmosphere, sustainable use of planetary resources, and a world economy consistent with those things -- and ...

Green Jobs Take Youth Miles High
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When La'Kyla Byrd cleared trails and tended to trees in Denver's City Park this past year as a member of <a href="http://www.milehighyouthcorps.org/">Mile High Youth Corps</a>, ...

A Phoenix Rising From GM's Ashes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Imagine America's 'Rust Belt' transformed into a green belt of clean energy manufacturing. Imagine the factories of Detroit making wind turbines and solar panels to power America. ...

A Woman's Right to Fish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. <em>If you teach his wife how to fish, you feed the whole family for a lifetime</em>. ...

IMF Needs a Reality Check, Not a Blank Check
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier last month, President Obama requested $108 billion in new money for the International Monetary Fund to show the world that we stood up for our commitments to fighting the global recession. ...

Taking the 'Micro' out of Microfinance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For too many households around the world, living paycheck-to-paycheck is a luxury out of reach. For too many households around the world, living paycheck-to-paycheck is a luxury o ...

Money Creation and Idolatry: How did we let this happen?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/05/28/money-creation-let-there-be-money/">In our recent blog</a>, we described how money "creation" meets the needs of a gradually expanding e ...

A Paper God
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 11:39am | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Goudzwaard How the out-of-control buying and selling of money led to our current crisis. Commentators have ...

How to Save Journalism
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Can a government-subsidized press save democracy? Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that giv ...