AAFitz wrote:BigBallinStalin wrote:
Charitable organizations are a part of the free market, so no qualms there.
You can advocate as much as you want, and that's fine so long as you don't go blundering into it with ill-gotten goods (tax revenue).
You're concerned about starvation. What best alleviates poverty in the long-run? When people become wealthier, less of them starve, so what is the "origin of wealth"?
Again, for a Christian: "who gives a f*ck about the origin of wealth. Gods children are starving, lets find a proper way to feed them."
Its not a direct quote.
Also, I never mentioned anything about taxing people to contribute. The entire point was that individuals that followed Christ, make decisions every day, that to varying degrees, ignore Christs children suffering and starving. Hell, if Christs followers actually took his teachings to heart, the government wouldnt have to go in to save them, because Gods work would already be done.
The reason governments get involved is, pretty much because people are selfish, and they do fail, and instead of making the correct choice, they give into greed, and let kids die for the fabulous window dressing. Essentially, the government insures you dont spend it all on window dressings and at least saves a few of the kids, in theory anyways...but the main point is, the hypocricy of the religious, not what should be done about the poor.
One thing is for sure, He absolutely gave us plenty of resources to take care of those kids, so if He did happen to exist, there would certainly be some splaining to do.
The origin of wealth matters because as people get wealthier they get to enjoy higher standards of living (life expectancy, education, blahb lah blah, oh and not starving to death).
That's all. As for the rest, I don't feel knowledgeable enough to comment about markets and Christian doctrine (which was why I somewhat humorously rewrote the words of Jesus Christ earlier).
Much to TGD's glee, I haven't read the following books/articles (cuz I don't care enough), but if you or anyone is interested, then....
these are about Christianity and the Market:
The Pope on 'Love in Truth'
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1247181 ... torialPage
Caveat Venalicium Libertas
http://www.financialpost.com/opinion/co ... 3cc8747c05
Chafuen, Alejandro A. Faith and Liberty: The Economic Thought of the Late Scholastics.
Woods, Thomas E. Jr. The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy
Also, there was the School of Salamanca, which tied in Christianity with free markets:
http://cepa.newschool.edu/het/schools/s ... htm#molina
http://www.quebecoislibre.org/981219-3.htm (in French)
School of Salamanca?