The recent financial crisis in world markets called my attention to an issue that needs to be considered as one of the greatest weaknesses of our time.
It is what I call the (non) ethic of capitalism. At a time when the world and churches are working in find ways to support the fight against inequalities, is so sad to see leaders around the world find money to save financial institutions with an incredible amount of trillions of dollars. Certainly no one is interested in the break of the financial system with all consequences directly linked with people’s life.
We are not interest in improve the poverty of billions of workers around the world.
However, the basic question is: how is it possible governments have so much money to help the financial machine, exactly when the system affirms that States are becoming so reduced in economic power? Especially, after de breakdown of the socialism, the majority of thinkers affirmed strongly that there would be no more government intervention in the market economy. The actual crisis shows that another myth falls: the market is ruled by itself!
In every place in this world we have two categories of citizens: a little group that own beyond what is necessary and a larger group that has no what is absolutely necessary.
The Church is growing more and more about the need to implement the MDGs. The present crisis and the solutions for it that powerful people is looking for shows how we have a lack of political will to overcome inequalities.
It is a serious mistaken think that this crisis will be solved with spending trillions for banks. Many of those who lost with the crisis will try to recover their investments and will cause further problems such as recession, unemployment and indebtedness. Today is three, tomorrow more one and so on. The Leviathan (remembers Hobbes) is hungry!
A third of that money spent to save the financial system could ensure sanitation for the poor of the Latin American continent who lives in unhealthy areas.