‘Poverty’ Archive

Why I am not a Communitarian November 26, 2012 2 Comments

A philosophy called ‘communitarianism’ has often been proposed recently as an alternative to the growing libertarianism of our time.  This philosophy, they say, can combine social conservatism and economic moderation, as well as potentially reviving an emphasis on the local community, depending on how ‘community’ is defined; some define it at the nation-state level!  This […]

The Poor and Cars November 8, 2011 No Comments

I am as much in favor of a good public transport system as anyone, but it will, for the foreseeable future, be only a partial solution to our transportation needs.  In particular, neither the poor nor the rest of us want to be confined to the job opportunities conveniently accessible to us within walking distance […]

The Garbage City May 17, 2011 1 Comment

That the Zabaleen are mostly ethnic Copts, because Muslims don”t handle garbage. For all that, they were not very good Christians, being sunk in drugs and alcohol and the like, until a preacher named Abu Samaan came in and helped clean things up, at least ethically, and revived the Faith. He also caused a beautiful […]

Maoist War Against India’s Criminalized Capitalism July 1, 2010 2 Comments

Capitalism based on relationships with persons in the state who can dispense or withhold permissions or favors is crony capitalism. Capitalism with too weak a government or moral standards is gangster capitalism. Here’s an example of gangster capitalism justified by local theology. – Howard Ahmanson Editor’s Note: Vishal Mangalwadi is an Indian philosopher. His lectures […]

A Theology of Earthquakes and Culture February 12, 2010 5 Comments

After the Haiti earthquake, Pat Robertson declared that the earthquake was punishment for Haiti’s voodoo culture.  How does he know?  And is it any of his business?  Pronouncements of this sort, I believe, fall into the category of “taking the name of the Lord in vain,” a commandment often misunderstood to be about what you […]