How Catholic Tradition Can Create a More Just Economy
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Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Number of Pages: 344
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What Catholic social thought can teach thinkers of all faiths and backgrounds about equitable economics Inequality is skyrocketing. In a world of vast riches, millions of people live in extreme poverty, barely surviving from day to day. All over the world, the wealthy’s increasing political power is biasing policy away from the public interest toward the financial interests of the rich. At the same time, many countries are facing financial fragility and diminished well-being. On top of it all, a global economy driven by fossil fuels has proven to be a collective act of self-sabotage with the poor on the front lines. A growing chorus of economists and politicians is demanding a new paradigm to create a global economy for the common good. In Cathonomics, Anthony M. Annett unites insights in economics with those from theology, philosophy, climate science, and psychology, exposing the failures of neoliberalism while offering us a new model rooted in the wisdom of Catholic social teaching and classical ethical traditions. Drawing from the work of Pope Leo XIII, Pope Francis, Thomas Aquinas, and Aristotle, Annett applies these teachings to discuss current economic challenges such as inequality, unemployment and underemployment, climate change, and the roles of business and finance. Cathonomics is an ethical and practical guide to readers of all faiths and backgrounds seeking to create a world economy that is more prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable for all.
Tony Annett has written an excellent book arguing the contrary position. There is indeed a Catholic tradition of economics - or at least, a body of teaching on social questions which offer an alternative to the current economic orthodoxy. * Ownership Matters * 'Cathonomics' deserves to be included in the reading list for any course of study related to Catholic social teaching at every level from college, high school and parish discussion groups...Please read this book and discuss it at your parish and in your communities. You will find it a rewarding experience. * Catholic News Service * Economist Anthony Annett has delivered a book that should be required reading not only for those of us who have long been interested in Catholic social doctrine, but for anyone who is serious about bringing their Catholic faith to bear on decisions relating to public life. * National Catholic Reporter * Anthony Annett ... brings us Cathonomics, a fascinating perspective on how Catholic Social Thought (CST) can inform efforts 'to create a world economy that is more prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable for all.' * Irish Times *