"The central doctrine of Christianity, then, is not that God is a bastard. It is, in the words of the late Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe, that if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you."--Terry Eagleton

"It is impossible for me to say in my book one word about all that music has meant in my life. How then can I hope to be understood?--Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice."--Bryan Stevenson

Friday, January 10, 2014

Jon Stewart explains it all for you

"Moral Hazard" is not an economic concept created in the 18th century (when "economics" first became a subject of study and not just the oikonomos, or law of the household, something historic Christianity was actually deeply concerned with. But that's another topic....). "Moral Hazard" is a concept as old as "Teacher, who sinned, that this man was born blind?" It's as old as the disciples, themselves slightly better off economically than the beggars Jesus spoke to, and living themselves off the contributions of supporters of the homeless mendicant they called "Rabbi," sometimes tried to keep away from the Teacher.  The idea that the poor don't deserve money, that money would simply corrupt them, while the rich are obviously more worthy to be wealthy, is a very, very old one.

That doesn't mean Jon Stewart is wrong, or doesn't do a brilliant job skewering that immoral and hazardous idea.


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