On Social Morality: Who Will Stand Up To The SuperRich?

The New York Times posted an article titled: Who Will Stand Up To The SuperRich? explaining some pertinent points about the drastic disparity between the rich and the poor in America.  As America contemplates how we got here and what to do about it, it is noteworthy to recall what noted Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis wrote about this very subject many years ago:

Now another point. There is one bit of advice given to us by the

ancient heathen Greeks, and by the Jews in the Old Testament, and by the

great Christian teachers of the Middle Ages, which the modern economic

system has completely disobeyed. All these people told us not to lend money

at interest: and lending money at interest-what we call investment-is the

basis of our whole system. Now it may not absolutely follow that we are

wrong. Some people say that when Moses and Aristotle and the Christians

agreed in forbidding interest (or “usury” as they called it), they could not

foresee the joint stock company, and were only dunking of the private

moneylender, and that, therefore, we need not bother about what they said.

That is a question I cannot decide on. I am not an economist and I simply do

not know whether the investment system is responsible for the state we are

in or not This is where we want the Christian economist But I should not

have been honest if I had not told you that three great civilisations had

agreed (or so it seems at first sight) in condemning the very thing on which

we have based our whole life.-C. S. Lewis, Book 3 Christian Behavior: “Social Morality”, Mere Christianity

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