Capitalism is the economic framework of our modern society, and no one can deny its success in achieving for most of us a flourishing and abundant life. However, the desire for ever increasing profits and the acceptance of the "survival of the fittest" idea gave birth to heartless competition, the motivating force for the flowering of capitalism, states an editorial in the Peace Weekly.
the editorial also points out that not everything we have created, in
efforts to improve our lives, is perfect. And as we enter the 21st
century, we are seeing the problems associated
with this particular economic creation: the rich getting richer, the
getting poorer, and the natural environment getting worse. No longer is
possible to be an innocent bystander, says the editorial.
the reason for this sad state of affairs in the lack of interest in the
common good and
in failing to adhere to high moral standards within the capitalistic
system, particularly by our large commercial enterprises. They are
controlled, says the editorial, only by a desire not to
break laws in making profits. This has been a rather insignificant
change in their behavior from the past.
have movements in
society promoting social enterprises and consumer accountability,
attempts to provide some warmth to offset the harsh realities of
accountability examines the products we buy for their relationship to
the environment, for fair wages for workers, and for their public
social enterprise is defined as a company concerned with employing from
all strata of society,
interested in the environment and in conserving energy, and interested
only in profits but in the workers and the environment.
social enterprises and consumer accountability will be the beginning
stone to greater changes in society. Attempting to enter the enormous
capitalistic marketplace motivated mainly by the common good and
morality motif may at this time be imprudent. Nevertheless, says the
enterprises and consumer accountability, as formulas to change the
world, are efforts that a Christian may not avoid. The effort to have
live well and search for the common good is a basic Christian call.
is much that can be done but the editorial recommends we begin with
buying the products that have been selected as coming from socially
interested enterprises. The Caritas Social Enterprise Support Center has
been inaugurated for this purpose.
listen to what our Lord has taught. When it comes to consumer products,
should also be true. An accompanying article on the front page of the
Peace Weekly suggests that we consider the possibility of boycotting
products that are
produced by companies that ignore these goals. The boycotts are not
intended to put these
companies out of business but to influence them to change.