Not anti-capitalist (letter)by Les FernNews Weekly
, April 1, 2006
I disagree with Greg Byrne's comments (News Weekly
, March 18, 2006) on Peter Westmore's editorial, "Tide turns on global capitalism" (February 18, 2006).
To criticise the ills of global capitalism does not therefore mean that News Weekly
is "one of the most anti-capitalist publications in the country".
I am a capitalist, but as a Christian I find it difficult to come to terms with the excesses of capitalism which cause so many problems in some of the poorer countries in the world. The editorial in question highlights this well.
I also acknowledge and appreciate the many advantages of our free-market system which operates in a democratic society such as Australia.
However, the late Pope John Paul II, speaking after the downfall of communism in Poland, warned that material consumerism was one of the main evils facing a secular society, and how right he was!
My view is that News Weekly
's editorial was merely a candid criticism of the downside of global capitalism, and I am thankful for being enlightened by it.Les Fern,