Well, it looks like I did him an injustice when accusing him of socialist windbaggery.
Today, there are three major threats to society: climate change, the growing gulf between cultures, and deepening poverty amid unprecedented wealth.
When KFC is selling in India and Chicken Masala is the most common dish in the UK that growing gulf between cultures is hard to spot. Deepening poverty is also hard to find, given that hundreds of millions have risen up out of it in the last decade alone, the greatest diminution of poverty in the history of the planet.
Instead, it must make the moral case against all forms of unearned wealth. Certainly this includes wealth derived from land rent, but it also includes the unearned income from speculative investment, and the riches enjoyed by those who benefit from a system of debt-based money creation, condemned as immoral in ancient times, but considered perfectly legitimate today.
And that last is channeling Aquinas. Next thing you know he\’ll be fulminating about fractional reserve banking.
Ill-informed incoherence is at the same sort of level as socialist windbaggery but calling in aid a medieval monk in your critique of the perils of charging interest goes rather further.
Mark, this is the 21 st century calling, hellooooo?