Economic Update: Christian Socialism

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This week on Economic Update, Prof Wolff presents updates on Amazon workers' strike, the impact of US inflation, and the underappreciated economic aspects of Russia-Ukraine war. In the second half of the show, Wolff interviews Prof. Joerg Rieger on Christian Socialism, past and present.


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About our guest: Dr. Joerg Rieger is Distinguished Professor of Theology and the Founding Director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice at Vanderbilt University. Author and editor of 25 books, his books include Jesus vs. Caesar: For People Tired of Serving the Wrong God (2018), Unified We are a Force: How Faith and Labor Can Overcome America’s Inequalities (with Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger, 2016), Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude (with Kwok Pui-lan, 2012), and No Rising Tide: Theology, Economics, and the Future (2009). His works have been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Croatian, German, Malayalam, Korean, and Chinese.

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  • Susan Mercurio
    commented 2022-04-06 17:59:57 -0400
    @pascal digesu: Thank you for the information. It’s always great to learn from someone who knows more than I do.
  • pasqual digesu
    commented 2022-04-06 14:06:04 -0400
    The term you mentioned, if I may, is believed to have been made by a Senator, not a journalist. At the time of our entry into WWI, Senator Hiram Johnson stated “The first casualty when war comes is truth.” (regarding Woodrow Wilson)
    This derives from older literature and an older text, “Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges”
  • Susan Mercurio
    commented 2022-03-31 22:00:36 -0400
    It’s not "inflation; it’s plain old greed. “Inflation” is a euphemism.
  • Edward Dodson
    commented 2022-03-30 19:44:50 -0400
    I had the interesting experience of joining a group of “Western” economic advisers who were invited to Russia in the mid-1990s to offer input on how to move from a centrally-controlled system to one nurturing markets and decentralized decision-making. This was during the Yetsin regime period. My role, as banking officer here in the U.S., was to warn the Russians away from the mistakes the U.S. had made and was making by deregulation of the financial sector. Others urged the Russians not to sell of the nation’s land and natural resources. Unfortunately, we failed. The Russians listened to the advice of “mainstream” economists and proceeded with privatization resulting in intense corruption and the concentration of assets and wealth into the hands of a small number of oligarchs. And, all of this led to the collapse of any real sense of social democracy or democratic socialism. The ground was laid for what has occurred over the last two decades.
  • Carole Oleniuk
    commented 2022-03-30 04:48:38 -0400
    Thank you. It occurred to me that one of the definitions of socialism that may draw many to it is that it is not Individualism. The word suggests a connective collective process. You are not alone.
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