The United Debacle Shows Capitalism is Immoral… Says a Jesuit Priest (Episode 28)

is capitalism immoral?

Is Capitalism Immoral?

If you want a salient argument against capitalism, I guess the first person you’d turn to would be a Jesuit priest, right? Well, a few people I know on Facebook decided this was as expert a source on the topic as anything. So they posted an article by America: The Jesuit Review, in which the morally pure and intellectually honest (oh yeah, that’s sarcasm) James Martin, SJ, provides a condemnation of capitalism, and his example – the recent United Airlines debacle.

Out of morbid curiosity, I read the article and, as anyone with a basic economic education would, deduced that it’s one of the most idiotic denunciations of capitalism I’ve seen in a long time. So why waste any time on it? Because, as I said, a few people I know posted it who seemed to think that this totally feelings-based argument was a slam dunk in proving what a horrible system capitalism is.

Needless to say, it got under my skin… so we discussed.

Links related to this episode:

The United Airlines debacle isn’t about customer service. It’s about the morality of capitalism.

Why airlines sell too many seats and why it might make sense

Modern Air Travel Isn’t as Bad as You Think

Is Capitalism Immoral?

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– Pat and Jon

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