The following is an excerpt from a New York Times article about the Pope’s upcoming first visit to the United States:
Francis has long been troubled by what some Argentines of his generation call “savage capitalism.” They see the United States as the home of mining companies and agribusinesses that chew up natural resources, as the military power that propped up dictators during the Cold War and as the neighbor that tries to close its border to migrants fleeing hunger and violence.
Capitalism is far from perfect, the profit motive has a strange affect on some people and causes them to do some terrible things, but in the end more people are better off than under other systems. For all its faults, America has had a stable government for centuries and through crises that have torn most other countries apart.
In the end, isn’t the US the place “migrants fleeing hunger and violence” and dictators want to come?
Those who are troubled by the United States, might be better directing their concern at those countries plagued by unstable governments, poverty, corruption, human rights violations, and from which so many people want to flee.
Where is the real problem? With the country of immigrants or the country of emigrants?
Categories: Observations on life