Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

`Them' Is Us. (Letters)

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

`Them' Is Us. (Letters)

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THANKS TO Walter Brueggemann for calling on us to challenge the capitalist system that causes such loss and pain for the powerless ("Secretary of Woe," July-August 2002). Much damage has been done both in this country and around the world, but the root of the problem is close to home. With our savings and pension funds, many of us are now capitalists and need to attend to the beam in our own eye.

The market system is a mirror. Sometimes, as in the ease of Enron, it is a flawed mirror, but usually it accurately reflects the consequences of the choices we make as consumers and savers. Sometimes we are lied to and so cannot make informed choices, but the facts are usually available if we choose to do the research.

It's tempting to believe that we are such small fish that our choices do not affect the cause of the problems we decry. It would be easier to blame the big guys, the system, or "sinful structures. …

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