Busted: Bankers and The Global Economy

July 16, 2009

Global Economic Crisis: G8 and the Papacy

G8 ItalyDuring the G8 economic meetings and debate in Italy, Pope Benedict released a new encyclical saying “there is urgent need of a true world political authority.” In that document, Pope Benedict XVI urged G8 leaders meeting in Italy to rewrite global financial rules and to defend the world’s poor from the effects of the economic crisis.

responsibility of the market

In and of itself, the market is not, and must not become, the place where the strong subdue the weak. Society does not have to protect itself from the market, as if the development of the latter were ipso facto to entail the death of authentically human relations. Admittedly, the market can be a negative force, not because it is so by nature, but because a certain ideology can make it so. It must be remembered that the market does not exist in the pure state. It is shaped by the cultural configurations which define it and give it direction. Economy and finance, as instruments, can be used badly when those at the helm are motivated by purely selfish ends. Instruments that are good in themselves can thereby be transformed into harmful ones. But it is man’s darkened reason that produces these consequences, not the instrument per se. Therefore it is not the instrument that must be called to account, but individuals, their moral conscience and their personal and social responsibility.

responsibility of business

Owing to their growth in scale and the need for more and more capital, it is becoming increasingly rare for business enterprises to be in the hands of a stable director who feels responsible in the long term, not just the short term, for the life and the results of his company, and it is becoming increasingly rare for businesses to depend on a single territory. Moreover, the so-called outsourcing of production can weaken the company’s sense of responsibility towards the stakeholders — namely the workers, the suppliers, the consumers, the natural environment and broader society — in favour of the shareholders, who are not tied to a specific geographical area and who therefore enjoy extraordinary mobility. ...business management cannot concern itself only with the interests of the proprietors, but must also assume responsibility for all the other stakeholders who contribute to the life of the business: the workers, the clients, the suppliers of various elements of production, the community of reference.

The papacy has taken an interesting step by inserting itself into the G8 debate framework and  by ordering the involvement of Italy in the process. Certainly, in much earlier times, the papacy was directly involved in such matters without better consequences in those times. History is the best  witness of that truth. Now, the pope indicates that we need a man in charge once again as if the G8 institution is really in charge beyond politics. The real charge has been given to multinational corporations including central bankers on a global basis. The central bankers operate as a global corporate fraternal brotherhood through none other than the Swiss and Rome. Is the papacy and politics going to ‘take authority back’ or have they really lost any authority? The reality is that the papacy already holds ‘such coveted authority’ through the central bankers. Most of them have simply forgotten their moral compass in their need to service their clients. Pope Benedict is simply reminding his league that he holds them to a higher priority and that they need to exert a new influence as they continue to profit from money lending.

G8 first ladies and pope

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November 10, 2008

The Global Finance Summit Rush to Rhetoric

bretton-woodsInternational hullabaloo from UK, France, and Germany for a new international financial architecture moved the G7 Finance Ministers into action. US president George Bush has snubbed the U.N. proposal to host an international summit, instead promoting an G8 summit of key leaders in Washington D.C. on November 15th. If successful, this may be the greatest chance since 1944 to influence the structure of international finance since the Bretton Woods accord. The proposals so far want to put the world’s leading industrialized economies and a select few emerging economies in charge, generally referred to as the G20. The role of central bankers is curiously absent in publicity. Doubtless, central bankers have the pulse of the situation and probably are largely responsible for a more conservative response to the European Union’s vivid promotion and sweeping enthusiasm last month.

global-financial-agreement1Activists have urged world leaders not to lose sight of perceived international challenges like climate change and poverty as authorities focus their efforts to repair the world’s financial system. Politicians are concerned about such things. Central bankers are not.

Not to be outdone or completely humiliated, the president of the U.N. General Assembly announced a high-level task force to review the global financial system, including the World Bank and IMF. ~ E. Manning

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