I was reading an essay that I found in an old book I bought in Vermont. Dr H.J. Laski (Oxford and Yale) wrote, “The less obvious the differences between men in the gain of living, the greater the bond of fellowship between them.” In other words the less we talk about differences between the rich and poor, the better we will all like each other and get along. In the Depression which began as he was writing, nearly everyone was poor.
Those more cheerful days of fellowship ended with Michael Harrington’s The Other America written in 1962. Harrington described and defined the poor in America not as the lower working class (think coal miners back then) or as ghetto dwellers, but as The Poor. We declared a $7 trillion War on Poverty during 1960s, apparently with no adequate outcome as we still have 48 million people poor enough to be on food stamps.
The “bond of fellowship” has little chance today as it faces a daily reminder that the rich are very rich and that they are a sort of enemy of the poor. If the rich, the argument goes, would give up a small fraction of their immense profits or wealth then the poor would all be earning a “living wage.” That’s the energy behind the talk now of the $15/hr minimum wage.
Own all of the lectures from Acton University on a USB flash drive with this inexpensive bundle. Valued at $179, these lectures were recorded from Acton University sessions from 2010 to 2013. The flash drive comes with lectures organized by year and each includes the lecturer and course title in the file name.
Includes plenary lectures from:
Rev. Robert Sirico, co-founder of the Acton Institute and author of Defending the Free Market
Metropolitan Jonah, former Archbishop of Washington, Orthodox Church in America
Michael Novak, author of The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
Arthur Brooks, author of The Road to Freedom
Eric Metaxas, author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Marina Nemat, author of Prisoner of Tehran
William McGurn, former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush
Samuel Gregg, author of Becoming Europe and Tea Party Catholic
Bill Pollard, Chairman of Fairwyn Investment Company
Includes lectures from the following popular speakers:
Andreas Widmer, author of The Pope and the CEO
Jordan Ballor, author of Ecumenical Babel and Get Your Hands Dirty
Michael Matheson Miller, host of the PovertyCure curriculum
Anthony Bradley, author of Keep Your Head Up and Liberating Black Theology
Stephen Grabill, author of Rediscovering the Natural Law in Reformed Theological Ethics
Victor Claar, author of Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution
Jonathan Witt, lead writer for the PovertyCure initiative
Jay Richards, distinguished fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics
Peter Greer, President and CEO of HOPE International
Visit the official Acton University website for information on attending in person!
Click on "details" for a complete lecture listing.