Fratelli Tutti 172: The Power Of Corporations

What do you make of the diagnosis that corporations are overtaking nations in terms of power?

172. The twenty-first century “is witnessing a weakening of the power of nation states, chiefly because the economic and financial sectors, being transnational, tend to prevail over the political.

As I see the scramble of American Republicans doing and saying things that would be unthinkable decades ago, it seems to me that powers-that-be see no economic fallout from supporting lies and those who tell them.

I see little hope on this front:

Given this situation, it is essential to devise stronger and more efficiently organized international institutions, with functionaries who are appointed fairly by agreement among national governments, and empowered to impose sanctions”.[Laudato Si’ 175] When we talk about the possibility of some form of world authority regulated by law, [Cf. Caritas in Veritate 67] we need not necessarily think of a personal authority. Still, such an authority ought at least to promote more effective world organizations, equipped with the power to provide for the global common good, the elimination of hunger and poverty and the sure defense of fundamental human rights.

If we had the will, even apart from the strong and powerful, we could make some progress on the battles against hunger and poverty. Not just charitable stop-gap gestures.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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