The 2012 book The Historic Unfulfilled Promise consists of writings by the late historian Howard Zinn during the period 1980-2009. More than anything, these writing express Zinn’s profound opposition to war. Though Zinn’s arguments ring true to me, I realize that a discussion of the legitimacy of war is beyond of the scope of Bread for the World. Nonetheless, this book contains many insights that are valuable for everyone working for a better world, and that certainly includes Bread for the World! Below are insights I want to share.
Many Americans assert that government rules and regulations interfere with our free-market economic system, thus inhibiting its proper functioning and reducing the prosperity of our nation. Others counter that our current system is far from a free-market system and claim that many government rules actually contribute to the growing inequality of income and wealth among Americans. Johnston’s book Free Lunch gives abundant evidence that many government rules do indeed tilt the system in favor of the wealthy and, in the process, create a less efficient economy. He also argues that many so-called free-market advocates misquote Adam Smith and ignore biblical principles.
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