Yesterday, December 2, Lawrence Kudlow hosted our editor, R. R. Reno, and PovertyCure director and Acton Research Fellow, Michael Matheson Miller, on CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report” to discuss capitalism and Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. It’s important, Reno noted, to always keep in mind that the fundamental purpose of human life is not simply material:
I think we have to be sure we dont fight the last war. It seems to be that Pope Francis is responding to the fact that global capitalism is triumphant and we have to deal with its limitations and its excesses and thats going to require something more than just free market measures . . . . Because if weve become too ra-ra about capitalism, what were really saying is that wealth creation, which capitalism is supremely good at doing, is really the be-all and end-all of human life. And that reinforces the secularist mentality.