Published: Tuesday, 02 February 2010 17:14
Written by Chiara Andreola
The problem of employment has even strongly found it´s way into the Pope´s latest Angelus. What proposals can be made to react to the crisis? Three questions for Alberto Ferrucci, director of EoC Online.
The person in the first place
By Chiara Andreola
The question of work continues to be central in the Italian political, economic and social panorama. Names like Eutelia, Fiat and Alcoa have appeared in the first pages of newspapers for some time already, sad testimonies of more vast employment problems. Even the pope, in the Angelus on Sunday, January 31, faced up to the question, making specific references to the workers of the businesses in question who are present at Saint Peter´s Square. Calling everyone back to "a sense of responsibility" in front of the crisis, he associated these examples with the recent recall by the CEI (Central European Initiative) to guarantee work that isadequate to sustain families. It was a call that arrived exactly the day before the publication of the data on unemployment made by Eurostat, the offical statistics of the European Union. Unemployment percentages are rising all over Europe, reaching 22.8% in Lituania and even 19.5 percent in Spain, until recently shown as land of the new economic miracle. How can we interpret these data, and what should be proposed in front of such a dark picture? We speak with Alberto Ferucci, head director of EoC Online - Newsletter of the Economy of Communion.
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Published: Friday, 07 August 2009 07:02
Written by Paolo Loriga
Interview with Stefano Zamagni
The Encyclical and a "Fraternal" Market
by Paolo Lòriga
Published in Città Nuova n.15/2009
Stefano Zamagni, professor of political economy at the University of Bologna, Italy, is a consultant of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the consulting body that follows the themes addressed by "Caritas in veritate".
Which do you consider as "Caritas in veritate´s" most innovative point?
"A first point is the invitation to overcome the separation between the economic and social spheres. In the last three centuries, modernity has left us a model of society which is based on the economic sphere, on one hand, and the social sphere on the other. The economic sphere has an iron-like logic which does not answer to other opinions, to the point that we say "business is business" – compensations occur in the social sphere. That is to say, the social sphere has to provide everything that the market economy typical of capitalism isn’t capable of producing on the plane of justice and equity. Let’s not forget that the welfare state, the social state, is son of this logic of separation. Eighth century thought, and especially 9th century thought - whether on the liberal or statist side of politics - does not alter that model. Well, Benedict XVI´s encyclical tells us that this is an old way of thinking, because we´ve entered in the post-industrial society and therefore the social element must enter inside the economic one, not at its margin or following it. It’s a notable innovation that can allow the market to go back to being an instrument of civilization, of relationships, and of generative structures."
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