Winners and Losers: Economic Injustice from a Values-Based Perspective

economy logo“One thing becomes clear after reading these three books: Although it may be necessary to treat inequality as an economic problem, it is not sufficient. The U.S. as a country needs to ask, and answer, some basic questions—Who gets to set the rules? What values should they reflect? What’s fair? What do we owe to one another?—and reshape our society accordingly.”

This final paragraph of the book review titled “Can Capitalism be Redeemed?” by Jeff Kehoe, splendidly sums up what seems to me a most wise philosophy and set of questions from which to approach the current issues we face today in a world that leaves little opportunity for the majority of human beings on this earth to live a life entailing more than a struggle to survival.

I plan to read the three books reviewed in this article (Saving Capitalism, by Robert Reich, Raising the Floor, by Andy Stern, and Global Inequality by Branko Milanovic) and then research a number of the many organizations that currently work to address social/economic/environmental injustice. My goal is to find and recommend organizations that can most effectively leverage our support into effective approaches that will create positive change for those of us not in that 1%of our population who are making or maintaining the rules these days.

Once I come up with some recommendations, I will share them in One Minute Activist posts. In the meantime, I encourage you to read “”Can Capitalism be Redeemed?” and share it via social media.


“Can Capitalism be Redeemed?” by Jeff Kehoe, a senior editor at the Harvard Business Review, originally appeared in the July–August 2016 issue (pp.128–129) of Harvard Business Review.