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» The theme of this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is "Responsible and Responsive Leadership". But one possible reading of Donald Trump's victory in the United States presidential election is that voters these days care less about responsibility than "authenticity." Voters welcomed Trump's reckless comments on sensitive issues because he was speaking his mind and being true to himself. Ordinary politicians, by always saying the "right" thing, seem packaged and staged.
» Capitalism gets blamed for many things nowadays: poverty, inequality, unemployment, even global warming. As Pope Francis said in a recent speech in Bolivia: "This system is by now intolerable: farm workers find it intolerable, labourers find it intolerable, communities find it intolerable, peoples find it intolerable. The earth itself -- our sister, Mother Earth, as Saint Francis would say -- also finds it intolerable."
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