A Deeper Challenge
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In light of the current economic crisis, it might be time to re-consider one

of Dorothy Day's sharpest challenges to business as usual:

 

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 "Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system"

 

 

 

"There was hardly anything Dorothy did which didn't attract criticism. What got her in the most hot water was her sharp social criticism.

She pointed out that patriotism was a more powerful force in most people's lives than the Gospel.

 

While she hated every kind of tyranny and never ceased to be thankful for America having taken in so many people

 fleeing poverty and repression, she was fierce in her criticism of capitalism and consumerism.

 

She said America had a tendency to treat people like Kleenex -- use them, and throw them away.

'Our problems stem,' she said, 'from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system.' "

 

 

Jim Forest