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  •  The pope sent a representative to the World Trade (5+ / 0-)

    Organization conference last month which was a venue for TPP discussions. The statement he gave is at this link.

    This is an excerpt:

    “ The need to resolve the structural causes of poverty cannot be delayed, not only for the pragmatic reason of its urgency for the good order of society, but because society needs to be cured of a sickness which is weakening and frustrating it, and which can only lead to new crises. Welfare projects, which meet certain urgent needs, should be considered merely temporary responses. As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems. Inequality is the root of social ills”.

    There is no existence without doubt.

    by Mark Lippman on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 04:29:02 PM PST

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    •  Uh huh (0+ / 0-)

      "Inequality is the root of social ills." Except, of course, inequality between women and men. And sexual minorities. And now, back to my stirring speech.

      "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others". –George Orwell

      by crescentdave on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 06:24:29 PM PST

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      •  What you want isn't what the original commenter (1+ / 0-)
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        asked for. He/she said:

        The Pope needs to speak out against TPP.  Raise awareness, that's all we need
        I happened to have the answer to that.  Of course you're not saying anything false or untrue. The words don't resonate for you. They may have sounded different to   the audience that heard them in person.  

        There is no existence without doubt.

        by Mark Lippman on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 07:41:05 PM PST

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