Penguin: A People’s Pope, Finally?

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The Pope Called One of the Foundations of the Global Capitalism System ‘Slavery'

Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned as “slave labour” the conditions for hundreds of workers killed in a factory collapse in Bangladesh and urged political leaders to fight unemployment in a sweeping critique of “selfish profit”.

The pope said he had been particularly struck by a headline saying workers at the factory near Dhaka were being paid just 38 euros ($50) a month.

“This is called slave labour!” the pope was quoted by Vatican radio as saying in his homily at a private mass in his residence to mark May Day.

More than 400 workers have been confirmed dead and scores are missing in the collapse, which occurred in a suburb of the capital Dhaka last week in the country's worst-ever industrial disaster.

“Today in the world this slavery is being committed against something beautiful that God has given us — the capacity to create, to work, to have dignity,” the pope said at the mass.

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Phi Beta Iota:  There are two types of slavery: hard indentured slavery; and soft “manufactured consent” via rule by secrecy and/or information asymmetry.

See Also:

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Robert Steele: Itemization of Information Pathologies

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