Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

The Capitalist, Commoner, and Citizen

Posted Sep 27, 2012 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

As a Capitalist was driving to the supermarket to go shopping, he hit a Commoner, who was riding her bike to the same supermarket to fetch some milk.  Luckily the Commoner was not hurt, but her bike was a mess.  The Capitalist was devastated, because he knows that bikes are expensive.  The Commoner was furious because she is sick and tired of drivers not sharing the road with bikers. 

Religion within the limits of the Civic

Posted Sep 17, 2012 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 2 Comments

At first glance one significant difference between the religious and the civic is religion is concerned with the sacred and the civic with the profane or the common.  If that were the whole story, then obviously, we should put the civic within the limits of religion, as some nation-states and fundamentalist groups seem to do.  The mistake here is that people of this persuasion seem blind to the fact that any understanding of the sacred (even theirs) is a human understanding.  All talk about an “unlimited god” is human talk, and therefore limited by what humans can know from their perspective.  The question that needs an answer, therefore, is how we should understand our human perspective on religion.  I want to suggest that we understand it as a civic perspective.  Then we can think about religion within the limits of the civic.

Marvin T. Brown, Ph.D teaches business and organizational ethics at the University of San Francisco and Saybrook University in San Francisco.

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