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4 Responses to “Death Rattles”

  1. Wendel Thompson says:

    Have you heard Anand Giridharadas and his book “Winner Take All”? We can tell the wealthy to give more, but we can’t tell them to take less. There is a great war between the idea of working alone and working together. Philanthropy of the wealthy: do some good and then you can take as much as you want.

  2. Ian Burgess says:

    Mike,

    The claim that capitalism is based in Sabbath rest strikes me as tenuous.

    When the Israelites were journeying through the wilderness they kept Sabbath due to an over-abundance of God’s provision, not the shrewdness of their production. Indeed any attempt to stockpile a surplice of production is met with disappointment, and their greed makes their manna rot in the jars (Exodus 16:13-26).

    Surely the clearer lesson from the relationship between work and rest is that God provides such that his people are enabled to obey his commands.

  3. Mike Metzger says:

    Hi Ian:

    I’m drawing my description of Sabbath from “Creation & Blessing” by Dr. Allen Ross. He writes that the seventh day, Sabbath (which later became the sign of the covenant given at Sinai) is the good culmination of creation. The key word here is the well-known “rest” (sabat, “to rest”; sabbat, the Sabbath). According to Ross, the word actually means “cease,” more than “rest” as understood today. It is not a word that refers to remedying exhaustion after a tiring week of work. Rather, it describes the enjoyment of accomplishment, the celebration of completion.

  4. Mike Metzger says:

    Wendel:

    Thank you for bringing Anand Giridharadas’ book. “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World,” to our attention. It’s going to be part of my column next week.

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