Cornel West & Peter Schiff on CNN

This is a good conversation/debate between Peter Schiff and Cornel West.  It’s worth watching in its entirety, just a little over 10 min. in length. TwoCents.co will be keeping an eye out to see if the 2 of them get together to have a longer conversation over coffee and...

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What Rules The World

  Rarely do I encounter someone that is as raw and brutal in describing their own work as did Maxine Croxall in his interview on the BBC. In his interview he gives a lot for us to think about and and at times you may even think is this a hoax. Something like The Yes Men. The interview is not a hoax and his talking points of being prepared, markets being driven by fear and greed, and that the singular goal of the trader is to make money is certainly worth further consideration.  There becomes a point to where he mentions that governments don’t rule the world but Goldman Sachs does. Is there truth, and if so how do banks/corporations do this and are you comfortable with this reality? Take a look at the video and share your...

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A Devotion for Wall Street by Shane Claiborne

A reporter recently asked me, “As a Christian leader, does your faith have anything to say about Wall Street?”  I said, “How much time do you have?” The Christian message has a lot to say to Wall Street. Theologian Karl Barth said, “We have to read the Bible in one hand, and the newspaper in the other.”  For too long we Christians have used our faith as a ticket out of this world rather than fuel to engage it. In his parables, Jesus wasn’t offering pie-in-the-sky theology… he was talking about the real stuff of earth.  He talks about wages, debt, widows and orphans, unjust business owners and bad politicians. In fact Woody Guthrie breaks it all down in his song “Jesus Christ”.  The song ends with Woody singing, “This song was written in New York City… If Jesus were to preach what he preached in Galilee, they would lay him in his grave again.” The more I read the Gospels, the more they seem to confront the very patterns of the world we live in.  At one point Mary, pregnant with Jesus cries out:  “God casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly… God fills the hungry with good things and sends the rich away empty…”  You can’t help but think if she were alive in...

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Think ending extreme poverty is impossible?

 The end is closer than you think (Research & Facts) from live58 Consider the following facts: Over the past eight years, the number of kids dying from measles has declined by 78 percent. Twenty-two countries have cut their malaria rate in half in only six years. In the 1990’s the number of children dying from preventable causes dropped from 40,000 to 33,000 per day. In 2008, that number decreased to 24,000. Today, it is 21,000. In one generation, we’ve cut the number of children dying from preventable diseases almost in half! The number of children dying before their fifth birthday has also decreased even while the number of overall births is increasing. In less than ten years, a third of children who couldn’t afford to go to school now can. And literacy rates are rising worldwide. The spread of HIV has been curbed. New HIV infections have been cut 16 percent globally. Two hundred years ago, the average life expectancy was about 30 years. Today, many of us have a life expectancy of 75 to 80 years. In the same 200 years, we’ve gone from over 90 percent of the world’s population living in extreme poverty to about 1.4 billion people there as of 2005 (the latest census numbers). That’s still way too many people. But here’s the good news: In...

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