Dan Schultz, at Religion Dispatches, on why we’ve got a “stuck” economy:
Now, the religious message is that it is God who provides the newness to move things along. Specifically, according to Brueggemann, God provides a risky and “just enough” economic alternative to the madness of the market idolatry. But take out the God piece, and you still have a useful insight: our current stuckness isn’t a matter of political malpractice or corruption. It’s a failure of the imagination on a grand scale, an inability to conceive that newness is needed, much less that it must be embraced. Some days, I think we’d all be better off if we called it what it is, a “failure of the moral imagination,” as Hannah Arendt once said, real and meaningful evil. You don’t have to believe in God to get that.