Plans to deregulate Wall Street

I am not an economist, but, intuitively, Trumps plan to deregulate Wall Street seems very wrong to me. In January, Oxfam researchers declared that just 8 men own the same wealth as half of the world. Wealth disparity statistics become more and more shocking every year. How is increasing the rate of growth of wealth disparity a good thing? Perhaps Trump would argue that as the wealthiest get wealthier everyone becscreen-shot-2017-02-03-at-8-59-15-pmomes more wealthy. But Bill McKibbon in his book “Deep Economy” has shown that the accumulation of global wealth in the hands of only a few makes the rest poorer. So, for example, while a family in the West could once function on one income, today a family requires two incomes to get through. Oxfam explains
how the super-rich are fuelling the inequality crisis by dodging taxes, driving down wages and using their power to influence politics. Oxfam calls for a fundamental change in the way we manage our economies so that they work for all people, and not just a fortunate few. The trajectory of biblical ethics of production and economics supports Oxfam’s call for change. This may be summed up: God owns it all, and God wants everybody to be able to enjoy some of it. God wants everybody to flourish, not just a privileged few. “There shall be no poor among you” (Deut 15:4). In fact, those who would accumulate excessive wealth at the expense of others are symbolized in scripture in the ugly figure of Pharaoh the selfish king of Egypt. God’s rule means a brand new day where every person can flourish, especially the most vulnerable.


About Mark Glanville

Mark Glanville is a pastor-scholar who ministers in a missional urban community, Grandview Church, Vancouver. Mark is Professor of Old Testament and congregational studies at the Missional Training Center, Phoenix (, and he teaches at Regent College, Vancouver. Mark's research focusses upon the Pentateuch, biblical ethics, and mission. Mark has authored "Adopting the Stranger as Kindred" (SBL, 2018), "Reading Exodus: Society Reshaped by Kinship" (Lexham, forthcoming), numerous refereed articles (including in the Journal of Biblical Literature (2018), Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (2019), and Refuge Journal (2013)) and chapters on the Pentateuch, mission, and refugee related issues, as well as numerous popular articles. Mark is presently co-authoring a book, "Providing Refuge: A Missional and Political Theology." Mark is called upon to speak on in Canada, the U.S., and Australia. His previous career was as a jazz pianist in Sydney, Australia (Chick Corea and Wynton Kelly are his musical heroes).
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One Response to Plans to deregulate Wall Street

  1. George Glanville says:

    Great piece of writing Mark. Anyone who did Economics1 at Uni of Sydney could well be called an economist of sorts! Mwaaa! Dad.

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