Richard A. Levins is a professor emeritus of applied economics at the University of Minnesota, in St. Paul. His most recent book is God or Greed: The Market as Culture (ItascaBooks.com).
Whether we think “they should get jobs” or “the government should take care of them,” too often we regard the poor dispassionately. The story of the good Samaritan is a better place to start.
I introduced students to a worldview completely at odds with the one expressed by Pope Francis. In doing so, I rationalized greed and dismissed the idea of a common good.