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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).
Pope Francis greets children not yet corrupted by Economics 101 classes on Christmas Eve in St. Peter’s Basilica on Dec. 24, 2022. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Richard A. Levins
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.