68 Micháel Amaladoss, S.J. MISSION IN A POST-MODERN WORLD A Call to be Counter-Cultural We are reflecting during these days on the impact of the dominant liberal capitalist economic and commercial system on our societies and on the challenges that it poses to us as witnesses to Jesus' good news of the Reign of God. The poor are not only increasing in numbers but are becom- ing poorer. The resources of the earth, common to all, are being abused by a few and depleted and destroyed. Social inequalities follow the growing economic inequalities and give rise to tensions and violent conflicts. We have seen how the economic and commercial systems are supported by the political systems, whatever be their democratic facades. The political regimes are further sustained by military systems that impose internal and external control to facilitate economic and commercial activity. The mili- tary systems are in turn promoted and sustained by the industrial com- plex through the production and sale of arms. We are also realizing how this network of exploitation and control has global dimensions today. We ' understand how the monetization of the economy has given rise to finan- cial markets in which, through
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