This is an extract from a speech given by Father James McDyer in Westport, 1966…
It is a terrifying reflection in our world that the manufacture of many of its major and essential commodities are in the hands of an ever shrinking group of corporations. It is equally terrifying that the power and wealth of some of these is so great that they give governments occasion to pause and the more multinational and powerful they become, the better their position to influence the policy of not just one nation but the policy of a group of nations. The vast bulk of the world’s wealth reposes in the hands of a tiny minority. Their call is for more growth, larger turnover and larger profits to satisfy the insatiable longing of the shareholders. To attain this growth the worker is subjected to machine and automation dictates redundancy. The consumer is constantly hammered with the call to spend, spend, spend and we have flooded the world with cheap plastic and unnecessary gadgetry while neglecting the good and solid things in life.
I’ll just leave that there…by