Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Righteous Coffee?

D.C. Innes, writing for World:
I spent a week at Princeton Theological Seminary for a summer seminar on the role of Christian thinking on the American Revolution. It was an enriching experience in many ways, not the least of which was the coffee. Because PTS is an institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), a politically progressive and in some ways trendy denomination, all the coffee was guaranteed righteous. There was social justice in every cup. You see, Presbyterian coffee, of the mainline variety, is fair trade coffee, and so it feels especially good going down.

But feelings aren’t everything. Victor Claar has written a helpful little book for the Acton Institute, Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution, that cuts through self-congratulatory emotions and lays out the economic sources and constraints of their situation. . . .

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