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Capitalism is dehumanising

Published 02/03/2011

I WAS deeply troubled by your story of an alms seeker being imprisoned by a Belfast magistrate for begging (Life, February 28).

It exemplified how degrading and dehumanising a system capitalism is when one destitute human being has to beg for a meal and a bed while, even more degradingly, another is reduced to compassionless wretchedness to provide these needs for him.

I thought of Anatole France's incisive comment on bourgeois law: "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep in the parks, beg in the streets or to steal bread."

RICHARD MONTAGUE

Belfast

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