Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 65, Issue 1, pp 5–21 | Cite as

Neoliberal Capitalism and the Corruption of Society: A Pastoral Political Analysis

  • Ryan LaMothe


In this article, I juxtapose religious and neoliberal capitalistic symbol systems to highlight the existential flaws in capitalism and how it undermines community and society. More particularly, I contend that religious (in this article, Judeo-Christian) and religiously inflected humanist symbol systems possess core values of care, community (space of appearances and the common good), and relational justice that ideally order social life, institutions, and subjectivity. I argue that these core values and practices, which are woven into the semiotic web of Judeo-Christian religions, are missing from the complex web of symbols and narratives that undergird neoliberal capitalism. I argue further that when neoliberal capitalism becomes a hegemonic way of organizing society, there is an attending corruption of social care, the common good, and relational justice.


Neoliberal capitalism Semiotics Christianity Care Relational justice Common good 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Meinrad Seminary and School of TheologyMeinradUSA

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