Does Capitalism Destroy Culture?

Event Date: 
February 18, 2010 - 12:00pm

Waters Building - David Cassard Sr. Conference Room 161 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Michael Miller’s lecture “Does Capitalism Destroy Culture?” discusses the positive and negative impact of capitalism in society today. Miller points out that it’s not just Christians that are worried about culture and that it is just not a right or left issue. Many are also worried about rampant consumerism and the perceived danger of technology. Miller also addresses the Southern Agrarians and their conservative critique of industrialization.

In his lecture Miller notes that it was much easier to blame capitalism for our woes, “because it is much easier to see and things like unemployment are very measurable.” He says that we have something much worse than capitalism: “We have a managerial capitalist economy, with a secular progressive culture and political centralization, which is a potent and dangerous mix for society, culture, and human flourishing.”

Short bio of the Speaker

Michael Miller is a Research Fellow and Director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, has an MA from Nagoya University's Graduate School of International Development (Japan), an MA in philosophy from Franciscan University, and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird (The American Graduate School of International Management). Before coming to Acton, he spent three years at Ave Maria College of the Americas in Nicaragua where he taught philosophy and political science and was the chair of the philosophy and theology department. He has almost 10 years of international experience and has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He has been published in the Washington Times, The Detroit News, The LA Daily News, and Crisis. His research interests include political economy, moral philosophy, economic development, and political theory.