"Just as the commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say 'thou shalt not' to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills," Francis wrote in the document issued on Tuesday.
But does this mean that the alternative is better? The relevant question is not whether capitalism kills but rather whether the Pope's implied alternative would do any better. In this classic clip from Milton Friedman, he says that the record of history is "absolutely crystal clear" on this point: