I'm the author of Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything (Red Clover, 2011). I write about big ideas, culture, creativity, and the interaction of complex systems.

The monoculture is found, of course, in the intersection between religion and social services. Churches are often involved in humanitarian work of one kind or another, but that focus on humanitarian work is, in some cases, taking on a decidedly economic twang, where profit - not a religious value like caring for the oppressed or looking after widows and orphans - becomes the pinnacle of humanitarian achivement.

Here’s an example of a relatively well-known American pastor (voted one of the 50 Leaders Under the Age of 40 to Watch by¬†Christianity Todayin 1996) talking about capitalism as a social change agent on his blog. This was posted back in 2003, when the US was at war with Iraq:

"Yet [x]’s a kindred spirit, as I myself am the self-styled leader of Urban Ministers for Free Market Capitalism and Globalization. There are many members of my little club, but just like the many coalition countries that anonymously back the US and Britain in the current conflict, many of my cohorts are not ready to go public with their belief that making a virtuous profit could be the most humanitarian thing we could do in other parts of the world."