maybe not the root of all evil but...
Ok, I haven't read the article. However, as someone mentioned, IT is an accelerator and a multiplier of the status quo. This in itself, modifies the environment.
1. the cross-licensing of "intellectual property" - i.e. ideas. You can't use any ideas we thought of first, even if you came up with it on your own. If you try to, the WTO will come and get you. Plus, we have given ourselves ludicrously long lifetimes on the monopolies on ideas that we have given ourselves. So you can invent and build your product, but you can't sell it into an area with people who have money to buy it, because any product you build probably utilises an idea we've already patented.
2. IT and electronic communications have enabled globalisation. With globalisation comes very large markets and volume of goods being sold by the market leaders. With large volumes comes the impetus to cut the unit costs as a small unit reduction adds up to a large total reduction. This is where we get companies breaking the law, using sweatshops, genetically modifying tomatos to make them look ripe when they aren't, compromising on safety (of employees or products), or playing pitifully poor suppliers against each other. Let face it - if you are earning $1.40/day and someone tells you your income will drop to zero unless you accept $1.20/day because someone else has offered to work for $1.30/day, you'll do it or starve - maybe both.
As volumes increase, each additional unit of supply (suppliers) or demand (product/customer) becomes relatively less important to the company.
I'm not saying you can put the globalisation genie back in the bottle, or that it would be helpful to try to do that, but we do have to recognise what sort of environment we have helped to create. The next time the issue of fair trade comes up, remember that we have not created a world where everyone gets the same chance and in our financial planning, a little noblesse oblige rather than insisting on our rights is probably in order.
It isn't money that is the root of all evil, its the *love* of money.