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October 08, 2020

The Pope Gets Woke!

More like wokER.

AdobeStock_248723466Pope Francis has been suspicious of capitalism and free markets for some time. Not enough to forego the substantial flow of these ill-gotten gains into the coffers of the Vatican, of course. But you should know he has nothing but disdain for the millions of dollars it provides. Probably draws little frowny faces on the deposit slips.

“In today’s world, many forms of injustice persist, fed by… a profit-based economic model that does not hesitate to exploit, discard and even kill human beings.”

Unlike competing economic models like communism that in contrast exploit, discard, and even kill human beings in a slower, more methodical manner. And more efficient, too, if the numbers are any indication.

“The Pope decried the free-market “dogma of neo-liberal faith” that views ‘the magic theories of ‘spillover’ or ‘trickle’ ... as the only solution to societal problems.’ He went on to write that ‘market freedom cannot supersede the rights of peoples and the dignity of the poor.’”

Perhaps the Pope believes that the way you preserve the dignity of the poor is to have more of them. A lot more, given that the rise of free-market economies have witnessed an explosion in widespread prosperity.

Regarding property rights, the very foundation of all earthly freedom, the Pope noted that:

“The right to private property can only be considered a secondary natural right, derived from the principle of the universal destination of created goods.”

When property rights become a secondary right, everyone typically suffers.

But, we all suffer equally.

“The right of some to free enterprise or market freedom cannot supersede the rights of peoples and the dignity of the poor, or, for that matter, respect for the natural environment, for ‘if we make something our own, it is only to administer it for the good of all.’”

You know what happens when you administer something “for the good of all?”

Bad things.

Regarding our human family, the Pope notes:

“In a family, parents, grandparents and children all feel at home; no one is excluded. If someone has a problem, even a serious one, even if he brought it upon himself, the rest of the family comes to his assistance; they support him. His problems are theirs… In families, everyone contributes to the common purpose; everyone works for the common good, not denying each person’s individuality but encouraging and supporting it. They may quarrel, but there is something that does not change: the family bond. Family disputes are always resolved afterwards. The joys and sorrows of each of its members are felt by all. That is what it means to be a family! If only we could view our political opponents or neighbours in the same way that we view our children or our spouse, mother or father! How good would this be!”

Yes, how good that would be!


Now, think about how your nuclear family gets along as described above.

Now add extended family.

Go further, in-laws boyfriends, second cousins.

Shutterstock_114545716Now, picture Thanksgiving dinner, with your vegan niece, your football-loving uncle, the sister-in-law who just got divorced and discovered witchcraft, the twin cousins with their matching MAGA hats, the Bernie Bro guy who you think might be a nephew but you lost track trying to referee a disagreement between your fruitarian anorexic sister and your wife’s niece’s bodybuilding keto girlfriend.

Put another way, have you ever tried to organize a lunch outing with a few coworkers?

Ever try it with a thousand?

Agreeing on a place, well, that would be a miracle!

The Pope does have a point, though. Sure, free-market capitalism with its emphasis on property being a primary right might have brought prosperity to the world, greater personal freedom, superior environmental outcomes, and the resources necessary for the church to do its work. However, the alternatives result in the exact opposite, with less prosperity, less personal freedom, worse environmental outcomes, fewer resources for the church and even a wholly predictable botched response to the pandemic.

Wait, where I was going with this?

Oh yes. Pray!


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October 8, 2020 at 12:30 PM in Current Affairs | Permalink



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