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Pope: “Capitalism Lacks Morals And Promotes Selfish Behavior”

September 24, 2015

The Pope will address a joint session of congress Thursday morning. Except for about 50 of the members, all will be in agreement with the Pope’s understanding and dislike of capitalism. Our Congressman and Senator’s anti-capitalist politics comes from being educated in anti-capitalist universities. The Peronist Roots of Pope Francis are the reason for his anti-capitalism politics.

BACKGROUND

Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires Argentina in 1936. Juan Peron was the President of Argentina from 46-55 and gave his political movement the name Peronism. Peronism rejects the extremes of capitalism and communism and is considered a third way. The Justicalist Party is the party of peronism. Justicalist comes from the Spanish words justicia and social, the English translation being social justice. The Pope’s formative years were during the Peron era. Of course Peronism didn’t go away when Juan Peron was deposed in 1955, the ideology is still alive today. You can read more by clicking on the words above.

SOME DEFINITIONS

Lets start with a few definitions before we talk about the Popes comments about capitalism. Capitalism means private ownership of the means of production. Socialism means state ownership of the means of production. In a capitalist economy decision-making power over the use of capital is dispersed among the people. In a socialist economy decision-making power over the use of capital is concentrated in one person of a small group of people.

Communism and Nazism are examples of state ownership of the means of production. The U.S., as founded, was an example of private ownership of the means of production. Do you think that either Chinese communism or U.S. capitalism, as they exist today, fit the definitions of socialism or capitalism? No! As constituted today they are third ways just like Peronism. Almost all countries are middle grounds moving toward or away from capitalism or socialism. The middle ground between capitalism and socialism is chaotic, just look at the world today.

LETS LOOK AT THE POPES COMMENTS ABOUT CAPITALISM

Pope Francis: “Capitalism lacks morals and promotes selfish behavior.”

Capitalism lacks morals?

Only individuals can be moral. Capitalism is an economic system that is neither moral nor immoral. It’s analogous to Governments. Governments aren’t moral or immoral, only individuals in government can be moral or immoral. The Pope should understand this because Christianity teaches individual salvation. Each individual is reconciled to God through Christ. There is no group salvation.

 

Capitalism promotes selfish behavior?

Every individual by nature is selfish. Does capitalism incentivize {promote} selfish behavior? Since we don’t live in the Garden of Eden (we messed that sweet deal up didn’t we?) where everything exists in abundance, where do all the things we need and want come from? They have to be produced. To get what you want, you can produce it yourself, exchange what you have produced for it, its owner can give it to you as a gift, you can steal it from its owner, or you can have someone else steal it and give it to you in exchange for something they want {your vote}.

In a free market capitalist system you must first produce before you can consume. Capitalism incentivizes production and exchange. In order for you to get what you want from another person you must first produce something that they want and offer it in exchange. You have to give before you receive. Isn’t this the golden rule of Christianity. How can the Pope not see this?

I think the Pope looks at our current middle ground between capitalism and socialism and thinks this is true capitalism. He, like many individuals in positions of power think this way. Their ignorance in and of itself, isn’t a bad thing. It only becomes bad when they enact policies in this state of ignorance. These policies influence and affect the lives of billions of people.

Here is the difference between capitalism and socialism. In a capitalist economic system, the means of production are owned by millions of people who are all selfish. The damage selfish people can do in this system is limited, first because decisions about capital are dispersed among many individuals, and second an individual can only be selfish for a while before he goes broke. In a socialist economy, where the means of production are owned by the state, a small group of leaders make decisions about the means of production. These people at the top haven’t traded in their pitch forks and horns for a halo and wings. The damage these selfish people can do in this system is unlimited, first because the decisions are one size fits all and are disastrous if wrong, and second because they can remain selfish in their pursuits no matter the results.

The Pope needs to stick to his ordained mission of mercy and reconciliation and stay away from economics until he reads Mises, Hayek and Rothbard. Until he does, he is speaking from a position of ignorance about economics. The Pope is not alone in his ignorance. He will be speaking to a group of people today who are in the same state of ignorance about economics as he is.

Watch this short video I posted last week titled, Is Capitalism Moral, by Walter E. Williams, it is informative.

Here are two great articles about the Pope’s ideology.

The Left Has Its Pope, by Thomas Sowell, at jewishworldreview.com.

Pope Francis’ Fact-Free Flamboyance, by George Will, at jewishworldreview.com.

Thomas Sowell Sums Up “Fact Free Liberals” In Part IV

January 28, 2014

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell’s first sentence of this article, One of the things that attracted me to the political left, as a young man, was a belief that leftists were for “the people.”, reminds me of the time I was a senior in high school and we were given a form to take home and fill out in order to register to vote. One of the questions was, “what party are you going to register under, Democrat or Republican”? I asked my mom, “what party are we”, she said, “we’re Democrats”, I asked , “Why”, she said, “because they’re for the working people”, so I marked Democrat and handed it in the next day. I learned quickly that my mom’s view of the Democrat party was wrong, and I learned much later, after reading Sowell and Hayek in the early 90”’s, that my view of the Republican party was wrong. Since the incentive of a politician is to grow Government, which in turn grows their power, there are big Government politicians in both parties. In the words of F. A. Hayek, “….The battle for freedom must be won over and over again, the socialists of all parties must be persuaded of defeated if they and we are to remain free men.”

Here are some excerpts from the article, Fact-Free Liberals: Part IV read here.

“…Fortunately, I was also very interested in the history of ideas — and years of research in that field repeatedly brought out the inescapable fact that many leading thinkers on the left had only contempt for “the people.”

“That has been true from the 18th century to the present moment. Even more surprising, I discovered over the years that leading thinkers on the opposite side of the ideological spectrum had more respect for ordinary people than people on the left who spoke in their name.”

“Another disturbing pattern turned up that is also with us to the present moment. From the 18th century to today, many leading thinkers on the left have regarded those who disagree with them as being not merely factually wrong but morally repugnant. And again, this pattern is far less often found among those on the opposite side of the ideological spectrum.”

“The vision of the left is not just a vision of the world. For many, it is also a vision of themselves — a very flattering vision of people trying to save the planet, rescue the exploited, create “social justice” and otherwise be on the side of the angels. This is an exalting vision that few are ready to give up, or to risk on a roll of the dice, which is what submitting it to the test of factual evidence amounts to. Maybe that is why there are so many fact-free arguments on the left, whether on gun control, minimum wages, or innumerable other issues — and why they react so viscerally to those who challenge their vision.”

In a previous post, Thomas Sowell Discusses “Fact Free Liberals”, Dr. Sowell explains issues like minimum wages, gun control and many others.

If you want to understand the vision of the left, I suggest reading The Vision Of The Anointed, and A Conflict Of Visions, by Thomas Sowell. In these books he explains, in his words, “…the underlying assumptions behind the very different ideoligical visions of the world being contested in modern times.”

These two books started me on a mind expanding voyage allowing me to see places I never realized existed.