Thursday, November 28, 2013

Pope Francis Ignores the Lessons of Collectivism

When one looks at Pope Francis condemnation of unfettered capitalism and the need for the re-distribution of wealth, it is certainly nothing new coming from a pope; the idea that there is plenty of food and money available to raise everyone to a comfortable level has been the promise of the various forms of collectivism since the days of Karl Marx, while simultaneously condemning the horrors of the collective states of  Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, the Soviet Union and the Communist Chinese. The problem of course is once the government has control of  the economy, it also has control of the society itself. While Pope Francis may want an altruistic planned economy, what he will get is the unwanted consequences of socialism. When one looks at Socialism throughout the world today, not only are the countries mired in uncontrolled debt, but there is unfettered abortion, unfettered homosexuality, unfettered euthanasia (in Belgium the"right" to euthanasia now extends to children), unfettered secularism and unfettered control of the populace by an ever intrusive government taking a more and more money from the citizenry to pay for the government, while the leadership lives in unfettered luxury.

"As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world's problems or, for that matter, to any problems," he wrote. Pope Francis Attacks 'Tyranny' of Unfettered Capitalism
 
One might agree with the Popes condemnation of unfettered capitalism, as capitalism only works with a free market and the current market is fettered by crony capitalism, but the term itself has no meaning as it was an invention of the left to describe a free market they have no control over. What the Pope Francis chooses to ignore here, is socialism does not have an economic engine, while supply and demand in a free market does and more people have been raised out of poverty by capitalism than any other economic system ever used. And the end result of a collective/ socialist society has always been a slow slide into insolvency; or worse, starvation on a massive scale. Further it is the very nature of a collective society to try and fund itself through financial speculation. As I have mentioned in other writings, the "law" of supply and demand is intuitive to the human condition, where collectivism must be forced on the people. Collectivism only works for a short time, usually as a result of the people (or nation) being threatened by an outside force, so the people are willing to sacrifice their individual freedoms for the sake of survival. However, if the collective state is allowed to continue too long, it will eventually collapse under it's own weight.

This is already occurring in the third world, and the cause is the non-autonomy of markets through world governance, the UN, World Bank and IMF (International Monetary Fund). Here you find massive starvation as third world countries are denied the industrial advantages to bring them out of extreme poverty, through the auspices of Global Warming and carbon credits. International Global Warming talks have repeatedly broken down as the IMF wants to control the Carbon Credit Exchanges that were supposed to redistribute wealth to non-industrialized countries. In the name of low carbon development, the Carbon Credit exchanges are already creating pandemic starvation, as farm land is being seized or nationalized and industrial agriculture is growing bio-fuel crops, such as oil palms, or food crops specifically for export. Further the high demand for bio-fuel has also caused the price of food stables such as corn, to levels unaffordable by the poor. 'Biofuels a big cause of famine' In Africa tens of thousands of the poor are being forcefully evicted from their homes and land to "protect the environment and help fight global warming...The case twists around an emerging multibillion-dollar market trading carbon-credits under the Kyoto Protocol, which contains mechanisms for outsourcing environmental protection to developing nations.In Scramble for Land, Group Says, Company Pushed Ugandans Out. The end result of replacing food crops with cash crops and/or exporting the high value food crops industrialized countries, has led to a huge increase in pandemic starvation in Africa; this is the effect of the world government control of markets that the Pope believes will help end the structural causes of inequality.

In the final analysis Pope Francis seems to want socialism on his terms and it just doesn't work that way. Socialism always has it's own agenda and as mentioned before and it is always the opposite of the tenets of Christianity and Catholicism. Consider the fact that a government that can force equality, also believes it will better decide what to do with charitable donations, rather than religious organizations (the Obama administration has already suggested doing away with tax deductions for charitable donations). If one looks at the nature of socialism, it's is immediately apparent that charitable donations are almost non-existent, as the government takes so much of the citizens money money that is supposedly re-distributed to the poor. So  one wonders if the Catholic church is willing to acquiesce it's ability to feed and clothe the poor as it's tax exempt status would be eliminated also in the name of government redistribution. The end result is always a secular society that has no room for religion.

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