The Pope preaches nonsense

The pope tweeted this gem:

Inequality is the root of social evil.

I guess he hired Barack Obama’s speech writer.  The great thing about Twitter, is that there is no room to elaborate on what you’re trying to say.  Since any believer would have to admit that God didn’t create a bunch of clones who are all equal in ability, I’ll infer that “his Holiness” (as Catholics and politicians refer to him) means economic inequality.  I guess Jorge thinks governments (or maybe the Church?) should decide how much wealth everyone gets and divide everything equally.  Hasn’t that been tried before?

Apparently he had an earlier take on so called “Capitalism” that went like this:

“there was the promise that once the glass had become full it would overflow and the poor would benefit. But what happens is that when it’s full to the brim, the glass magically grows, and thus nothing ever comes out for the poor.”

Now people throw around the word “Capitalism” to mean different things.  Perhaps Jorge meant the economic fascism we enjoy here in 21st century United States of America.  I have plenty of issues with it myself, although I’m not overly concerned with inequality per se.

But let’s set that aside for a minute and just think about what he’s saying.  Does he really believe the poor have not benefited from Capitalism?  Does he think the poor were better off before all of the technological advances created by Western Civilization over the past 500 years?  Were people better off when half of them died as children and the other half were lucky to make it to 50?  Are the poor people in countries that have had bigger government and less economic freedom enjoying a better quality of life than poor Americans?  Poor Brits?  Poor Germans?

Catholicism tends to do much better these days in dirt poor, third world, backwater countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.  It’s dying in Europe, the world’s richest continent.  Perhaps the pope just wants everybody to be equally miserable so they’ll turn back to the Church.  Or maybe I’m too cynical and he’s just plain dumb when it comes to basic economics.  After all he is claiming that the “glass magically grows.”

Full disclosure, I am not now, nor have I ever been a Catholic.  Still, I can’t find the part of the Bible where Jesus named a Pope and told everyone to listen to everything he says as if it was God himself talking.  Maybe it’s in there somewhere.  I haven’t read it cover to cover.

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  1. Of course it’s a psiesrng issue, unless you’re loaded. Ever since the first people came to America the rich have been getting richer and the poor have been getting poorer. Whoever was king of England at the time gave land to his friends, who gave land to their friends, leaving the people with modest means to fend for themselves. What it is is people taking advantages of situations and benefitting from them, from America’s first settlement to its Industrial Period. The controversy here that’s been carried on towards modern times regards the question of what to do about wealth disparity, or if anything should even be done about it. People argue that they’ve earned their money fair and square, and have gone from rags to riches by working hard, and it’s just too bad that the poor are poor, because they didn’t work as hard. Whatever reason people give for wealth disparity, the point is that it still exists, and I think it’s wrong to disparage poverty and the people who don’t have as much as you, or anything at all. I personally follow the philosophy of enjoying the fruits of my own labor and I’d be indignant if I was forced to, say, put food on someone else’s table too just because I have more money. However, I believe that people have, to some extent, a moral obligation to help those in need.I don’t know much about occupy Wall Street. I never really followed it so I don’t have much to say about it, but I didn’t like how it transitioned from a genuine protest of wealth inequality to people jumping on the bandwagon and interfering with other people’s lives/livelihood, and making a huge mess out of the city parks.

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