Pope Francis Has a Red Adviser

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Jeffrey Sachs, a leftist self-proclaimed adviser to the Pope also acts as liaison to the U.N. He penned an article for a Jesuit publication alleging that Pope Francis will urgently challenge the “American idea” of  “unalienable rights.”

Sach’s first paragraph declares the urgency of diminishing our core principles:

The United States, Sachs writes in the Jesuit publication, America, is “a society in thrall” to the idea of unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But the “urgent core of Francis’ message” will be to challenge this “American idea” by “proclaiming that the path to happiness lies not solely or mainly through the defense of rights but through the exercise of virtues, most notably justice and charity.”

No one in America is saying our defense of rights is our sole and main path to happiness nor does anyone think our Founding documents are a bible, but Sachs knows how to manipulate the sound bites – he’s acclaimed as a media expert.

Hopefully he’s misreading the pope.

Sachs’ overriding goal in life is to eliminate extreme world poverty but he needs our money to do it along with the help of allies in the cause like George Soros, Joseph Stiglitz (who helped write Mayor de Blasio’s communist plan), Frances Fox Piven (who now sees pollution as the worst threat in the world) with his unwavering belief in social justice and redistribution.

So who is Jeffrey D. Sachs? Jeffrey David Sachs is an American economist and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, formerly at Harvard. he is Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease and hunger by the year 2015.

He serves as the Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he is also the Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management.

It’s a lot of hats for him to wear but there is only one message and all strive to reach the same socialist goals.

Vanity Fair says Jeffrey Sachs is said to be a visionary economist, alleged savior of Bolivia, Poland, and other struggling nations, adviser to the U.N. and movie stars.

Critics say he was recruited by Soros in the 80’s to make large sums of money and in the process crashed markets throughout the world. Definitely don’t ask him about what he did in Russia.

In an appearance with George Soros on November 16, 2000 at the ARCO Forum, they discussed their core idea of closing the gap between rich and poor societies.

The leftist idea has never been to strengthen the middle class, it has been to level the field until we are all the same, wherever that takes us. The elites will rule us until we can do it ourselves which will be never because power in the hands of the few can only lead to corruption and always has.

At the ARCO meeting, Sachs decried tax reform and civil reform – austerity.

Soros, an extreme globalist, said investors need to be incentivized to put their money into developing countries to help them make the transition to a more open economy. By that he means one that follows his socialist ideals.

He wants to “reform global capitalism” because “there currently exists an uneven and unacceptable playing field among societies.”

One goal at the time was to squash the IMF and their bailout system.

On the day Paul Ryan released his budget proposal, Frances Fox Piven hosted a 60’s-style teach-in at Judson Memorial Church in New York City with more than 200 schools watching as it live streamed over the web.

“Fight Back USA” gave tips on “fighting austerity, debt, and corporate greed” and it was led off by communists Frances Fox Piven, Cornel West and Jeffrey Sachs, a self-described Progressive. It took place in April 2011.

Piven spoke dramatically of the “Tree of Corporate Destruction” with a sense of urgency that characterizes the crisis-prone far-left. Jeffrey Sachs was an important speaker at the event.

“My name is Frances Fox Piven,” she said. “I want to welcome you to the first national teach-in on corporate greed and false austerity, debt, and how we’re going to fight back.”

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“This tree’s really the tree of American life,” Piven explained. “And you can see it’s been poisoned, it’s been polluted by corporate interests. Corporate influence has grown over the last 30 years especially.” In their rapacious exploitation of labor and the environment, the corporations had starved the public sector through austerity and drowned the American consumer in debt. “The tree of corporate destruction is endangering our future,” Piven said. “The future of young people, the future of our society, and the future of our planet.”

Since she and her late husband Richard Cloven (d.2001) came on the scene in the 60’s and 70’s, she has urged the poor to mau mau our government.

The way to end poverty, Piven and Cloward argued, was to increase local and state welfare rolls to the point where the federal government had no option but to step in and institute a guaranteed annual income.

Their idea has gone hasn’t succeeded – yet. They’re insidious however.

Jeffrey Sachs appeared at the conference as a figure on a white screen, transformed by modern technology at the time into a holograph. Matthew Continetti writing for The Weekly Standard in 2011 described Sachs’ past successes (or not).

In the 1990s Sachs was known for administering “shock therapy” to post-Communist regimes willing to listen to him. He urged a rapid transition from public to private ownership in places like Russia and Poland. As the name implied, shock therapy did not come without social, economic, and reputational costs. So Sachs has spent the last decade reinventing himself as a champion of foreign aid, adviser to U.N. secretary generals, critic of American foreign policy, and president of Columbia’s Earth Institute.

Continetti preserved the key points of Sachs attack on the Republican budget and the alleged “corporatocracy” in both parties. Ryan’s attempt to slow the growth of the budget (there were no real cuts) was to him a crisis of untold proportions.

“It’s a memorable day,” he said. “It’s the day that the Republican party showed us what they really have in mind.” If the Ryan budget became law, Dr. Sachs concluded, “We would cease to be, to be blunt, a modern country. We would end up with no policies for energy, no policies for infrastructure, no policies for job training, no policies for education, no policies for child care, for early child development, for all the things that make a decent society.”

Sachs’s rant grew in intensity. “There’s nothing bold about this,” he said. “There’s nothing clever about it, there’s nothing thoughtful about it, there’s nothing innovative about it, it’s just one bald assault by the rich on the poor. And that’s the spirit of the times right now.”

Sarcasm dripped from his lips as he said:

We have to sacrifice community development, we have to sacrifice job training, we have to sacrifice education, we have to sacrifice an energy system, we can’t afford new infrastructure. It’s a shocking, shocking abuse of power.”

As the crowd became incensed at corporations, Continetti described the last moments:

“It’s shocking irresponsibility,” Sachs said. “And the saddest part — ”

The room vibrated with the echoes of long-ago battle cries: Storm the Bastille! Vive la révolution!

“And the saddest part — ”

The saddest part for the crowd was the screen grew blank and God smiled down.

It’s ironic that these same people support crony corporatism, the disfigured cousin of capitalism, as it works in favor of their ideology.

Sachs is advising the Pope, the same Pope who fired conservative advisers and who is appointing leftist cardinals at a somewhat fast clip.

In his article for the Jesuit publication, Sachs is alerting us to what is to come now that he believes he has the moral authority of the leader of 1.2 billion people and a third of the American people.

Sachs calls our Founding documents outmoded but uses the ancients to justify his beliefs and paints us all with the same brush.

“We face, therefore, a moral crisis, not a material crisis. We face a problem not of means but of ends. As Aristotle might have said, we have the techne (the technological know-how) but not yet the phronesis (the moral wisdom) to choose survival over death. We are trapped by an indifference that ironically has been magnified by America’s exaggerated defense of liberty at the expense of virtue.”

Where will this take us? Success might be rewarded with the theft of wealth via a global VAT for example. It’s noblesse oblige to the wildest extremes imaginable and it ignores the tremendous generosity of America and of corporations.

One of our errors of individualism, he intones, has given rise to Libertarianism.

Only 1% – probably less actually – of the population subscribe to the strictest Libertarian principles he finds offensive, so what is he talking about? Most Republicans have a little bit of the Libertarian in them. That’s where classical liberalism came from in part. Is that what he’s referring to?

His message in America exploits the Pope’s authority and strives to make U.S. sovereignty a thing of the past with individualism giving way to global happiness and, of course, virtue:

“Pope Francis’ message will help provide a universal language of virtue and happiness for the goals to be adopted by the member states of the United Nations. I believe that with such encouragement, the United States and the world can be stirred to choose a better course towards security, human dignity and well-being in the coming generation.”

To Sachs, it’s a sin to be an individualist, to believe in a sovereign and rich United States, and to have an economy not embedded in globalism. “Trickle down” suddenly didn’t work though we know it did.

The Fundacion Ideas, or IDEAS Foundation for Progress was created during the 37th Federal Congress of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) in 2008 to establish a “think-tank with the capacity to bring novel progressive ideas to the arena of political and social debate in an ever changing world.” Its mission is to identify challenges and opportunities and offer innovative and imaginative solutions that are at the same time rigorous from a scientific point of view and politically deliverable.

American members of the Fundacion Ideas Scientific Committee included Joseph Stiglitz, Jeffrey Sachs, among others who are now involved with communist NYC mayor Bill de Blasio.

The Pope has a special power – according to Catholic doctrine – he is infallible in matters of faith and morals. Information on the doctrine of papal infallibility can be found here. The Pope might say that redistribution in the name of climate change is a matter of faith and morals when he speaks before the U.N. and congress in September or he might say what Pops Benedict XVI and John Paul II said – we have wonderful founding documents but we mustn’t forget out obligations to the poor.

How much does Pope Francis listen to Jeffrey Sachsl? We will know when the climate change encyclical comes out.

Sachs is a redistributive socialist and has been taking funding from George Soros in his efforts to defeat poverty. They are partners in the U.N. Millennium Project.

In December 2009, Sachs addressed a meeting of the Party of European Socialists in Prague which we have available thanks to the research of keywiki.

Sachs praised the socialists as “both the heirs and the leaders of the world’s most important and most successful political path…”

Sachs praised the socialists’ “strong commitment to universalist ethical principles and fiscal redistribution…” He is happy that the socialists have kept “campaign financing as a public commitment, not dominated by private money…”

Sachs regrets that “in the United States, we do not have a commitment to re-distribution, we have a commitment to low taxes, which are so low, we have enabled a massive underclass to develop…”

Sachs made it clear that the United States should be the major funder of his globalist vision. He also calls for an international financial transactions tax and a carbon levy – both to rein in capitalism and to finance the West’s “commitments” to the world’s poor nations.

Sachs calls for a “global fund for health,” one for “education” and another for “climate.”
The war in Afghanistan, the troubles in Gaza, even Somali piracy. can only be ended through “sustainable development”.

Sachs ended with a plea to the Party of European Socialists to “make common cause with the progressives of the United States, so that we too, may find a political course back…we too, need to find your wisdom, we need to make common cause in that effort… Your cause is a European cause, but it’s also a global cause… I so much admire you for that,” he told the European Socialists who have lots of poor despite their high taxes.

Jeffrey Sachs has basically outlined the Soros agenda. The reduction of the United States to a subservient milking cow for global socialism.

Sachs sees in the Pope an opportunity to destroy our Republic and replace it with his global vision.

Sachs’ article for the Jesuit publication speaks only of globalism. There is no American Exceptionalism, there is no sovereignty, there is no wealth.

“Pope Francis’ message will help provide a universal language of virtue and happiness for the goals to be adopted by the member states of the United Nations. I believe that with such encouragement, the United States and the world can be stirred to choose a better course towards security, human dignity and well-being in the coming generation.”

The greed and corruption is a rampant part of the U.N. and its socialist and communist members to whom we would dole out all our wealth through higher and higher global taxes.

When Pope Benedict XVI  and Pope John Paul II came to America and spoke of our guiding principles, they lauded them but urged us to remember that with the freedom we strive for comes personal responsibility towards the less fortunate.

Both popes were beloved and earned that love.

Pope John Paul II, addressing the Ambassador to the Holy See in December, 1997, specifically said:

Reading the founding documents of the United States, one has to be impressed by the concept of freedom they enshrine: a freedom designed to enable people to fulfill their duties and responsibilities toward the family and toward the common good of the community. Their authors clearly understood that there could be no true freedom without moral responsibility and accountability, and no happiness without respect and support for the natural units or groupings through which people exist, develop, and seek the higher purposes of life in concert with others.”

He quoted George Washington in his Farewell Address, that religion and morality represent “indispensable supports” of political prosperity.

Their words were inspiring.

The Vatican’s Cardinal Peter Turkson, “helped write” the first draft of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, and he says global inequality and the destruction of the environment are the “greatest threats we face as a human family today.” Neither the Cardinal nor the Pope are practical men necessarily.

The Pope sees our supposed exploitation of the earth as gravely threatening.

The Pope said this:

“We must do what we can so that everyone has something to eat. But we must also remind the powerful of the earth that God will call them to judgment one day, and it will be seen if they truly tried to provide food for him in every person, and if they worked so that the environment would not be destroyed, but could produce this food.”

He’s right but will how far will he go? We will find out in September.

He has already made it clear that redistribution is a valued tool and governments can serve as valuable conduits but he has also said this type of generosity should be voluntary.

As a lifelong Catholic, I hope I don’t have to make any hard choices,

 

 

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