Pope Francis has arrived and the leftists are biting at the bit to trash Capitalism. It will be a week of trashing from the misguided and short-sighted, but Capitalism is the reason we have this great and prosperous country.
There are alternatives like Bernie Sanders and his leftist ideology. He wants to take over the banks. He is telling his followers they are part of a political revolution as if the last eight years of a fundamental transformation wasn’t enough. He has a page dedicated to the pope. Never mind that he’s an Atheist.
The political left is looking to Pope Francis to give his moral stamp of approval to their agenda of redistribution and extreme climate change but they’ll ignore his teachings on abortion and marriage.
When King George III went to war with the colonies, many in England were opposed but they massed together in collective silence. We are under siege by leftists in this country but the majority remain silent partly in fear of the wannabe tyrants and petty bureaucrats who bludgeon dissenters and hope to rule over them.
Their fervor is driven by a leftist ideology that stands as an imminent threat to individual liberty.
It’s an ideology that begets systems and systems beget rules and regulations until there is no individual, there is only the collective.
Ideologies like Progressivism and Socialism grow out of a need, a crisis, a sense of something lost in our love for our fellow man, inconvenience, and even greed.
They come clothed in great moral character, animated by causes and special interests, inflamed by the mad fanatics who in their arrogance and close-mindedness won’t suffer any deviation.
E.L. Godkin, journalist and editor, a champion of limited government and an opponent of Socialism and Communism, believed the real and best change in society came with the advent of the elevation of the individual over political force.
In “opposition to the theory of divine right, by kings or demagogues, the doctrine of natural rights was set up. Humanity was exalted above human institutions, man was held superior to the State, and universal brotherhood supplanted the ideas of national power and glory.”
That is man’s rightful place. It is his/her inherent right.
The Republic as our Founders envisioned has lost some of its original purpose and is now in danger of becoming a Socialist collective.
The United States, regardless of her flaws, has given more people the most opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty than any other system in the world. With the right to own private property, the right to free speech, self-defense, privacy, with the elevation of individual rights over government, the free market, competition, the United States has become the most prosperous nation in the world.
There is no prosperity in redistribution, only enslavement to entitlements. Helping those who need help does not mean extending that help into theft of goods and property of others until we all share equally in misery.
Government intervention and crony corporatism has chipped away at Capitalism. Capitalism is about private property and free markets, not unsavory relationships between government and business. Today, it’s even international governments and business which some want to codify with UN treaties.
Anti-Capitalists have caused much of the misery in the world but misery has existed since the beginning of time.
If the anti-Capitalists were to look around, it isn’t the US causing the poverty, it’s the tyrants of other nations. We are a lone voice of freedom crying out in a vast sea of demagogues and elitists.
Thomas Sowell has an excellent piece at WND and in it he talks about the Pope’s direction.
In it, he said, “any serious look at the history of human beings over the millennia shows that the species began in poverty. It is not poverty, but prosperity, that needs explaining. Poverty is automatic, but prosperity requires many things – none of which is equally distributed around the world or even within a given society.
Geographic settings are radically different, both among nations and within nations. So are demographic differences, with some nations and groups having a median age over 40 and others having a median age under 20. This means that some groups have several times as much adult work experience as others. Cultures are also radically different in many ways.
As distinguished economic historian David S. Landes put it, “The world has never been a level playing field.” But which has a better track record of helping the less fortunate – fighting for a bigger slice of the economic pie, or producing a bigger pie?
In 1900, only 3 percent of American homes had electric lights but more than 99 percent had them before the end of the century. Infant mortality rates were 165 per thousand in 1900 and 7 per thousand by 1997. By 2001, most Americans living below the official poverty line had central air conditioning, a motor vehicle, cable television with multiple TV sets and other amenities.
A scholar specializing in the study of Latin America said that the official poverty level in the United States is the upper middle class in Mexico. The much criticized market economy of the United States has done far more for the poor than the ideology of the left.
No other system has ever done as much for mankind to lift them out of poverty than Capitalism or what we have left of it which plods on despite its battered self.
Left-wing ideology is more common in poor countries. Corruption or the perception of corruption breeds left-wing leaders. The benefits of Capitalism are not understood in these cultures. They believe that in Capitalism a handful of elite control all production. Others prefer Socialism because it benefits them, such as those who favor or need entitlements.
Capitalism has been far more effective at reducing income inequality than Socialism or Communism but the facts don’t dissuade the leftists.
People who are angry with companies are generally angry with crony corporatists, not Capitalists, but they don’t seem to know that.
The world’s poorest countries are distrustful of Capitalists and they end up with heavy government intervention and regulation of business. Companies won’t conduct business in these environments and the economies remain poor. The poor countries aren’t the result of Capitalism, they’re the result of the hatred of Capitalism.
Even if Pope Francis doesn’t say a single word against Capitalism, he will be interpreted as condemning it. Be prepared for a week of trashing Capitalism and Republican ideals.