Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The joke's on El Papa

Christina Odone, writing at CAPX, is over her inordinate fear of the rhetorical question(?);

Is the Pope a Socialist? No

That's not supposed to require an answer to be funny. But funny it is, since Christina--Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute--doesn't even understand what capitalism is, if she believes what she has written in a tweet; Francis believes in a free market, when it is operated by men and women who have a moral compass

That's a big problem, since a free market is not operated by anyone. By definition, it is a self organized, organic thing. Buyers and sellers come together, un-coerced, to exchange what they bring to the party. Either side is free to accept or reject a trade.

If Christina is correct as to what the Pope believes, then the Pope is a socialist; he believes in an operated (managed) economy, not a free one. But one can sympathize with his confused upbringing;
His first impression of the free market was the unsavoury Argentinian model: in the 1970s and 80s, it delivered power and riches to the greedy elite at the top, and oppression and poverty to almost everyone else.
I.e., Argentina hasn't been a free market nation for almost a century--when it was, early in the 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world--Argentina has a Peronist economy. Officially, Justicialismo (as in social justice), which rejects capitalism. It's akin to Mussolini-ism, that branch of socialism known in Italy as fascism.

With friends like Christina, the Pope doesn't need enemies like Ann Coulter. Speaking of whom, Christina  wrote;  From Ann Coulter to Donald Trump, the self-appointed defenders of the American way of life are getting ready for a confrontation with his Holiness.

That's another problem for the Directoress of Communications, since the link to Coulter produces a criticism of the Pope's religious proclamations, not his economics;
But my own — I’m not a Catholic. But I would think the statement by the pope that I find most surprising was his statement that you don’t have to be a Christian to go to heaven. Look, you may think that. Maybe there are a lot of people who think that. But if you’re head of the RNC, you’re not supposed to be saying, ‘oh, don’t bother voting Republican.’ That isn’t supposed to be your position.
If you're going to self-appoint yourself a defender of Pope Francis's beliefs, maybe you should actually read the things you link to.

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