Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tony Ortega — Rush Limbaugh blasts ‘pure Marxism’ coming from Pope Francis’ critique of capitalism

Here it comes from the right.
“Somebody has either written this for him or gotten to him,” Rush said. “This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.”
The Raw Story
Rush Limbaugh blasts ‘pure Marxism’ coming from Pope Francis’ critique of capitalism
Tony Ortega

For another view, see John Aziz, Hey, Pope Francis: Markets are the solution, not the problem at The Week.

I don't think that the pope is opposing markets by equating markets with the type of capitalism is he denouncing as unjust and immoral. He is pretty specifically opposing the contemporary neoliberal brand of "capitalism," as in "economic liberalism (laissez-faire) is the sine qua non of democracy." Not! 
Economic liberalism is the enemy of democracy in that in a democracy workers have the political means to redistribute wealth. As a result, owners of capital have to be creative in maintaining power by convincing workers to vote against their interests. Billions are spent in this endeavor, but it's a pittance compared with the ROI. The pope is saying enough is enough.


Ryan Harris said...

What are Dems going to do now? They like to oppose the republicans, call them stupid, and then pull a republican-lite idea out of their hat. Now they actually will have to talk about difficult issues and take positions that show their true colors. About time.

Unknown said...

How many times must I point out that government backing for credit creation makes a free market impossible?

Where is the freedom for the less or non so-called creditworthy?

Freedom is not the unfettered ability to steal from the poor. That's license, not liberty.

Matt Franko said...

Heads spinning! Lol!

Tom, I would pay to watch this!


googleheim said...

Pissy like Stuart Varney... reminder...
Benedict defrocked the Scottish cardinal first for a reason!!