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Socialism: Just give us one more try; we swear we'll get it right this time.
I dispute the idea that the environment is fragile.
True. We can debate about what he *meant* to say or what he's really saying or the context from which he's coming which doesn't mean what it sounds like he means but at the end of the day it matters more how his words will come across to people and how it will be used.
Millions of leftists will read Ricochet and conclude that we are cold hearted, survival-of-the-fittest Randians who think poor people deserve it. Their misunderstanding does not make us wrong. Judge the Pope based on what he means, not what others will twist his words into.
Read Jonah Goldberg's Tyranny of Cliches. "Social justice" was originally meant as an alternative to creeping state power, which the church saw as encroaching on its own sphere of influence. The original point of the movement was that the law should not be seen as the sole source of justice in the world.
And why does it seem like time and time again he makes statements that look like they've been written by Elizabeth Warren? Seriously, is there an already established way of interpreting what he says so it doesn't come across as it does? · 7 minutes ago
The difference is that Elizabeth Warren is talking about the United States, where the move away from capitalism has been demonstrably detrimental. I sincerely doubt the Pope would endorse the "gimme" mentality pushed by Warren and her ilk.
As Mark and Tommy have pointed out, though, Francis is from Argentina, a place where what passes for "capitalism" is much closer to actual corporatism than the Friedmanite ideal. It's sort of like how "secularism" is viewed badly in the Middle East, because to them it implies Hussein, Mubarak, Hassan, etc. When we think of capitalism we think of Bill Gates and Mitt Romney; Argentinians think of some government crony robber baron.
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That said, I concede it's unfortunate that he chose "trickle down" as his scare phrase of choice, it being a clear reference to the Reagan/Thatcher era.
I also find the phrase, "a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power" laughable given that socialism places the same "crude and naïve trust" in the goodness of those wielding political power.
He also nails his own error by admitting that socialism "presupposes growth." As our own Peter Robinson once said, part of the problem of redistribution is that it takes wealth for granted and has no answer regarding what to do when the economy stops growing.
I note that nowhere in the quote does he explicitly state that government control of the economy is the only solution. Not every acknowledgement that capitalism is flawed and must be tempered by charity is an endorsement of command-and-control socialism. I don't doubt that Francis has a more favorable opinion of government meddling than I do, but that was also true of the lauded JP2 and B16.
Mmm... Merry Axemas.
I like Trans Siberian Orchestra, but only their instrumental stuff.
My mom loves Nat King Cole, but I find it kind of dull.
The King Prawn:
Lindsay Sterling has a great version of What Child is This? · 4 hours ago
If she does a full Christmas album, that might bring my collection up to five. Not bad for a musical Scrooge. :-)
That might explain why it took two weeks to announce his departure; he was taken off air during negotiations.
Personally, though I haven't watched in a while (I don't have cable anymore,) more screentime for Andy is always welcome.
Liberal Fascism and The Bible. That's it.
I read books to escape from politics.
All alcoholics. It could be argued that they weren't entirely responsible for their alcoholism, since they were born with a genetic predisposition to it, and into a family and society in which drinking at least some alcohol is the norm.
Yes, I will admit that I have more sympathy for alcoholics than drug addicts. Taking a "first drink" is much less irresponsible on its face that a "first snort" or a "first injection."
Thanks for linking to Jonah's Burke-Bluto piece, Yeti. I think "Burkean Libertarian" might be the best descriptor of my philosophy that I've encountered so far.
Joe Escalante: Thanks John,
It's like the Hugo Chavez school of public administration. Just change the rules. Then change them back when it suits you.When they changed the rules (or bent them) to pass healthcare without one Republican vote, I knew we were doomed. To misquote my favorite country singer, Porter Wagoner, "They Haven't Learned A Thing." · 28 minutes ago
Porter is one stylish gentleman. Gotta get me a suit like that one. · November 22, 2013 at 11:49am
Porter who? I didn't notice anyone in the shadow of The Mighty Hag.
Regarding music, I think doing a topical song once in a while is not a problem. It's the ones who make a career out of it (Rage against the Machine, Bruce Springsteen, most Christian rock) that are a problem.
It also helps that you picked a topic that's not particularly controversial; child sex slavery is something all decent humans being would agree is a problem, even if we may quibble on what the proper solutions are.
My father wasn't even old enough to have twinkles yet.