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Pope Francis, Thomas Jefferson, and Capitalism

The Pope is singling out a behavior that values anything beyond the spiritual love that we are all to have for one another. He is addressing the concern about poverty, the concern about wealth, the concern about selfishness and greed.

He is not saying that one form of government is better than another. He is not talking about any form of economic structure at all. He is merely singling out how you use the gifts Christ has given you, regardless of the system. For Catholics, putting anything ahead of our spiritual faith is the concern to the Pope. The Pope's entire focus relates to our spiritual journey to eternal salvation and that the things of this world matter not.

The Pope is not running for president. He is the leader of the Catholic Church and is doing precisely for his followers what he should be commanding us to do...

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The Communist Mandela

Nelson Mandela was a Communist. Although most people think that is not important, it is the very essence of who he was.  He never denounced Communism.  He never apologized for embracing Communism.  He never exposed the soul-destroying nature of Communism.  In this Mandela was like Mugabe, the horrific Marxist leader of Zimbabwe, though he was not grossly evil like Mugabe.  Was Mandela a Communist because he needed Communism to end the Afrikaner white rule of South Africa?  No:  Communism was not needed to fight the very real racist legacy of European colonialism...

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The Left is trying to rehabilitate Karl Marx. Let’s remind them of the millions who died in his name

I can't quite believe that I've just sat through ten minutes of BBC television in which British journalists Owen Jones and Zoe Williams have defended Karl Marx as the prophet of the End of Capitalism. Unbelievable because I had thought Marxism was over with the fall of the Berlin Wall – when we discovered that socialism was one part bloodshed, one part farce. But unbelievable also because you'd have to be a pretty lacking in moral sensitivity to defend a thinker whose work sent millions of people to an early grave...

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Why Does Capitalism Still Need Defending?

Abraham Lincoln was not an economist but would have been quite at home with the free-market school: "There is not, of necessity, any such thing as the free hired laborer being fixed to that condition for life. ...The prudent, penniless beginner in the world labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land for himself; then labors on his own account for another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him. This is ... the just, and generous, and prosperous system, which opens the way for all -- gives hope to all, and ... improvement of condition to all. If any continue through life in the condition of the hired laborer, it is not the fault of the system, but because of either a dependent nature which prefers it, or improvidence, folly, or singular misfortune."...

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