How can he be against something we don’t have? Free market capitalism does not exist in the world today. If the pope is against what we have in the world today, then he is against the corporate fascist state controlled by ultra rich banking and corporate interests. I read his words and I don’t see a socialist message. I see a message of giving the average person a chance to succeed instead of being trapped in a web of lifetime debt. When I see the reaction of bloviating idiots like Limbaugh, I think the pope must be hitting the right notes.


Pope is an anticapitalism socialist — thank God

Commentary: Conservatives right to worry about ‘radical’ Pope Francis

By Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Thank God, Pope Francis really is an anticapitalist, socialist and revolutionary. Read his lips. He smiles. He drives a Ford Focus. The Vatican police report that he sneaks out at night wearing black, meets strangers, society’s rejects, the “homeless, addicted, refugees, indigenous, the elderly, migrants,” the unemployed.



Pope Francis waves as he conducts his weekly general audience at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican last month.

Yes, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and Paul Ryan are right: Conservatives should be very worried about the pope’s radical message. Read his “Apostolic Exhortation,” his mandate to change the world. Read the original. We did — all 66 pages. Read and discover for yourself 10 things about this pope you don’t know. Even before the pope’s manifesto was posted, a New York Times headline read “Conservative U.S. Catholics feel left out of pope’s embrace.” Now they must want him impeached.

But read his words. See for yourself what the 76-year-old pontiff is actually thinking, his core principles, convictions, mission, mandate. His words are clear and unequivocal. See why Francis is the most radical pope in centuries. He knows a revolution is coming. And know he’s the leader — in fact on Wednesday he was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.”

Read his words. I read them with the cold eyes of my earlier days practicing law, reviewing SEC documents at Morgan Stanley, as a hard-nosed Marine sergeant serving Mass for Catholic chaplains. Yes, conservative commentators are right.

Conservatives everywhere — from the GOP, Wall Street bankers, Big Ag and every climate denier, to union-busing politicians, Big Oil billionaires and traditional growth economists — every conservative should be concerned about this gentle pontiff’s deceptively disarming charm, his happy smile. He says he has no “political ideology.” He’s that good a diplomat. Yet his own words clearly brand him an anticapitalist, a socialist and a leader with a revolutionary mission. Thank God, because the world needs him.

The pope has a divine mandate to radically alter American politics

The pope’s words clearly reveal a man who’s been on top of financial, economic and political trends for a long time, worldwide and in America. This pope promises to radically transform an American political landscape that for many years has been dominated by the conservative capitalist ideology of Milton Friedman, Ronald Reagan, Alan Greenspan and Ayn Rand. Yes, Pope Francis is challenging generations of right-wing conservative ideology.

So conservatives like Limbaugh, O’Reilly and Ryan should fear this pope, not just because of his radical message, but because he can deliver on it. He demands action and is commander-in-chief of the world’s largest, most dedicated army: 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, including 78 million Americans in 17,645 parishes, inspired by a mission to change the world’s political economy and backed by an “officer corps” of 200 cardinals, over 5,000 bishops, 450,000 priests and deacons all dedicated to carry out his mission.

But far more dangerous for American conservatives, this new pope’s message will be regularly delivered by those clerics to America’s power elite: Six of the nine members on the Supreme Court are Catholics, including the chief justice. Three Catholics are in the direct constitutional line of succession if the president dies. Twenty-four of our 100 Senators are Catholic. So are 163 of the 435 members of the House. Add in their Catholic spouses, children, parents and friends, and this new pope is himself a global superpower. His radical, revolutionary “exhortations” will be influencing billions of all faiths worldwide, demanding not pious rhetoric but action to solve world problems.

Here are his 10 most radical beliefs, unedited, quoted, in Pope Francis’s own words from his “Apostolic Exhortation” manifesto. Decide for yourself: Is he the radical anticapitalist, socialist, revolutionary leader that conservatives will fear for many years?

1. Economic inequality is the root cause of all the world’s problems

The pope: “Inequality is the root of social ills … as long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems. … The majority of our contemporaries are barely living from day to day, with dire consequences. A number of diseases are spreading. The hearts of many people are gripped by fear and desperation, even in the so-called rich countries. The joy of living frequently fades, lack of respect for others and violence are on the rise, and inequality is increasingly evident. It is a struggle to live and, often, to live with precious little dignity. … The current model, with its emphasis on success and self-reliance, does not appear to favor an investment in efforts to help the slow, the weak or the less talented to find opportunities in life.”

2. ‘New tyranny’ of capitalism concentrates wealth, increases inequality

The pope: “While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control. A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules. Debt and the accumulation of interest also make it difficult for countries to realize the potential of their own economies and keep citizens from enjoying their real purchasing power. To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion, which have taken on worldwide dimensions. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule.”

3. Capitalism’s ‘worship of money’ is the new ‘golden calf’ idolatry

The pope: “Money must serve, not rule. … One cause of this situation is found in our relationship with money, since we calmly accept its dominion over ourselves and our societies. The current financial crisis can make us overlook the fact that it originated in a profound human crisis: the denial of the primacy of the human person! We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose. If we really want to achieve a healthy world economy, what is needed at this juncture of history is a more efficient way of interacting which, with due regard for the 
sovereignty of each nation, ensures the economic well-being of all countries, not just of a few.”

4. ‘Invisible hand’ of capitalism can’t be trusted, increases inequality

The pope: “We can no longer trust in the unseen forces and the ‘invisible hand’ of the market. Growth in justice requires more than economic growth, while presupposing such growth: it requires decisions, programs, mechanisms and processes specifically geared to a better distribution of income, the creation of sources of employment and an integral promotion of the poor which goes beyond a simple welfare mentality. … The economy can no longer turn to remedies that are a new poison, such as attempting to increase profits by reducing the workforce and thereby adding to the ranks of the excluded. … I encourage financial experts and political leaders to ponder the words of one of the sages of antiquity: Not to share one’s wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood. It is not our own goods which we hold, but theirs.”

5. Capitalism’s ‘trickle-down’ economics is a failed ideology

The pope: “Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. … The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase. In the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.”

6. Capitalism promotes excessive consumption, undermining society

The pope: “Today’s economic mechanisms promote inordinate consumption, yet it is evident that unbridled consumerism combined with inequality proves doubly damaging to the social fabric. Inequality eventually engenders a violence. Inequality eventually engenders a violence which recourse to arms cannot and never will be able to resolve. It serves only to offer false hopes to those clamoring for heightened security, create new and more serious conflicts. Some simply content themselves with blaming the poor and the poorer countries themselves for their troubles; indulging in unwarranted generalizations, they claim that the solution is an ‘education’ that would tranquilize them, making them tame and harmless. All this becomes even more exasperating for the marginalized in the light of the widespread and deeply rooted corruption found in many countries, in their governments, businesses and institutions, whatever the political ideology of their leaders.”

7. Capitalist economics excludes the masses, killing public solutions

The pope: “Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape. … Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion.”

8. Capitalism sees humans as ‘consumer goods’ to be exploited

The pope: “Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a ‘throw away’ culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s underside or its fringes or its disenfranchised, they are no longer even a part of it. The excluded are not the exploited but the outcast, the leftovers.”

9. Capitalism’s individualists reject ethics, increasing inequality

The pope: “Behind this attitude lurks a rejection of ethics and a rejection of God. Ethics has come to be viewed with a certain scornful derision. It is seen as counterproductive, too human, because it makes money and power relative. It is felt to be a threat, since it condemns the manipulation and debasement of the person. In effect, ethics leads to a God who calls for a committed response which is outside the categories of the marketplace. When these latter are absolutized, God can only be seen as uncontrollable, unmanageable, even dangerous, since he calls human beings to their full realization and to freedom from all forms of enslavement. Ethics — a non-ideological ethics — would make it possible to bring about balance and a more humane social order.”

10. Conservative individualism is undermining the common good.

The pope: “In a culture where each person wants to be bearer of his or her own subjective truth, it becomes difficult for citizens to devise a common plan which transcends individual gain and personal ambitions. … I am interested only in helping those who are in thrall to an individualistic, indifferent and self-centered mentality to be freed from those unworthy chains and to attain a way of living and thinking which is more humane, noble and fruitful, and which will bring dignity to their presence on this earth.”


  1. I think the “Invisible Hand ” has become a “clenched fist” controlled by few for only their benefit. The Pope calls out the problems with the “system”, but what will we as individuals do about it? First, grow a pair, then read the “serf” article in today’s line up if you have no clue. That’s just for starters . John

  2. The pope appears to be able to identify the problems correctly, but it seems like the author is blaming freedom and conservatism for the problem, rather than a) an nationless, unaccountable financial elite who he describes as “conservative” but isn’t, b) big-government cronyism that explicitly backstops and subsidizes their global monetary rape, and c) a parasitic underclass that could be productive but chooses not to be because of a lavish welfare state.

  3. I posted this on another thread but it is a powerful interview that deserves attention:

    Peter Schiff basically deconstructs the illusion of wealth in America and what is to come … he says either the FED will be forced to stop QE and asset prices will deflate, returning to normal levels .. or the FED will print QE until the dollar collapses (which he says will be worse).

    he covers the Occupy movement, the fallacy of government intervention, the idea that a democracy eventually creates many dictators in a corrupt society, the idea that a recession in a debt-based society is what is needed to return to normalcy, ect. ect. ect ..

    he’s a fucking genius and anyone who tries to debunk his assertions are blinded by the mirage of our economy .. the idea we can consume much more then we produce and maintain.

    the way he explains shit is so simple even for the average moron to understand (like me).

    it is a must watch if u have even 30 minutes to go over the first half of the video.

  4. Paul Farrell is a total kook, he has no freiking clue wtf he is talking about and he is a closet socialist. I used to read and believe the crap he spews, but it is all based upon his distorted unrealistic worldview.

    As far as the pope’s word, I could only get to point two before I had to stop reading in disgust.

    from point 2: This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control. A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules.

    This is so wrong on so many levels. There is no absolute autonomy of the marketplace. The so called “marketplace” has been coopted on so many levels, we all know this, it’s called crony capitalism. There is no free marketplace and has not been in decades. The pope is believing the mainstream lies that the disparity in wealth is all the fault of capitalism just like Farrell. Neither one mentions the Federal Reserves role in this therefore I find their criticisms invalid.

    They reject the rights of state, charged with vigilance for the common good. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? FUCK YOU AND EVERYTHING ELSE YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ANYTHING, I AM NO LONGER LISTENING. Anyone who has seriously studied history could not take this statement seriously. Throughout history the State has been the one to create laws that stop mankind from realizing their true potential. Read Rothbard’s Conceived in Liberty to find out how the State has never done anything for the common good. This is a fucking fairytale.

    A new tyranny is born. So again, the Tea Party, the people who are actually concerned about the amount of spending are being labeled as the tyrants. Meanwhile, the true tyrants are increasing their spying on everything we do, creating a police state and policing the world while bankrupting our country.

    FUCKING A – Can’t we get one freiking world leader who is willing to step back and THINK about how things really work?

    Can’t we get ONE world leader who has read some Rothbard or perhaps Von Mises and understand the economic implications of their so called policies?

    Can’t we get one world leader who understands their policies will create unintended consequences that will leave us worse off than when we started?

    How bout ONE world leader that understands that if we give people freedom to make their own choices then they will be motivated to follow their dreams and perhaps make the world a better place?

    How bout one leader that understands how the human psyche works? We as humans don’t want to do anything unless somehow it benefits us, it’s called Human Action, ignore it at your own peril.

    This pope is NOT the leader of any revolution that I want to be a part of.

    Fuck him and fuck the catholic church, go fucking sit, stand kneel all you want and pretend to worship, you have no fucking clue what the real problems are in this world.

    Sounds like a clueless whiny old socialist to me.

  5. This pope is just another elitist pretending to care as far as I’m concerned. It’s so frustrating that NOT ONE of our leaders besides Ron Paul understands that all we want as humans and as individuals is to be free to make our own choices. As long as we follow a non-aggression policy then what’s the problem.

    God said to give 10% of your wealth to the poor and to give more when you can. In order to have money to give than individuals have to pursue their own self interests. Call it selfish if you want, but who gives a fuck what you think? We are all selfish. Why? Because we are human, we are not fucking ants or bees.

    If you want to solve the problems of humanity, fine, I applaud you, but please don’t just disregard human nature in your plans.

    You have to identify and understand human nature and then build a system that works best with human nature. Oh, what’s that you say, we already did that and it’s called capitalism? Yeah NO SHIT!!!

    What evidence do I have to support this claim, well how bout the fact that the freeest form of govt ever established was also the most successful? Does that count for anything?

    His papal theory listed above is not based on reality, he is reconstructing the human psyche to fit his model of how the world should work when he should be trying to create a model of how the world should work based upon our existing human psyche.

    Just like everything else in this world it’s all backwards. Fucking bizarro world.

  6. Ethics — a non-ideological ethics — would make it possible to bring about balance and a more humane social order.”

    My god I just can’t stop deconstucting this.

    Ok, so think about this, what even brought about ethics in the first place, it wasn’t religion.

    In a society say like the Irish had before the English tried to wipe them from the face of the Earth, it would be consider a very libertarian society. People had to defend themselves against aggression, there was no 911 to call, their was no king, no central authority. If you were a trader or businessman when you gave your word people had to be able to rely on your word. If you said you would provide a good for a certain price and the good or service was what they desired then if you provided a good or service that did not meet the criteria you stated, then guess what? Word got around that you were not to be trusted and then BAM no one else wants to trade or buy from you.

    If you indiscrimately killed someone or raped someone, there was no police to respond, their were relatives, uncles and cousins who would seek revenge. Therefore, you thought very carefully before you decided to take these immoral actions. So in my opinion, ethics derived naturally from free societies as a natural response to mankind’s actions with one another.

    I’m sure it was very similar in native America before the English again wiped out another race/culture.

    And there are many many ethical businessmen/capitalists in today’s society, I would argue that the majority of businessmen/capitalists are ethical. Why would I say that? Because if they weren’t they wouldn’t be in business long. Unless of course they were connected to the govt in some way and they knew that they could get away with their unethical actions because they were backed by the implied force of the State. IE John Corzine, Jamie Dimon, etc.

    I will say that the Pope is close in his analysis, however, he needs to turn his criticisms away from his definition of capitalism(which is wrong) and towards the violent institution of the State. If he did that then I would reconsider my opinion of the man.

    Sometimes I wish I had never gained a real understanding of the way things work, life was so much simpler when stuff like this didn’t enrage me and I had a level 78 character on World of Warcraft named Xeolzim who casts badass draining spells as a Warlock. Maybe I should just reopen my account and ignore the inevitable destruction, would be so much easier.

  7. Oh and Paul Farrell, the reason he makes me so mad is because when I started down this road to enlightenment I used to read all of his essays and he reinforced my belief that the world was heading towards a population crisis. In other words, I believed his lies. I don’t like liars and I understand he believes his own propaganda, he is very well read, however, he is reading things that reinforce his existing worldview.

    His worldview really trivializes mankinds ability to work past problems. He constantly states that by the year 2050 the world’s population will exceed the Earth’s ability to sustain mankind. Again, I used to believe this hype wholeheartedly and some of my earlier lyrics reflected that belief, like my song, Pretend Prophet. Once I realized I had been deceived and gained a true understand of how it’s the central banks and central authorities that are destroying humanity then I came to to be offended by anyone who espoused that worldview.

    I have faith in humanity. I have faith in our ability to solve problems, that’s what we do. I have faith that our species is this world’s best hope to expand and reach out into the stars. I truly believe we could get past this current crisis that is about to erupt if the central planners would just get out of the way. When you think about the probabilities of not only their being life on this planet but us as humans that exist in this present day and age which is truly amazing when you think about it having the luck to be here right now at this present time, then I know we are not doomed to mediocrity and the dustbin of failed species. Is it possible, sure? There are many extinct species on this planet.

    Why do I believe that we as humans can overcome this possibility of extinction and expand outward into the galaxy?

    Because we have already made it this far. There is a purpose not just for each of us as individuals but for the human race as a whole.

    Last thought on this subject. My interpretation of the bible is that God gave us all individual souls and abilities so that we could find our purpose on this globe. He applauds individuality, after all, He/She is the one who created us right? If He/She didn’t want us to have individual personalities then He/She would have created us to naturally want to exist as a collective. Do you think any ants and or bees question their individuality, or is their DNA organized so that they not only want to be a part of a collective they couldn’t conceive living life alone?

  8. If true, I’m sure old Stanley would just want to help the Fed to keep bringing prosperity to the country and world, one loan at a time. I keep seeing all these bankers with Jooish names, I’m gonna have to make me a tin foil hat…

  9. Say JJ3, take over a thread much? And you’re way off base in your opinion of Farrell, if he’s a liar then you wouldn’t know truth if it smacked you in the nose!


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