Sunday, December 15, 2013

Pope: I Am Not a Marxist But, "I Don’t Feel Offended” Being Called One

Yeah, just don't call him a Franciscan. (See Tom Woods)

CNN reports:
 In a new interview, Pope Francis responded to critics who call his stance on capitalism "Marxist," saying that the political and economic philosophy is flat "wrong."

"Marxist ideology is wrong," the Pope told the Italian newspaper La Stampa in an interview published on Saturday. "But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.”


  1. Well Francis, maybe if you studied just a little economics and history you might be a little more offended. From what I hear Stalin was a nice guy to as long as you didn't live in his country or those his military occupied. The moron.

  2. It doesn't matter what Marxists want for humanity if they get their way, and all the devastation their ideology has caused.
    What matters is that they were nice to Pope Francis.

    The cult of personality thing is pathetic. It goes for religion as well as politics. Support ideas. Not people.

    1. Actually Existing Capitalism: Wrecking Societies for the Benefit of Big Capital and the Super-Rich

      In the age of "financialization," and particularly in the austerity-driven period following the financial crisis of 2007-08, the drive to maximize profit takes the form of absolute wage suppression and other means of exploitation, including the socialization of private losses, forcing the transfer of public assets to the private sector and creating debt peonage.

      With the onset of the "financialization" of the economy (a driving force behind globalization and the shaping of the current and on ongoing neoliberal project), economic growth, employment prospects and the standards of living deteriorate significantly throughout the advanced industrialized world. This is easily proven by comparing growth and unemployment rates under the era of "managed capitalism" (1945-73) versus rates of growth and unemployment under the neoliberal world order (1979-present).

      In the United States, for instance, as throughout the advanced capitalist world, the impact of finance on growth has been negative2 as investment in the real economy has fallen significantly, and wages have remained stagnant since the late 1970s. The outcome has been the rise of a new Gilded Age, with renewed claims about the superiority of Darwinian capitalism. At the same time, the poor and working-class populations have come to be seen throughout the advanced capitalist world as a sort of nuisance in the galaxy the rich occupy, with attacks being launched by the rich on their wages and working conditions and the media often carrying out derogatory campaigns against working-class identity.3

      From this perspective of political economy, the end of the social contract in Europe and the dismantling of public social benefits in the United States must be understood as a reflection of the shift in the balance of power between capital and labor rather than as the outcome of the logic of pure economics. The neoliberal counterrevolution initiated in the early 1980s by the likes of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan in the UK and the United States, respectively,

      constitutes a class struggle from above at the behest of finance capital and big business through

      the use of state power.

  3. Ive seen a few capitalist countries and many marxist countries. You have a pretty fair chance of being free in a capitalist country. Ive yet to see an example of anything but human misery in a marxist country. History is clear so the pope has to know that marxists promote nothing more than a nightmare. Guess he is fine with that.

  4. I'm sure the Antichrist is going to be a swell guy, too, Mr. Pope Francis.