The John Paul II/Leo XIII Free Market Catholic Social Teachings vs. The Francis/Biden Teachings of Hitler-like Crony Capitalism & Castro Socialism
Trump weathered the relentless wall-to-wall assault on him by being a rather successful president: illegal immigration and unemployment were almost eliminated, oil imports ended, and for the first time in any serious jurisdiction, the lower twenty percent of income-earners were gaining income in percentage terms more quickly than the top ten percent. – Scholar and financier Conrad Black in The Epoch Times
Both Pope Leo XIII and Pope John rejected Socialism and Crony Capitalism as journalist Harlan Kirgan explains:
Pope Leo XIII condemned socialism in his 1891 encyclical “Rerum Novarum”, (the Spirit of Revolutionary Change) as he said “Socialism is against natural justice, liberty and common sense, as it transfers the possessions of individuals to the community—this strikes against the rights of man to possess property as his own.” For further clarification, consider that God’s Ten Commandments given to Moses includes “thou shall not steal”—which presupposes man’s private property rights. One hundred thirty years later we see that Pope Leo’s predictions were right on point.
Surprisingly, democratic socialism is being promoted today in America’s universities and Democratic Party. How is it that so many of America’s intellectuals and youth have either forgotten, or were not taught, about socialism’s failures and capitalism’s successes? You don’t even need to study history; Venezuela is disintegrating today before our very eyes.
In 1991, Saint Pope John Paul II’s encyclical “Centesimus Annus” promoted “Capitalism rightly understood” as the preferred economic system as it allows man the freedom to produce the wealth necessary to improve the world and take care of the poor, just as God intended. Unfortunately, capitalism was hijacked by our political leaders and converted into crony capitalism as the allure of power and money was too powerful to resist. Over the last 20 years this has led to significant “income inequality” and poverty is now a concern for the middle class. [https://www.eunicetoday.com/columns/socialism-crony-capitalism-and-religion]
Unfortunately, the pro-Fidel Castro Francis supports that “Socialism [which] is against natural justice, liberty and common sense" as Pope Leo XIII declared.
Jose Azel, a senior scholar at the University of Miami, in the respected international relations quarterly journal World Affairs wrote a review of a book by Francis, which he wrote in 1998 while he was still the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires
The University of Miami senior scholar Azel in the article in his own translation of Francis's book quotes the Francis saying:
"[N]eoliberal capitalism is a model that subordinates human beings and conditions development to pure market forces... thus humanity attends a cruel spectacle that crystallizes the enrichment of the few at the expense of the impoverishment of the many."
Moreover, Francis's book "Dialogos entre Juan Pablo II Y Fidel Castro" presents
evidence that he is pro-Fidel Castro, anti-Capitalism and by inference
Anti-American because the United States is the driving force behind the
global free market system.
Francis wrote on page 23 that there apparently could be a "convergence" of "premises" between Communism and Catholicism:
"Fidel Castro offered a... convergence or points of connection between Catholicism and the premises (los postulados) of the [Cuban Communist] Revolution."
However, later in the his book he states there cannot be a convergence of premises between Free Market Capitalism and Catholicism:
You cannot hold the premises (los postulados) of "neoliberalismo" (Capitalism) and be considered a Christian. The failures of Marxism and Collectivism don't authorize the Capitalist system (al sistema capitalista)... we find in "neoliberalismo" (Capitalism) the opposite of the Gospel... because it empties man of the economic progressivism or economic progress (los progresos economicos)."
(Dialogos entre Juan Pablo II Y Fidel Castro, By Jorge Bergoglio, Copyright - Ciudad Argentina, Pages 48-49, Translation by Fred Martinez with the help of a Spanish to English dictionary)
Apparently, Francis also supports the Adolf Hitler-like Crony Capitalism of anti-"neoliberalism" leftist Argentinians like the Kirchners as The Wall Street Journal wrote about in 2012 in the article "A Lesson in Crony Capitalism":
Jorge Luis Borges used to say that the Argentine people suffered under "too many messiahs." Their current president, Cristina Kirchner, certainly preaches like one. At U.N. meetings she berates America...
... Mrs. Kirchner is the widow of former President Néstor Kirchner and succeeded him as president in 2007. Under the Kirchners, a global commodities boom provided tailwind for an Argentine economy geared toward food production.Amid the boom, the Kirchners denounced corrupt "neoliberalism," promising to "free the people" through revitalized government. So while Peru and Colombia deepened structural reforms, Argentina expanded bureaucracy and eschewed liberalization. This led to decreased independence for institutions like the national statistics agency, Indec, which has lied about inflation so blatantly that The Economist magazine now refuses to print its cooked numbers. Indec's falsified low inflation reports minimize indexed payments to retirees, as well as underrating poverty figures. Yet children starve in the rural provinces regardless of what the government chooses to print...
... Back in the 1960s, situationist philosopher Guy Débord coined the phrase "the society of the spectacle" to describe the farce of Soviet bureaucrats pretending to defend the proletariat while benefiting only themselves. At a time when most of Latin America is implementing promising institutional reforms, Argentina needs less televised lecturing and more action to address the crony capitalism that pervades its government. Like other false prophets, the Kirchner government has come to represent the very evil it purported to fight. Argentina deserves better. [https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/lesson-crony-capitalism]
Most people don't realize that in classic Crony Capitalist fashion German Big Corporations and German Big Pharm were the foundation of Hitler's totalitarianism becoming viable according to journalist :
It’s a largely forgotten piece of history, but in 1932 the German Nazi Party was facing financial ruin. How did the Nazis move from being broke to being in control of the German government just a year later? The Nazi Party was bailed out by German industrialists in early 1933.
The industrialists who led the way were two huge German firms, I.G. Farben and Krupp. Leaders of both of companies were among the few civilians who were later charged with war crimes at the Nuremberg Tribunals after World War II. These trials placed the story of their financial and moral support of the Nazis into the historical record. Krupp was a huge arms manufacturer. I.G. Farben was a vast chemical company which made everything from Bayer aspirin to Zyklon B, the poison used in the gas chambers.
According to The Arms of Krupp, the Nazi Party was essentially bankrupt in late 1932. Joseph Goebbels, who would later become the Minister of Propaganda, complained, “[w]e are all very discouraged, particularly in the face of the present danger that the entire party may collapse….The financial situation of the Berlin organization is hopeless. Nothing but debts and obligations.”
Regardless of the party’s financial problems, Hitler was named Chancellor in late January 1933. He called for elections in early March. With less than two weeks left before the vote, Herman Goering sent telegrams to Germany’s 25 leading industrialists, inviting them to a secret meeting in Berlin on February 20, 1933. Attending the gathering were four I.G. Farben directors and Krupp chief Gustav Krupp. Hitler addressed the group, saying “private enterprise cannot be maintained in a democracy.” He also told the men that he would eliminate trade unions and communists. Hitler asked for their financial support and to back his vision for Germany.
According to Robert Jackson, the former Supreme Court Justice and chief U.S. prosecutor at Nuremberg, “[T]he industrialists…became so enthusiastic that they set about to raise three million Reichsmarks [worth about $30 million today] to strengthen and confirm the Nazi Party in power.”
Krupp acted in concert with other businessmen, including the directors of I.G. Farben, then Europe’s largest corporation. I.G. Farben’s full name was Interessen Gemeinschaft Farbenindustrie Aktiengesellschaft which translates to “Community of Interest of the Dyestuffs Industry, Incorporated” or as one of the Nuremburg prosecutors, Josiah DuBois Jr. in his book, The Devil's Chemists, put it, the name was “like the cross between a service club and Easter eggs.” But what I.G. Farben did with the Nazis was no laughing matter, including using slave labor at a specially-constructed plant at Auschwitz called Monowitz. [https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/how-big-business-bailed-out-nazis]
Speaking of slave labor Crony Capitalism, we should not forget that both Francis and Biden are apparently tied to the slave labor Crony Capitalism of the Chinese model of economic/political dictatorship which the Chinese-American run Epoch Times calls the "Facist-Communist corporate model." [https://www.theepochtimes.com/on-the-21st-anniversary-of-the-persecution-of-falun-gong-by-the-chinese-communist-party_3439161.html]
The "Facist-Communist corporate model" is "Crony Capitalism."
In a piece titled "Kamala Harris: Queen of the Crony Capitalists," The American Conservative revealed:
By 2012, Harris was already a rising Democratic star and a potential gubernatorial candidate. When she announced that California would receive by far the largest share of the $26 billion during the initial announcement of the National Mortgage Settlement, it signaled her arrival to national politics...
Michael Hiltzik, a business columnist for the Los Angeles Times, called... the duplicity displayed by Harris and the other state AGs during the settlement negotiations was monumental. The AGs made common cause with big Wall Street firms that were selling the shares of the banks short in the pubic equity markets before each salacious headline appeared in the New York Times...
... Kamala Harris and President Obama refused to prosecute the guilty, but they were happy to use their legal powers to tax the shareholders of the big banks. The pension funds of public employee unions and teachers’ unions paid for Kamala Harris’ political career. There is nothing pro-consumer or even mildly progressive about Kamala Harris. She is the pinup girl of the corrupt corporate crony capitalist state. [https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/kamala-harris-queen-of-the-crony-capitalists/]
Free Market Economist
What is wrong with Western civilization is the accepted habit of judging political parties merely by asking whether they seem new and radical enough, not by analyzing whether they are wise or unwise, or whether they are apt to achieve their aims. Not everything that exists today is reasonable; but this does not mean that everything that does not exist is sensible.
The usual terminology of political language is stupid. What is “left” and what is “right”? Why should Hitler be “right” and Stalin, his temporary friend, be “left”? Who is “reactionary” and who is “progressive”? Reaction against an unwise policy is not to be condemned. And progress towards chaos is not to be commended. Nothing should find acceptance just because it is new, radical, and fashionable. “Orthodoxy” is not an evil if the doctrine on which the “orthodox” stand is sound. Who is anti-labor, those who want to lower labor to the Russian level, or those who want for labor the capitalistic standard of the United States? Who is “nationalist,” those who want to bring their nation under the heel of the Nazis, or those who want to preserve its independence [like in the United States]? [https://mises.org/library/progressive-attacks-capitalism-were-key-hitlers-success]
Pope Leo XIII made an even better point as explained by Professor Anthony Esolen on the Socialism as well as Crony Capitalism of Francis and Biden as it opposes the Catholic Social Teachings:
Now one cannot cure sin by sin. Our Lord tells us: one cannot cast out devils in the name of Beelzebub. But this, Leo sees, is what some revolutionaries pretend to do: “To remedy these wrongs the Socialists, working on the poor man’s envy of the rich, are striving to do away with private property, and contend that individual possessions should become the common property of all, to be administered by the State or by municipal bodies” (emphasis mine). Leo does not condemn Socialism for its practical failure, although he notes—did he board a time-machine to visit Russia and Cuba and what used to be Great Britain?—that “the workingman himself would be among the first to suffer.” We must see the relationship aright. Socialism is not evil because it fails. It fails, because it is evil. Nor is it justified because unchecked rapacity is evil—the antisocial money-squeezing [ of Crony Capitalism] which Dickens, alike suspicious of socialists, condemned. One does not hire Belial to fight Beelzebub.At this point, one might expect Leo to launch into economic analysis, and provide a “solution” to the trouble. But we must clear away the childishly bad thinking to which we have grown accustomed—our fetish for numbers. Man is a moral being to the core. Man is oriented by his nature toward God, with every breath he takes. We seek not money. We seek joy. [https://www.crisismagazine.com/2013/leo-xiii-knew-socialism-would-fail-because-it-was-evil]