Voices from Russia

Monday, 22 November 2010

Bernie Sanders and His Holiness… What Strange Bedfellows! They Both Agree that Free Market Capitalism is a Massive Fraud

Filed under: moral issues,politics,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

Trillions to bailout the banks… trillions for colonial wars… trillions in tax cuts for the richest one percent… but there’s no money for healthcare, unemployment compensation, or social security… what’s wrong with this picture?

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Yes, I am my brother’s keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality, but by the higher duty I owe to myself. What would you think of me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death?

Eugene Debs

The modern economy is built largely on fraud; it creates money out of thin air. [Money is] a token of human labour and of our God-given resources, such as coal, ore, and oil, along with our intelligence, physical labour, culture, and spirituality. [However,] every company produces its own money in the form of shares, which is passed onto the secondary market, becoming not just simple securities; they are traded and used as items of speculation. If these mere phantasms earn billions, not even backed by labour or real capital, then, how can such an economy exist? Who is going to pay for all of this? Why, the simple worker [is going to], who produces the value behind all of this bubble. [We need] a fair economic system where money and capital are equivalent and are the expression of real work.

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias

It is necessary to work with greater commitment at all levels so that the right to health is rendered effective, favouring access to primary health care. Health justice should be among the priorities of governments and international institutions. The social doctrine of the Church has always evidenced the importance of distributive justice and of social justice in the different sectors of human relations.

Benedict XVI Ratzinger, Pope of Rome

Plutocracy is abhorrent to a republic; it is more despotic than monarchy, more heartless than aristocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It preys upon the nation in time of peace and conspires against it in the hour of its calamity. Conscienceless, compassionless, and devoid of wisdom, it enervates its votaries while it impoverishes its victims. It is already sapping the strength of the nation, vulgarising social life and making a mockery of morals. The time is ripe for the overthrow of this giant wrong. In the name of the counting-rooms which it has denied; in the name of business honour which it has polluted; in the name of the home which it has despoiled; in the name of religion which it has disgraced; in the name of the people whom it has opprest, let us make our appeal to the awakened conscience of the nation.

William Jennings Bryan

Read this:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20101119/cm_huffpost/786192;_ylt=Ajh7INTq8I6WUii61O0clkP9wxIF;_ylu=X3oDMTJoMXBhNjQwBGFzc2V0A2h1ZmZwb3N0LzIwMTAxMTE5Lzc4NjE5MgRwb3MDMwRzZWMDeW5fYXJ0aWNsZV9zdW1tYXJ5X2xpc3QEc2xrA3RoZWJpbGxpb25haQ–

I shan’t belabour the point. Compare what Mr Sanders says to the quotes at the top of the post. They are in utter agreement. Ergo, I must say to all Orthodox Christians who supported (and support) the Tea Party… you stand in opposition to the teachings of the leading hierarch in Christ’s Holy Church. There is no “kind” or “gentle” way of saying this… the Tea Party stands for principles that are 180 degrees removed form His Holiness’ conceptions of justice and morality… full stop. The Tea Party is worse than any “Red”… it flies the Black Flag of Godless Consumerist Nihilism; do not be fooled by its smarmy religiosity.

I should add that Benedict Ratzinger, the Pope of Rome, Patriarch Bartholomew Archontonis of Constantinople, and most other responsible church leaders back His Holiness’ views on the free market unreservedly… the Tea Party is only backed by American Sectarians and neo-con “political” Catholics such as George Weigel (there are rightwing Catholics in the cyberworld as dysfunctional as the Orthodox konvertsy are, at least as far as politics is concerned).

A certain clerical gentleman should take down his link to Rush Limbaugh… Mr Limbaugh is a propagandist for an ideology condemned by Christ’s Holy Church… and by most Christian voices outside the USA (and many within it). Like it or not, the Church agrees with Mr Sanders on this… and we should act accordingly.

We are called to emulate the Good Samaritan (which was the Gospel reading last week)… we are called to protect the weak and speak for the voiceless. We are not called to imitate the scribes and Pharisees… I think you know what Our Lord Christ called them. They were the Tea Party, GOP, and Club for Growth of that time… they haven’t changed… Caiphas or Kenneth Lay, what’s the difference between them? Both were full of pious claptrap, were they not?

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 22 November 2010

Albany NY

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