The American Way is not the Kingdom of God

Just a reminder: Capitalism is about the bottom line and doesn’t give a rip about your “conservative Christian values” except insofar as it can use them to extract money from your wallet.   Remember that the next time you talk about it as God’s Holy Economic System handed down from Sinai. Its purpose is to [Read More…]

Man Begs to be Exiled from Human Race

Ex Hedge funder buys up rights to AIDS drug, raises price from $13.50 to $750 Every once in a while somebody really stands out to remind you why it took nothing less than crucifixion to redeem our species. We’re all like that guy without grace, which is why none of us can justly say, “I [Read More…]

Fr. Robert Barron on Laudato Si and the Pope’s Recent Comments on Capitalism

Customary thoughtful common sense from Fr. Barron, punctuated across the blogosphere by outraged people asking absurd questions like “Why do we have to understand the context of the pope’s remarks?” I remember when Catholics understood that texts needed to be read in the context of the Tradition?  When did so many of us morph into fundamentalists? [Read more…]

Gillis Harp Writes a Fine Piece for Crisis

…pointing out the obvious fact that capitalism, unmoored from all consideration except profit is as deadly an enemy to the Faith as Communism (perhaps more deadly since Communism kills the body while capitalism seduces the soul). He is instantly shouted down by a great crowd in the comboxes. And do not fear those who kill [Read More…]

Mother of Four Fired for Her Traditionalist Pre-Vatican II Beliefs

Pope Leo XIII wrote: Let the working man and the employer make free agreements, and in particular let them agree freely as to the wages; nevertheless, there underlies a dictate of natural justice more imperious and ancient than any bargain between man and man, namely, that wages ought not to be insufficient to support a [Read More…]

If this happened on the street, it would be considered organized crime

GM execs making millions. The taxpayers who saved their company? Losing money. . [Read more…]

Idols for Destruction

Here’s one: Capitalism is not just a Good idea; It’s God’s Idea No. It’s not. It’s just a fallible human system and, unfettered from the gospel, quickly becomes a toxic and wicked system. Here’s St. Paul on this blasphemous attempt to raise a purely human system to Holy Writ: See to it that no one [Read More…]

Why Distributism?

Robert Newman: “Our population problem isn’t too many humans on the planet, but too few owning too much of it.” or, in the words of the Prophet Chesterton: The trouble with capitalism is that it produces too few capitalists. [Read more…]

Pope Francis vs. Savage Capitalism

After an epiphany he dropped his prepared text and spoke from the heart t0 20,000 unemployed workers. I love this guy so much. [Read more…]

The Servile State and the Road to Serfdom look more prescient all the time

Medieval peasants got a lot more vacation time than you do. The author, being a typically ignorant Late Modern, manages to paint the Church’s insistence on leisure for the poor as a cynical crowd control measure rather than as an act of mercy running interference between the weak and those who exploit them, but the [Read More…]