Al Gore Christens New Term for Pushing the Poor Around While Pretending He is Socially Responsible

Al Gore Christens New Term for Pushing the Poor Around While Pretending He is Socially Responsible January 28, 2014

Fertility Management” = “Just enough of me, way too many of you.”

Oh, and doncha know, it’s super duper necessary because the god Global Warming demands that the poor be sacrificed to her. She never demands that massive over-consumers like Gore go live in a tarpaper shack in Montana or sell off his massive assets. It’s always the weakest that the strong ones yoke with yet another heavy burden.

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  • Dan F.

    This might be a thread-jack so feel free to tell me and ignore it but one thing that I’ve always wondered when the suggestion (or in some cases Divine instruction) is “sell what you have and give it away” (always a good suggestion if/when things/money become idols) – sell it to whom? If the [insert wealthy group; i.e. the rich, the vatican, the corporations, etc.] should all sell what they have and give it to charity/the poor/society/etc. who exactly will be purchasing those assets?

    I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the right-ordering of goods and money (i.e. toward the good of persons) and how that right ordering ought to interact with the coercive power of the state, particularly in a pluralistic society which increasingly is hostile to traditional belief structures (and Catholicism in particular).

    • TheRealAaron

      I think the answer lies in the fact that “sell everything” is not a universal command. Jesus directed it toward this particular man (and many of us), but not every Christian. At least since the time of St. Francis, the Church has said the the call to poverty is not universal (when the popes of the time condemned the Fraticelli groups). So those called to poverty would still able to sell to those who aren’t.

      But, what seems to be universal in this Gospel story is the detachment from possessions. You may not be called to sell everything, but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t be called to give up some comforts (time, money, possessions) in order to help others.

      As for how to put that principle into practice in government… I don’t have much to add there.

      • ivan_the_mad

        I think you’ve got that right. I add in support this excerpt from Rerum Novarum, §22:

        But if the question be asked: How must one’s possessions be used? – the Church replies without hesitation in the words of the same holy Doctor: “Man should not consider his material possessions as his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need. Whence the Apostle with, ‘Command the rich of this world… to offer with no stint, to apportion largely.’” True, no one is commanded to distribute to others that which is required for his own needs and those of his household; nor even to give away what is reasonably required to keep up becomingly his condition in life, “for no one ought to live other than becomingly.” But, when what necessity demands has been supplied, and one’s standing fairly taken thought for, it becomes a duty to give to the indigent out of what remains over. “Of that which remaineth, give alms.”

        • My son is waiting for his first production good, a 3D printer for his business. At what point is it improper to buy a further printer in response to more orders from customers? Does it matter if his money goes to his own production or an investment in someone else’s business so they can produce something?

          In the US, the vast majority of millionaires live pretty humbly with most of their money invested in production of some form or another. There was a book series about this. The first was titled The Millionaire Next Door and extensively covered the mismatch between what people thought the rich were like and what they actually were.

          • sez

            First, we’d need to define “rich”.

            50 years ago, a million sounded like a lot. But, to a business owner, as you describe, it doesn’t necessarily go that far today.

            Wherever you draw the line between “rich” and “middle class”, there are some (Al Gore) who are clearly rich. To have them dictate to the rest of us what we ought to do with our money is galling.

            • We’re not in disagreement, just addressing two different issues. As for Mr. Gore, he’s not telling me what to do with my money here. He’s telling me what to do with my chakras.

  • Art

    These people are always disgusting.

    The ridiculousness and evil is compounded by the willingness to put consumption before people.

  • Elmwood

    The liberals never want to live a more essential, less wasteful, lifestyle. They only want poor people to stop reproducing.

  • kmk

    Shouldn’t it read, “Endorse?”

    We, through our friendly neighborhood USAID teams and other agencies, have been doing this already for decades:

    • kmk

      (sorry, I meant in the title of the linked article: “Endorses” rather than “Suggests.” What, so he doesn’t know it’s already happening? Did we not send enough abortion kits and condoms along with food and supplies to the Balkans in the ’90’s?)

      We need to pray for these poor misguided souls, trapped in the elite culture.