Vic Biorseth, Sunday, August 09, 2009
Reading the Pope on globalism recently sent me, and some of you, into a serious quandary. Several of you have contacted me, and all who did insisted that their questions and remarks not be published here, and yet asked for personal private responses from me. Again, the whole reason I shut down the private CONTACT ME option on this website was because I could not (and will not) keep track of multiple individual dialogues on the same issue, and keep saying the same things over and over again to different people. So, here’s my public response to the issue involving the Pope on globalism.
When the Pope speaks in worldly issues – be they fly-fishing, astronomy, hiking, economics, mathematics, or whatever – he speaks as an equal among equals, in so much as any of us lesser mortals could be equal to such a towering intellect. While he may be brighter than most of us, we are free to discuss and argue any worldly points under discussion, and his offered position or argument is automatically granted no more authority than our own.
Of course, when the Pope speaks on faith and morals, and even more particularly when he speaks as teacher or as confirmer of some Revealed Truth, then we Catholics are called to stand in silence and listen carefully, with our very souls, for then he does not speak alone. He is guided by the Holy Ghost, and he speaks as Peter, the holder of the Keys, with the power to bind and to loose, as affirmed by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
First, before the recent G8 summit, Pope Benedict said, in his words, that “There is urgent need of a true world political authority … ” to manage the global economy, aid economies in crisis, and so forth. This worldly global authority would act to bring about global disarmament, food security, environmental protection, migration regulation, and peace. So it’s not just the current world financial crisis that needs a new global authority established over it.
The Pope on globalism further indicated that “such an authority would need to be universally recognized and to be vested with the effective power to ensure security for all, regard for justice, and respect for rights.”
Good Lord. Except for his known Catholicity and high morals, we Americans might mistake his position for that of an Obama voter.
His Holiness says, in caritas in veritate, that the Church does not have technical solutions to offer, and does not claim to interfere in any way with the politics of states. She does, however, have a mission of Truth to accomplish, lest states fall into a strictly empiricist and skeptical view of life, and lose all touch with the Holy, and with the guiding moral norms that come from faith.
However, he then calls for a serious reform of the United Nations to make it worthy of world governance, as the best candidate in view for that global task.
I’m sorry, but I take strong issue with every part of the Pope on globalism. First of all, it’s impossible. At least it is impossible as His Holiness envisions it. There is likely no foreign entity on earth that is more corrupt, corrupting and corruption-prone than the United Nations. It’s members represent no one, and are accountable to no one. No one voted for any of them. They are part of an ever growing organization whose sole purpose is to grow and increase its own power and authority. It is loaded down with graft, payoffs, kick-backs, political intrigues, hidden alliances, treachery and deceit. That is the nature of worldly bureaucracy, and the UN is one, big, giant, worldly bureaucracy.
It’s a good thing the UN is toothless and ineffective; if it had real teeth it might become another world menace. Even as a so-called Peace keeper it is so ineffective as to be laughable. The UN periodically, usually too late, sends troops in somewhere to stand around and look important, until a shot is fired, and then they cut and run. Mission accomplished. Drinks all around.
The reason personages such as Gorbachev and Gore gravitate toward the UN is that it provides the next best hope for International Communism, the secret aim of all future tyrants, and the silly hope of all unrealistic utopian idealists. The UN is as flat out immoral as any Marxist ever was.
There is no organization or personage either worthy or capable of running a global government. The world is still ruled by Satan. Perfection is not of this world, but the next; here, the war with evil commences, and social perfection is just not in the worldly cards. Some of us are always going to be evil.
So long as there is such a thing as a criminal element, smugglers, robbers and their ilk, no people or society is ever going to be totally disarmed. Criminals will always find ways to arm themselves. So long as there is such a thing as tyranny and un-freedom anywhere on earth, we are never going to see any such thing as global disarmament among nations. No tyrant is going to disarm himself, and no seeker of global power is going to relinquish any power at all, particularly the power to destroy. Tyrants will only pretend to disarm.
I submit that the United States of America is probably the most religious and the most moral among all highly developed countries and recognized powerful nations. And yet, all you have to do is look at the American Democrat Party’s various platforms to see examples of gross evil and blatant immorality. America – possibly the most moral nation among nations – is not trustworthy enough for world governance.
No one is. No entity is. The Pope on globalism is wrong because it addresses a problem that in fact does not exist. Global governance would make life on earth much, much worse than any human crisis ever imagined by anyone. Look at the 2008 Financial Crisis article to see the root cause of our current world economic and financial pickle. It was government caused, and it was government magnified, and a direct result of government interference with a free market economy.
Government is not the answer. Government is the problem. The globe needs less government, not more.
In the interest of refreshing ourselves with Economics 101 I thought it might be appropriate to reprint an old essay here, which beautifully illustrates Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand of Capitalism. Personal, local, international and global economics never work better than when governments and people with authority keep their hands off. Without further ado, here is the essay:
As you can see, when no one seeks to interfere with the process, people who don’t know each other, have never seen each other, who might otherwise even be mortal enemies, who are of divergent faiths and beliefs, cooperate, invisibly, to not only drive the world economic engine, but to individually prosper.
Economics never works so well as when it is left alone. Common people never prosper so much as when government allows them the freedom to do so.
The mission of furthering faith and morality works best when it is driven from the common man up, rather than from the government down. High morality and representative government go together. If the common people gain in faith, and they have truly representative government, everything else will take care of itself.
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Date: Wed Aug 12 07:12:52 2009
You didn’t even address my main observation concerning sustainability. Unbridled Capitalism is not the path to any sort of sustainable society, let alone growth. It can only result in a few obscenely rich people and a whole lot of poor people. Where’s the fairness in than?
Date: Thu Aug 13 05:48:07 2009
From: Vic Biorseth
Where does it say that life has to be fair, and by whose definition of fair are we to make everything fair? Some dictator? By fair, do you mean equality of stuff? Regardless of input or contribution, everyone is to share alike in the fair apportionment of stuff?
Show me the principle or decent argument that shows that free society is not sustainable, and the economic growth is not sustainable. I do not believe it.
The potential for wealth production is unlimited. The length of time that a free society can be wealthy and increase its wealth is unlimited. All that is required is grass-roots morality, freedom, the rule of law and a free and unhindered market.
Our Lord told us that we will always have the poor with us (Matt 26:11; Mark 14:7; John 12:8). Note well that the Patriarchs were rich in their flocks and herds and crops and servants.
Economists consider a state to be at “full employment” when unemployment is between 2 and 5 percent of the working population, because of the “unemployable” element. When Bush left office and Obama assumed office, the unemployment rate was 4.8 percent. But there is another figure most people don’t really think about too much.
Perhaps as many as 10 percent of the employable work force consists of those who will do only what is absolutely required to enable them to eat and have a place to sleep, and no more. That’s just the way it is. At the other end of the spectrum, there are the work-a-holics and over-achievers who will tend to prosper.
If you want “fair” social-sameness, go to Cuba, get a job and earn your $20 a month mandated wage. If you want opportunity, oppose Marxist trends in America and stay here.
Date: Tue Aug 18 10:15:13 2009
You seem to be just glibly writing off the poor in the interest of keeping the market free. There are moral requirements for a moral culture, and some of these are a right to work and a right to health care, among others, just in the name of human dignity. Capitalistic employers have a moral responsibility toward people that must be balanced against the pure profit motive.
Date: Tue Aug 18 18:16:51 2009
From: Vic Biorseth
The first and most required ingredient in a true Judeo-Christian culture such as that founded in America is a religion-inspired Judeo-Christian Ethos, which is to say, a decent collective conscience and sense of right and wrong, and of justice. Under Divine inspiration, a correctly formed conscience instills a strong sense of charity in the human heart. It is charity that best takes care of the poor and those who cannot take care of themselves. Individual and collective charity is a very strong force in a moral culture, and it is virtually non-existent in amoral cultures.
We have been being nationally secularized, and therefore nationally immoralized, if that’s a word, for over a hundred years by the efforts of the Marxocrat Party. I mean Democrat. Marxism replaces a sense of charity with an ice-cold practicality, which can only be held in a heart from which God has been driven, and which holds nothing, nothing, to be sacred.
I think you may have miss-read or misconstrued various Church teachings about the rights of workers, as opposed to a right to work. As we previously explained in Rights and Responsibilites, rights and responsibilities come in paired sets. If someone has a right to something, then, someone else has a corresponding responsibility to supply that something.
If you have a real, recognized right to a job, then who, precisely, has the responsibility to provided it? And why? And is the reason just. When the Prodigal Son returned, it was not to demand anything of his father, for he had already requested, received and squandered his inheritance. Yet, he was embraced. None of the father’s hired servants ever demanded their jobs; yet they were gainfully employed, in a mutually beneficial arrangement.
The American Bishop’s council, the USCCB, published a document in 1993 titled A Framework for Comprehensive Health Care Reform: Protecting Human Life, Promoting Human Dignity, Pursuing the Common Good. It contained the following quote:
Easier said than done. I will disavow quibbling over the various possible interpretations of what is meant by “adequate” in the interest of addressing the larger issue. If we agree that citizens have a right to health care, then we must determine who, exactly, has the corresponding responsibility to provide health care for them.
I submit that the USCCB has no theological authority, and the Marxocratic Party and sitting American government has no Constitutional authority, to order any private business man – whether his business might be orthopedics, orthodontics, insurance, automobile manufacturing, or anything at all – to convert his private sector business into a personal charity and allow his children and dependents to starve to death. That’s not what he set up his business to do.
If the USCCB wants to set up charity wards or convert whole Catholic hospitals to purely charitable institutions, they are perfectly free to do so, if they think they can keep it going for more than a week or so. But we are not and will never be theocracy. They cannot make the Baptists and the Methodists and the Jews do the same thing. If the government wants to do it – and it does – the results will be an economic and social disaster the likes of which the world has never seen. The negative effects will be felt far, far beyond our own shores.
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Date: Sat Apr 20 11:41:17 2013
Thank you for addressing this topic. I agree with your assessment & response.
However: "It’s a good thing the UN is toothless and ineffective; if it had real teeth it might become another world menace. Even as a so-called Peace keeper it is so ineffective as to be laughable. The UN periodically, usually too late, sends troops in somewhere to stand around and look important, until a shot is fired, and then they cut and run. Mission accomplished. Drinks all around."
Have you heard of Agenda 21; Sustainable Development; Smart Growth; the President's Council on sustainable Development (PCSD); Joan Veon (her books)? If you have not yet read her book on Prince Charles, it is short, yet v informative on how he is helping lead the world toward neo-paganist Gaia (earth) worship. Here is an article on it:
I enjoy your insights very much and sometimes pass them on. I pray you will "keep on keeping on"!
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