What you might look at, expctthebest, is the other side of forced giving: forced taking. If you take a look at the dynamics and assumptions of capitalism you will find on its ledger the history of forced acquisition and slave labor. Of course, given from the tone of your OP, it seems pretty clear that you are invested in the nice, cleaned up public version of capitalism, and haven’t looked much beyond the advertising, so it seems. The advancement of capitaliism, a word to which I often add an “r” just after the “c,” depends largely on four lies. They are nicely delineated here.
I am also discovering that there is an appalling ignorance among the general public as to how money works. While not laying out the mechanics of it, the Pope does perfectly speak to the results. His indictment will be fought against tooth and nail by the ultra rich. You see, the point of poverty is less one of money than of leisure. The word “school” derives from a word meaning “leisure.” What is the importance of that? The importance of that is if there is a living wage fora all,* there will be time for leisure, and therefore thought. A thinking public is far less easily controlled. Further, if there is time to think, an increasingly greater portion of the public will understand that money, as we know it, is debt. In other words, if there was no debt in countries like ours which use fiat currency, and multiply it by the fractional reserve system of banking, there would be NO money. None.
So a chief purpose of poverty, and why there is such a great effort by the lobbied Congress to foster poverty and all that goes with it, even deaths as we are now reading, is to keep people from having time to think about the actual source of their woes. And that source is not scarcity: There is way enough to go around and more, if we so willed it. But there is a deliberate deprivation, and there is a deliberate agitation of differences and blame to distract us from the actual bonfire. The bonfire is that the .001% of the 1% is to the 1% as the 1% is to the 99%. In fact, the ordinary individual cannot begin to comprehend how rich these ultra rich actually are, and they are that way because they legally print money for free in the form of loans, and you, yea you, add value to it by your work.
That is why when asked his thoughts about the fractional reserve system of banking, a certain VP of an international bank laughed heartily and said “Fractional reserve is the biggest scam ever pulled on mankind!” So, dear ones, understand this: The Federal Reserve is a PRIVATE company that creates debt called money that loans it to the government at the cost of interest. The IRS is the branch of the government we pay for to collect money for ourselves to give to the PRIVATE individuals who own the stock of the Federal Reserve, which is neither Federal, or a “reserve,” saves it does everything to reserve the secret of its magic powers to itself. And one European family owns all but a few of the central banks of the world. Can you imagine what you could do if you personally had trillions of dollars? Yes, trillions.
One of the things you cold do is keep people from thinking about how money works by agitating fear of “socialism,” a word few Americans have a clue as to the actual meaning of, along with Marxism. Heck we Americans even have welfare backwards: many scream about welfare queens when the statistics prove out that fraud among the poor is minuscule, while we allow huge subsidies for companies that make billions in profits, don’t pay tax, (0) and whose owners hide money in offshore accounts. Further, those subsidies have helped those people move great numbers of jobs off shore as well.
There is also an ignorance of the two economies: the one where you work for a wage, and the other where you own paper and it works for you 24/7/365 while being taxed comparatively little. That does not make for jobs, but is part of the dynamic that vacuums money to the top and destroys the middle class. That destruction has been the harbinger of dark ages through out history. And in fact, along with the growth of the present crisis, which is a crisis mostly to anyone who works a “regular” job, the US has slipped from mostly 1st in nearly all areas to anywhere between 17th>20th or worse.
So what Pope Francis is talking about isn’t so much a forced re distribution of wealth, as a far more equitable system that allows those who actually labor to keep a living wage and benefit from their labors in an equitable way. What appears to be your assumption that the present system is equitable is extremely questionable and reflects, to me, lack of due diligence in examining the statistics and flow surrounding economic well being. In other words, you might give some credence to the notion that those who have the time and money to influence and infiltrate the no longer democratic process have rigged our laws to ensure the extraction of cash assets from the low and middle classes.
There are hundreds of books & articles outlining this demise in great detail along with a statistical graphs detailing the process and results. These range from charts showing the overlap of former corporate executives running or participating in all branches of government, to the dynamics of dollar distribution. We all might benefit from looking at those and studying them. For my part I know that $100 buys what $10 did in my birth year.
So to make it short, all the Pope is asking for is some Christian consideration for our fellow men and women in just one of the areas where greed and corruption is rampant. Therefore, if you decide you don’t like money in politics, and are tired of scraping by, join WolfPac and MayOne.us