Wednesday, July 8, 2009

"Pope Blasts Capitalism Ahead of G-8"

As an atheist libertarian, I couldn't resist repeating the title of this CNN article. Then again, I can't blame atheists in the U.S. for being a little more suspicious of Adam Smith than they might otherwise be, given the (increasingly superficial) lip service that the Religious Right pays to the free market. When it produces something they don't like (like rock music or stem cell research) they forget all about their supposed devotion to what is, after all, an Enlightenment way of thinking.

So here's a Smith quote worth remembering: he said of a friend's death, "Poor David Hume is dying very fast, but with great cheerfulness and good humour and with more real resignation to the necessary course of things, than any Whining Christian ever dyed with pretended resignation to the will of God."

2 comments:

Dan said...

He was probably trying to shake down the G-8 hot dog vendors for 10% of their earnings...

Alphonsus said...

I doubt many journalists have even read the encyclical, given that they've been more-or-less parroting each other as regards its contents.
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20090629_caritas-in-veritate_en.html