Ah, the Pope has given another interview! This interview is with the Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia. The Pope makes several comments in the interview, and PopeWatch will be dealing with them this week. First up is the musings of the Pope that what undergirds the international economic system is war:
The rate of unemployment is very worrisome to me, which in some countries is over 50%. Someone told me that 75 million young Europeans under 25 years of age are unemployed. That is an atrocity. But we are discarding an entire generation to maintain an economic system that can’t hold up anymore, a system that to survive must make war, as the great empires have always done. But as a Third World War can’t be done, they make zonal wars. What does this mean? That they produce and sell weapons, and with this the balance sheets of the idolatrous economies, the great world economies that sacrifice man at the feet of the idol of money, obviously they are sorted.
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What the Pope said was a fairly common meme in the thirties when it was argued with a straight face, in the wake of World War I disenchantment and the growth of pacifism in the democracies, that World War I had been caused by arms dealers and by governments eager to profiteer from war. Alas it was complete and utter rubbish and it is rubbish still. The Pope’s comments indicate a man who does not have a clue as to how economies actually work and apparently believes the myth of wars being fought to produce economic riches for the few, a not uncommon trope in the comboxes of many leftist websites. A Pope who is ignorant of economics is one thing, a Pope who believes he knows how economies functions and manifestly does not is quite another. It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so, is an observation that has been attributed to 19th century humorists Artemus Ward and Josh Billings, and to 20th century humorist Will Rogers, but whoever said it history will verify that it is resoundingly true.