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Horseburgers & Sexting? Relax, They’re The Fruits of Capitalism

February 2, 2013

Professor Tim Lang of City University was interviewed this morning on Radio 4’s Today program (available on iPlayer, starts just after the news in the second hour). His explanation for the widening scandal in the food industry, the latest but not the last being pork products in halal prison food, was “parallel governance” and “agency capture”. He continued, “Companies are now more powerful and have their own systems of governance…the state is brought in to level the playing field, or deal it out [sic] or rebuild trust.” These incidents showed, “the complexity of the food supply chain being exposed”.

 Last week, Diane Abbott MP* gave a speech to those she-wolves in sheep’s clothing, Fabian Women’s Network, decrying the pornification of culture. She said, “For so long, it’s been argued that overt, public displays of sexuality are a liberation…There’s something wrong with a society when many young girls of all classes are pressurized into exposing themselves online, and are then humiliated” [quotations from]. Despite Abbott’s attempts to implicate all of society in this filth, it is actually the daughters of the modern mums, who don’t need men around because the state will provide who are the most vulnerable to the predations of boys, also fatherless. Yet this utopia is exactly what the achingly right-on Abbott and her ilk campaigned for over the last 40 years. Every attempt to stop the destruction of the nuclear family, by stigmatizing single mothers, was howled down so that Britain has more children born out of wedlock than in, and at least one third of children live without their biological father. The legalizing of gay marriage is another step in the abolition of the Christian family and no good will come of it.

 *Abbott is a standard issue Labour hypocrite. She has been the sitting MP for Hackney North since 1987, yet she sends her son to a private school because Hackney’s comprehensives are violent sinks.

 Both of these news items have as their core the logic of capitalism. To quote Pope Leo XIII (Rerum Novarum, 1891)

            “for the ancient working men’s guilds were abolished in the last century, and no other protective organization took their place. Public institutions and the laws set aside the ancient religion. Hence, by degrees it has come to pass that working men have been surrendered, isolated and helpless, to the hardheartedness of employers and the greed of unchecked competition.”

 Similarly, Pope Pius XI said of unbridled competition, i.e. capitalism:

            “Just as the unity of human society cannot be founded on an opposition of classes, so also the right ordering of economic life cannot be left to a free competition of forces.”

             “This concentration of power and might, the characteristic mark, as it were, of contemporary economic life, is the fruit that the unlimited freedom of struggle among competitors has of its own nature produced, and which lets only the strongest survive; and this is often the same as saying, those who fight the most violently, those who give the least heed to their conscience.” (Quadragesimo Anno, 1931).

Capitalism always engenders a race to extremes; he who will ignore his conscience will become richer, and in doing so elicit envy and then mimicry from others in business. Pope Pius XI again, from Quadragesimo Anno:

            “Those first entering upon this broad way that leads to destruction easily found numerous imitators of their iniquity by the example of their manifest success, by their insolent display of wealth, by their ridiculing the conscience of others, who, as they said, were troubled by silly scruples, or lastly by crushing more conscientious competitors.”

 Horseburgers and the push for the mainstreaming of pornography are but two aspects of capitalism’s immoral calculus. Capitalist apologists have created a three factor model of the economy, i.e. land, labour and capital. These three factors in different amounts and proportions are the inputs to all our goods and services. And all three factors rank pari passu – land is the same as labour is the same as capital. This is disordered as far as Church teaching is concerned. Labour ranks first, because man must labour as God commanded. Therefore,

“Labour is not a mere commodity. On the contrary, the worker’s human dignity in it must be recognized. It therefore cannot be bought and sold like a commodity.” Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno.

Nor can the state help to put the economy right, according to the laws of God and the teachings of the Church. Regardless of what Prof. Lang believes, the state is pwned by the capitalists. This happened centuries ago with the Dissolution of the Monasteries, according to Hilaire Belloc (The Servile State, 1912).

‘…by the first third of the seventeenth century, by 1630-40, the economic revolution was finally accomplished, and the new economic reality thrusting itself upon the old traditions of England was a powerful oligarchy of large owners overshadowing an impoverished and dwindled monarchy.’

This cabal, subsequently known as Whigs, were/are responsible for most economic innovations that have tightened the noose on the country’s labour. After the Dissolution came the enclosures of common land and repudiation of forest rights. In 1688 having deposed the rightful, Catholic king, James II, they immediately created the Bank of England so that they could impose a usurous, counterfeiting banking system on England and eventually the world (axis of evil excepted). In 1776 their pet economist, Adam Smith, created the invisible hand to dislodge the remnants of Catholicism still embedded in Anglican sensibilities. Thereafter, in the first age of globalization, anyone who tried to transact business according to a moral code went bust. Consequently, all of us who wish to make our way in the world now must operate according to the capitalist code of “devil take the hindmost”.

The next few years will see some sort of cathartic event as the debt-based money expropriation engine reaches its natural conclusion. Paper wealth will disappear overnight and trade will cease to function where gold is unavailable. The human cost will be staggering. It will seem as if “Hell is empty and all the devils are here”. That’s not just the opinion of one shrill blogger, but of several sober  and well respected money managers.

We must not allow the Whigs to rebuild the system with debt-based money and the capitalist weakest-to-the-wall diabolical mindset.


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