FPR Blog 34: Greed = Dictatorship. I see Hope in the Pope.

The pope recently visited Bolivia for a meeting with grassroots activists in Santa Cruz and Bolivian President Evo Morales.

What he goes on to say is remarkable in its honesty and bravery.

Pope Francis, at this meeting, said that "greed has created a dictatorship over the global economy". In essence, globalization rules over the working poor hurt the middle class and only benefits the rich.

I've said a boat load of times before and I will continue to say it again and again... This guy is AWESOME!

A member of the Catholic University of America in Washington, Stephen Schneck said Francis “is on fire” with his concern for the poor".

He goes on to say "that comes from his experience as archbishop of Buenos Aires where he spent time in the city’s shantytowns". So I imagine that this man has seen his share of horrifying acts due to poverty...

Pope Francis makes me feel I can finally get behind catholicism. Well, not entirely. But, if he has his way, the catholic church could become a true beacon of hope.

I was raised catholic and completed all my duties that make a good catholic boy. I had a lot of fun in grammar school and I met a lot of good friends in my time in catholic institutions. But, I never had a choice. I was forced, "like it or not" to attend church every Sunday along with Sunday class and catholic grammar schools.

The catholic church has also been a sanctuary for lost souls. Criminals, substance abusers, the homeless and the sick have found light in their all-encompassing dark world, because of the church's help and guidance.

With that said, the catholic religion is living in another century and it's not the future...

Pope Francis could very well be the man who can unlock the door in catholicism and allow it to step into the 21st century.

He went on to say that, “It (greed) ruins society, it condemns and enslaves men and women, it destroys human fraternity; it sets people against one another and, as we clearly see, it even puts at risk our common home.”

There are many good men of faith, but in this world opinions can get you killed. I'm sure men of true faith do not fear death.

Pope Francis is showing the elite that fearing them is only hurting us.

What he said is true. I've been railing against the corporatocracy of our country for a long time now. I've been hoping and wishing a true leader would step up and knock corporations down a few notches. Unfortunately, hope has gotten me nothing. Nothing but empty suits lined with millions of corporate dollars.

I don't think what the pope said was in any way out of line or untrue. He was speaking with a group of people who have been trying to do good by volunteering their time. If there wasn't a problem, there wouldn't be a need for such people. I think there are a few who feel they can't live out their lives because of what is happening in our society. I respect that. I look up to that.

A lot of people are calling this a "revolutionary call for help".

Of course, the obvious opposers didn't remain quiet after hearing about the pope's statements.

The conservative right is up in arms over it.

Kishore Jayabalan, an economist who formerly worked at the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in its mission to the United Nations, rejected the current pope’s claims.

“When the pope says that this economy kills, that this economy destroys the environment, I'm not quite sure what economy he’s talking about,” said Jayabalan, who now heads the Rome office of the conservative Acton Institute.

I'm sorry, but you are either a liar or a fool to claim that globalization is helping poor people. It may benefit some poor people somewhere, but much of the goods we buy in the United States are made in horrible work conditions by children. To say nothing of the fact that there are no EPA standards in said factories.

In other words, globalization is creating a dictatorship that forces people to become slaves.

It can't be denied.

This is happening under the flag of globalization. It's happening under the cover of a lie. It's happening because we are treated as fools and to be honest we are.

I don't mean to insult you. I include myself in that statement. I too, at times, have been manipulated into thinking a certain way. This doesn't mean we keep ourselves distracted and hope it all works out in the end.

I can't believe how far the country has fallen. I can understand the world being a bit crazy, but globalization is not a global idea. Sure there are people around the world that want this, but we're talking about the richest 1 percent of the planet. People who will greatly benefit from globalization. Again, this is not a global idea.

Whatever the case may be, whoever this idea belongs to, it's wrong.

I've always been from the school of thought that if we're trading with each other, then we're not going to war. I still believe that, but it's getting harder and harder to keep the faith.

They say money can't buy everything. Yet, history has shown us that peace can be purchased. The amount of money made by CEOs alone can feed all of Africa.

I don't expect CEOs to give up their salaries for peace. But, corporations stand to lose substantially in peacetime. And, it's not just the military industrial complex that loses so much. Governments are always going to buy weapons, no matter the time. Jesus Christ himself could come down and make everyone rich and fix all the problems of the world and governments would still buy weapons.

Many corporations stand to lose a lot of money. Government contractors for security, networks, infrastructure and more. Companies who are contracted to come in and rebuild war-torn cities like the ones we see on television.

War has had a part in every year since history's been recorded. The cause of many has been, greed.

Greed for more money, power, and fear. I just didn't know so many businesses would prosper off the death of other human beings.

Popefully, I mean hopefully the pope can start a real revolution. If he or someone like him doesn't, people are going to take matters into their own hands.

The hacks you've seen are nothing compared to what these people can do. The depth of their wisdom, cunning and balls are truly extraordinary.

These people (hackers) recently cracked the online cheating site Ashley Madison and have now released the information. 30 million people have been exposed. I'm sure there are going to be some heavies on that list. Though I don't agree with this particular hack because this is privacy intrusion at its worst. Never the less, the cats can do damage.

If hacktivists can't bring down corporations by completely deleting them off the information superhighway, then they will embarrass them.

Some of these people are not playing games. Others are stealing for money. But, the ones who are fed up with the current system and see no change will start to penetrate serious government and private institutions.

Personally I think that's what many in government and the corporate world deserve. Sometimes it's the only way to stop certain things from happening. But, I don't want it to come to that.

Corporations have to start changing some of their ways. They need to start giving back to the communities its stores are in. For example, a major chain superstore employs hundreds of people in the cities they're in. The work may not be the best and the money less than that, but a job is a job.

On the other hand, I think wages could be better. The hours could be shorter and employees should have benefits and insurance. There has to be a limit and much of these things should be earned.

Unfortunately, they're not.

Many of these companies are tax exempt for years when opening up a store. That's even more reason to make wages substantial, at the very least.

There is only one reason this does not happen. As the pope said, it's greed.

I hope this is the start of a revolutionary movement. Between the woken sharing information, insiders breaking codes of silence and someone like the pope, I see a bright and beautiful horizon. It's a long way to get there, but I see it...

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