Monday, July 19, 2004

The Church Beating Up on the Poor Again

I want to feel good about the church, but then I read things like this

The gist of the story is that genetically modified foods are out there and has been proven to reduce crop disease and increase harvest yields.  Great news for the poor of the world?  Of course not.  Those at the Catholic Institute for International Relations believe that it's an attempt by "big seed" to control and victimize the poor.  Read Mr. Conko's response for the facts on this particular issue, but it provides another illustration of a topic I addressed in my book. 

Some people gave me grief about the section of the Pure Investor where I'm picking on the church, but again and again those that pose as the advocate for the poor and oppressed want to keep them poor and oppressed.  But repeatedly the church takes very economically liberal and socialist positions and tries to browbeat their flocks into taking those position.  They know better than the actual poor farmers working the land.  In my experience, the flocks are tolerant but painfully aware that these positions caused the majority of human suffering in the 20th century.
I wrote in The Pure Investor:

"The church says we should strive for equality of man.  The fashionable church leadership maligns the U.S. as a greedy, unjust, and oppressive country.  The Pure Investor looks at the food the United States ships abroad and the technology selfishly developed by our citizens that saves lives of third world people and makes their impoverished life slightly easier and more tolerable.  After looking at this, the Pure Investor must agree with the brilliant Tom Wolfe in his essay "In the Land of the Rococo Marxist" from his book Hooking Up.  He states, "If you must rate a nation at this moment in history, your accursed America is the very micrometer by which all other should be measured."

In the final paragraph of the CIIR position paper, we get to the real crux of the matter: 

"'Food insecurity cannot be solved by technological fixes. If we are to help poor farmers in developing countries, we need to take a close look at the real causes behind poverty, such as social and economic inequalities. Undoubtedly, technology has an important role to play but it needs to be economically, culturally and environmentally appropriate.'"

Read: tech won't help, but taking from the land of plenty will.  Those with their faith in government action will substitute any problem for "Food insecurity" above and the cause will always be redistributive economics.  Inequalities don't lead to poverty; lack of property rights, rule of law, and democracy does.
Stay you.