I found an interesting article today about Michael Moore, the famous documentary director of Farenheit 9/11 and Sicko. Moore has a new movie coming out soon called Capitalism: A Love Story, in which he apparently explains why Capitalism is “Anti-Jesus”.
While I agree with Moore that we have problems in our current system, I personally don’t believe that Capitalism is the problem. As I wrote a few weeks ago, I don’t think the government should be redistributing our money, but WE should be redistributing our wealth by giving to take care those less fortunate. If all Christians across the world were giving like we should be, things would look VERY different.
In the article he makes an interesting point…
“[The wealthiest Americans] proved that the free market is something they really don’t believe in, they don’t believe in competition, they actually do believe in socialism, that we the people should use our tax dollars to keep them in their mansions and their yachts.”
The argument that congress would use is that without the bailout, the whole system would have collapsed – dramatically affecting everyone’s financial lives. Looking at how so much of the bailout money was spent, I think Moore’s argument has some validity.
Dividing up the pie
But, here is where I think he gets confused…
“but I do have very strong beliefs and these beliefs were formed not in the school of Karl Marx, but in the Catholic Church. Priests and nuns taught me these lessons of how we’re to treat each other, how we’re to treat the poor, and how we’re to divide up the pie.”
We are to treat each other with love, we are to give to the poor, but what about “divid(ing) up the pie”? If you look at the parable of the talents, you could argue the exact opposite point. The good steward (who increased what he had) was given more by the master. I am not going to pretend I know how judge whether poverty is a result of a lack of personal responsibility or the hand that one was dealt in life. But either way, Jesus told us that we would ALWAYS have the poor (Mark 14:7), so thinking that a switch to Socialism would eliminate poverty seems a bit misguided to me.