CAPITALISM! - IS IT REALLY
By: SR Shearer
The Religious Right claims, and their secular allies in the
corporate elite similarly believe, that capitalism is God's
ordained economic system for this world - almost as if Adam
Smith, David Ricardo, and Thomas Malthus were Biblical figures
on a par with Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Nehemiah, and so forth;
and that the system they devised - i.e., capitalism - finds
its origins in the Bible and should be adhered to with as much
ardor and ebullience as one would adhere to the injunctions
of Holy Writ.
In the minds of America's
religious leaders, Adam Smith, David Ricardo and Thomas
Malthus rank higher as prophets than do Isaiah, Jeremiah
But that's utter nonsense! No where in the Bible can one find
even the smallest suggestion that the "Dismal Science"
of Adam Smith, or the dreary and gloomy economic system that Malthus
and Ricardo contrived are biblically based.
The abhorrent and warped
world of Fagin and Oliver Twist
This evil and pernicious world of Fagin and Oliver Twist that
Smith, Ricardo and Malthus conceived is entirely a man-made
system; it has NOTHING to do with God or the Bible! NOTHING!
The repugnant and even vulgar thought - central to the system
of capitalism - that the world should be divided into a management
class of "haves" (i.e., the rich) and a laboring class
of "have nots" (i.e., the poor) simply does not exist
in the Bible. The very real fact of the matter is, the severe
and cold "Calvinistic" economic system of Ricardo,
Smith and Malthus - based as it is on the Darwinian maxim of
"survival of the fittest" in which the most productive
are supposed to rise to the top of the economic pecking order
and the least productive are supposed to fall to the bottom
- is utterly repudiated by the Scripture.
The very real fact of the matter
is, the severe and cold "Calvinistic" economic system
of Ricardo, Smith and Malthus - based as it is on the
Darwinian maxim of "survival of the fittest" in which
the most productive are supposed to rise to the top
of the economic pecking order and the least productive
are supposed to fall to the bottom - is utterly repudiated
by the Scripture.
How you say? - through the device of the "Jubilee,"
a God-ordained mechanism aimed at preventing the untoward accumulation
of wealth - central to the system of capitalism - in Old Testament
Israeli society. You never heard of this? - well, I'm not surprised!
It's not something that the elites of this world or their "toadies"
in the Religious Right would find it convenient to talk about
THE YEAR OF JUBILEE
In the Old Testament (in the Book of Leviticus) the land of Israel
was to be divided EQUALLY in perpetual allotments to its
citizenry. Each family was to receive a roughly equal share of
the land. Now the Bible envisioned that in the course of time,
some would not do as well as others and, as a result, would have
to sell their land and their houses. But every fifty years,
the Bible established a "Year of Jubilee" in which everything
had to be restored to its original owner:
"IN THE YEAR
OF THE JUBILEE THE FIELD SHALL RETURN UNTO HIM OF WHOM
IT WAS BOUGHT, EVEN TO HIM TO WHOM THE POSSESSION OF THE
LAND OF THE LAND DID BELONG originally)." (Lev.
25:10-11, 13, 24)
"And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year,
and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the
inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee (i.e., a time of
rejoicing") unto you; and ye shall return every man unto
his possession ... (in other words, everyman in Israel would
have his former possessions returned to him).
"A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be
unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth
of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed.
"In the year of this jubilee ye shall
return every man unto his possession.
"IN THE YEAR OF THE JUBILEE THE FIELD
SHALL RETURN UNTO HIM OF WHOM IT WAS BOUGHT, EVEN TO HIM TO
WHOM THE POSSESSION OF THE LAND OF THE LAND DID BELONG
originally)." (Lev. 25:10-11, 13, 24)
Hardly a system of things that would be approved today by Bank
of America and Wells Fargo, and by the "Captains of Industry."
How long do you suppose modern capitalism would survive under
this kind of system? Not very long I should imagine.
PURPOSE OF THESE REGULATIONS WAS TO PREVENT THE ACCUMULATION
OF WEALTH BY THE FEW AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MANY
- even on a legitimate basis!!
And be clear here, this is the only "system of economics"
(so to speak) that the Bible ever actually set up - and it's
certainly not a capitalist system or a system that would be
very much approved by the Rockefellers, the Fords, and the DuPonts
of this world. Where is there here any chance for the massive
accumulation of wealth by the few at the expense of the many
upon which the system of capitalism is so entirely dependent?
It doesn't exist!
THE PURPOSE OF THESE REGULATIONS WAS TO PREVENT THE ACCUMULATION
OF WEALTH BY THE FEW AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MANY - even
on a legitimate basis!! That was the spirit behind
these regulations and ordinances! - and that is precisely what
the SUV Christians of today would no doubt call "Marxist!"
Pretty hard to justify the accumulation of wealth that makes
possible the gated communities of Yuppie Land-Christians under
that system of things, isn't it?
is there here the opportunity for the conquest of Africa by
the European colonial powers if at the end of fifty years, the
British, the Belgians, the French, and the Spanish would have
been forced to give back to the original inhabitants of the
land the possessions they had stolen, or even legitimately bought
- after all, the Bible admitted to no difference here! The land
had to be returned! Where is the possibility that Exxon, Shell,
BP, etc. could have raped the Iranians, the Iraqis, the Arabians,
the Nigerians, etc. of their wealth under such a system. This
is definitely not a system the World Bank or the WTO would very
much approve of! Certainly not Ford, or GM! Certainly not General
Electric or Microsoft! SO MUCH FOR THE THOUGHT THAT THE CAPITALISM
PRACTICED BY TODAY'S SECULAR ELITES AND APPROVED OF BY THE RELIGIOUS
RIGHT IS SANCTIONED BY THE BIBLE!
These things are NOT sanctioned
by the New Testament
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