Over at Cafe Hayek, Don Boudreaux remarks on the arrogance of Pope Francis. Boudreaux is troubled by the Pope’s “jetting ostentatiously around the globe” telling other people how to arrange their economic affairs. Amen.
Unfortunately, Boudreaux’s criticism is limited solely to the Pope’s economic pronouncements. More troubling is the monopoly all Popes, the Catholic Church, and religions in general, pretend to have over morality.
As Emma Goldman stated in The Philosophy of Atheism: “Consciously or unconsciously, most theists see in gods and devils, heaven and hell, reward and punishment, a whip to lash the people into obedience, meekness and contentment.”
I’d prefer the Pope stick to economic commentary. It’d make him far less dangerous.
UPDATE: Kevin Carson asks, “If Boudreaux doesn’t like the Pope jet-setting around giving other countries economic advice, I wonder what he thinks of the Chicago Boys and AEI?”