Will the Pope hire a Quaker?

The Pope has said:

The idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology . . . is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth’s goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry beyond every limit

And according to the FT:

In a tweet on Thursday, he added: “There is a need to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress.”

He may want to read The Courageous State where I explore such issues in some depth and offer alternative economic theory.

And of course the Pope and Ritchie are entirely wrong about economic growth.

29 thoughts on “Will the Pope hire a Quaker?”

  1. What is this colossal straw man of “infinite growth” he is wibbling about? What does it mean?

    Does he understand that this growth pays for the welfare state we have now, let alone the vastly expanded one he demands?

    You can see why someone who owns the largest house in his town would be sniffy about the need of economic growth. I’m alright Jack; “it’s these serfs working and generating growth in worried about”.

  2. Richard doesn’t want you to point out to him any of the church’s failings though. That they agree on one point is enough for him!

    Looking forward to hearing that Jimmy Saville was a proponent of CbC reporting.

  3. One minute he’s complaining about unemployment, the next minute he wants to end economic growth. He is an incoherent bag of conflicting emotional spasms.

  4. “He may want to read The Courageous State….”

    OTOH, His Holiness might prefer to stick his head in a cement mixer.

  5. I’m used to Popes talking well-intentioned nonsense on economics, but Francis takes the communion wafer.

    Argies, eh?

  6. Alex (a different one)

    So I guess the guys who invest the Catholic churches vast wealth have been told to look for a low real ROI, based solely on the time value of money rather than economic growth.

  7. The Bard observed that madness in “great ones” must not unwatched go.

    The same is true for stupidity.

  8. No society can be good without being virtuous and virtue exists only in individuals. The Pope is admirably placed to remind the world of this, especially those in high places with low morals. Yet he chooses to say the same kinds of things in the same way as if he too were just another member of the political establishment. What a shame.

  9. I asked Ritchie whether he and he Pope had discussed the Earth’s limited resources in the context of population growth and what they thought of doing with the surplus population. I didn’t make it past the moderator.

  10. Lemme guess. Now lefties *want* us to listen to the Pope and respect his Authoritaaaaaaaah (/Cartman)

  11. So is the Catholic Church still pushing the whole ‘be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth’ line? Big families and no condoms?

  12. I’m not sure why the Pope is getting involved.

    Isn’t Climate Change just part of God’s Plan?

  13. Belief in exponential growth – isn’t there something in some book somewhere about loaves and fishes?

  14. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Can anyone picture Murphy in a biretta with a large pectoral cross sprinkling holy water from an aspergillum over those deemed to have righteously Rendered Unto Caesar? There’s definitely a touch of the soapier sort of vicar about him, and his Mark of Fair Tax is basically a secular form of selling indulgences, so it’s not that much of a stretch.

  15. BiCR:

    What’s that joke about the Irish again? Something like the brightest son becomes a doctor, the next brightest a vet and the idiot child becomes a priest. Ritchie would fit into that perfectly.

  16. I recommend the Pope close down every church, not only is there a massive carbon footprint on a building that is empty most of the time, but there is the additional carbon generated by millions of worshippers travelling by car every Sunday, perhaps taking a leaf from Judaism and forcing everyone to walk.

    After all, Jesus’ “church” was his followers, not a physical building.

  17. So Much for Subtlety

    Squander Two – “Maybe a prominent economist should explain to the Pope how Catholicism works.”

    Someone needs to.

    GlenDorran – “What’s that joke about the Irish again? Something like the brightest son becomes a doctor, the next brightest a vet and the idiot child becomes a priest.”

    It is more like that every family who has a bright son makes him become a priest. While his dumb brothers have eight children. Repeat for 100 generations. Viola! Southern Europe.

  18. I know Ritchie is pretty desperate following the loss of his JRCT grant, but sucking up to the Pope……

  19. See David Deutch’s The Beginning of Infinity for a fundamental demolition of all Malthusian inspired arguments.

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