The logical contradictions in this statement from the spiritual leader of Tibet are almost too numerous too mention:
TIBETAN spiritual leader the Dalai Lama says he’s a Marxist, yet credits capitalism for bringing new freedoms to China, the communist country that exiled him.
“Still I am a Marxist,” the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader said in New York, where he arrived today with an entourage of robed monks and a heavy security detail to give a series of paid public lectures.
“(Marxism has) moral ethics, whereas capitalism is only how to make profits,” the Dalai Lama, 74, said.
However, he credited China’s embrace of market economics for breaking communism’s grip over the world’s most populous country and forcing the ruling Communist Party to “represent all sorts of classes”.
“(Capitalism) brought a lot of positive to China. Millions of people’s living standards improved,” he said.
So he’s a Marxist, but he credits capitalism with bringing freedom to a country founded on the doctrines of Karl Marx.
Think about that for a second and then explain to me why anyone should bother to take this man who pretends he was reincarnated seriously again.
And, just so we’re clear, it’s not just Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leaders who are totally screwed up when it comes to economics, last year Pope Benedict effectively endorsed global socialism.
Here’s an idea, you religious leaders concentrate on your theology, let the rest of us worry about the other stuff.