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Dalai Lama Proves, Once Again, That Religious Figures Have No Understanding Of Economics

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.

7 Responses to “Dalai Lama Proves, Once Again, That Religious Figures Have No Understanding Of Economics”

  1. tfr says:

    Unfortunately, that’s about the depth of understanding of economics of 99% of people.

  2. Does he realized who sent him into exile? Um, doing away with all religion is kinda one of the basic tenets of the whole ideology.

  3. Richard says:

    Wow. That is pretty sad. The Lama may be a big hitter, but he doesn’t seem all that bright in matters of economics or politics.

    This just goes to show that the world’s “leaders” are just people. It is probably a good idea if we stop deifying them. Enabling the thing that makes them feel like hot shots probably is unwise.

  4. Vast Variety says:

    China is not and never has been founded on the doctrines of Karl Marx. They simply bastardized Stalinism.

    Communism as idealized by Marx and Engels has never been put into practice in any nation.

  5. Yes this is the same excuse Socialists used with regard to the USSR, too

  6. Vast Variety says:

    It’s not an excuse, it’s the truth, and no I’m not suggesting that the Communism of Marx and Engels is a good thing. I just get frustrated that people don’t seem to understand the difference between what they envisioned as opposed to what has really existed.

  7. Ingenj├Âren says:

    I suppose the answer to a lot of the rethorical questions lie in the parenthesises surrounding (Marxism) and (Capitalism) these were obvously the author of the articles interpretation, what was the original wording and in what language?

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