Friday, May 28, 2010
The Deuce and the Dalai Lama
He looks like a nice enough guy. Interviews show him to be soft spoken and quick to laugh...almost jolly even. But behind that avuncular facade lurks an intellect of stunning stupidity.
"(Marxism has) moral ethics, whereas capitalism is only how to make profits," the Dalai Lama, 74, said.
This from the man who was exiled from Tibet by the invasion of the Marxist Chinese and has called Chinese rule of Tibet "cultural genocide". Doesn't that just reek of "moral ethics."
How does the Dalai Lama justify his position? Here's how. He wrote;
As for the failure of the Marxist regimes, first of all I do not consider the former USSR, or China, or even Vietnam, to have been true Marxist regimes, for they were far more concerned with their narrow national interests than with the Workers' International;
Isn't it always that way? 'If just the right people would lead we'd have a true Marxist state/world and everyone would live in peace and prosperity.' I bet the Dalai Lama is a BFF of Barack.
But wait, it gets even worse.
I think the major flaw of the Marxist regimes is that they have placed too much emphasis on the need to destroy the ruling class, on class struggle, and this causes them to encourage hatred and to neglect compassion. Although their initial aim might have been to serve the cause of the majority, when they try to implement it all their energy is deflected into destructive activities. Once the revolution is over and the ruling class is destroyed, there is not much left to offer the people; at this point the entire country is impoverished and unfortunately it is almost as if the initial aim were to become poor.
Notice the great man of peace does not object to the destruction of the ruling class ( think Pol Pot's killing fields in Cambodia or the "re-education camps" in the USSR, China and Vietnam ) as long as the "cause of the majority" is served.
So much for the "moral ethics" of Marxism. But what about the second part of the lead in quote, "...whereas capitalism is only about how to make profits."
Out of the man's own mouth;
"(Capitalism) brought a lot of positive to China. Millions of people's living standards improved," he said.
As Chinese become richer, "they want more freedoms, they want an independent judiciary, they want to have a free sort of press", he said.
The Dalai Lama confesses profits bring about improved living standards for millions of people, which in turn make people desire increased freedoms, which he seems to support. Yet, capitalism is amoral and Marxism is the answer?
One can hope that since China has started their experiment of a hybrid Marxism, a rapidly growing Pseudo-capitalist economy while continuing a strict communist authoritarian control over all other aspects of the Chinese people, that the Dalai Lama's political and economic philosophy might coalesce into something resembling reality!
(full disclosure, the above photo has been altered from the original)
While I mean no disrespect to Buddhists, the Dalai Lama's beliefs regarding capitalism, Marxism and morality are fabulously incoherent. He should run for the U.S.Congress ( Democrat, of course ). He's already been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, so he should be a lock to get elected.
at 1:32 PM