Originally Posted by WhiteWhale
Do property rights not go directly against the teachings of the bible?
That materialism is a path away from god? Yet here in america the religoius right strongly supports materialism over all things... including god. Is that blasphemy? Mammon isn't god is he?
One of the commandments is not to covet the things of others, yet that's the basis for our whole economic system. Someone else gets something cool, you get one.
Yeah, Jesus wasn't an economist, but if he was I highly doubt he'd approve of the US economic system. I just find it interesting that the battle cry of the group who supports Jesus is "Don't let the poor people take our stuff!!"
I'm not condemning capitalism or property rights, I just think Jesus probably would.
I suspect he would regard the pursuit of wealth folly. That being said, Marx was a materialist as well, he just moved the means of production to the workers rather than the owner. To say Jesus would be a communist is to presuppose he would be a materialist, which is simply not true.
By the way, I think we can think of the current left and right wings as old world Pharisees and Sadducees. One group was conservative and the other liberal. Jesus condemned both.