Slugger’s Daily Blogburst…

Right after a time off, here’s the return of the daily blogburst… If you have candidate posts for inclusion you can mail them to Kicking off with Gerard, who notes that Benedict did not get a fraction of the Brickbats for loving up to Capitalism than he did for attacking Gays. But, says Gerard, if he really wants to love up to the global market economy he might need to look at that little matter of Papal Infallibility…- Perhaps he ought to have a wee word with his English Primate, who still thinks the “preferential option for the poor” is a constant theme in Catholic social teaching.”

– Rick to do ‘cold turkey for a whole week. Good luck!!!

– JL is on to that old Irish political saw of a nation that likes to talk left but unerringly votes right. And he has the figures to prove it. In Dail Eireann there are a total of 166 seats; of he reckons 32 are Left and 134 on the Right. JL reckons the left needs to quit whinging and get organised.

– Malcolm tells the story of how Tony Gregory wangled IR£80 Million out of Charlie Haughey, and the distain it earned him from others on the left…

– Simon points to an nifty wee Oireachtas mashup tool. Nice idea. But it doesn’t work…

– Red Mum’s got a great piece of improv from the States

– Staff at Bobballs have a new competition going: the most inappropriate use of PR photos online. Good luck with that; we’ll expect plenty more where that came from… Oh, and there’s the pain of being a weekly.

– Johnny turns his gaze towards Gaza and the strange case of 75 Palestinians shot by Hamas activists in the legs

– Liam sees the crisis from another angle

– Chekov reckons the paradox in Cameron’s recipe for getting the UK out of the global recession is because the situation itself is paradoxical

– Splintered goes what looks to me to be an erudite rant on the inner cultural complexities of the SWP

– And in other news from the Sentinel Waterford Wedgewood to shift to Dubai and to take the county with them

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

  • John 45

    Papacy & Capitalism etc.. I always thought it a bit artificial that John Paul II and even Benedict used to go on about the defects of Capitalism and so forth when the world economy was doing so well. I used to think – don’t upset the apple cart. I never saw them as approving ‘Globalization’.

  • Lidl Richard

    Funny how someone checked up Benedict’s speech and could not find what some commentators on another commentators found.

    You could make it up.

  • Rory Carr

    It is of course perfectly ridiculous for a Pope to issue a pompous statement on political economy. Although not quite as ridiculous as being foolish enough to listen the even more pompous statements of political leaders who have no idea whatsoever what it might cost, either in actual terms or as a slice of available income, to buy a loaf of bread or a pint of milk or how much it might cost a mother of children to top up her electricity card in order to provide light, heat and power to nurture her children.

    Nor will such mealy- mouthed liberal pietisms as, “The poor must be allowed a voice” either serve. Until such times as the oppression of struggling for existence becomes intolerable and the poor and oppressed roar such that their united voice strikes very terror into the hearts of popes and princes and bankers and captains of industry will there be any hope of redress.

    What has been taken from the masses – their dignity, their freedom to give of their all to life and society and the full value of the product of their social labour, must be forcefully wrested back and only they united en masse can do that. Therein will they find their true holiness.

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that the greatest obstacle on the road to spiritual well-being is the individual’s ego and the greatest obstacle to overcoming that ego is singular introspection which only serves to feed it. Those furthest along that path to holiness are the sweaty, foul-mouthed masses who congregate together engaging roughly and with great genuine tenderness towards each other such as the pampered middle classes, the rich and pietous prelates with their rules of guarded decorum are incapable of. Until they can grasp this simple truth and themselves live and engage as honest members of society then popes and cardinals and preachers should stay silent. It was Christ’s living example that drew the masses to him. Only afterwards did they have any reason to listen to him preach.

    “I yearn”, said darling Danton, “for the day when the last princeling is hanged by the entrails of the last bishop.”

    What sweet good practice of euthanasia that would be. Let us then pray, “God speed the day”.