If we start referring to a certain Indiana college town as the People's Republic of Bloomington, would that be guilt by association?
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said that he is a Marxist, yet credits capitalism for bringing new freedoms to the communist country that exiled him -- China.
"Still I am a Marxist," the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader said in New York, where he arrived 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 yesterday.
His "share the wealth" instincts are understandable; egalitarianism is the essence of much religious thought. But I'd have thought someone with so much history with China would be a little careful in expounding on the "moral ethics" of Marxism. The profits created by that evil capitalism, the Dali Lama should be aware, is the wealth that's available to be redistributed, whether morally or not.