8) He supports a woman’s right to choose: Bloomberg has said that he believes reproductive choice should be a “fundamental right” for women in America, putting him solidly on the left when it comes to one of the most contentious social issues over the last several decades. And he has put his considerable wealth where is mouth is, donating millions to progressive women’s health organizations. In 2012, he cited Republican Mitt Romney’s anti-abortion stance as a significant factor in his decision to ultimately back President Obama in the general election.
Sociologist Randall Collins once suggested that “secularization is not a zeitgeist, but, rather a process of conflict.” From this perspective, the current secularization of our most important institutions—especially many of our Catholic colleges and universities—is more the result of a contested revolutionary struggle than a natural evolutionary progression. It is the achievement of specific individuals and groups—both within the Church and outside the Church—who intended to marginalize the teaching authority of the Catholic Church. Even today, as pro-choice politicians both flout Church teachings and are honored by Catholic institutions, Father Hesburgh remains an important part of that process of secularization.
The fact is there is much in today’s world that the average people have no direct means to change. Like a leaf flowing in a raging river, we don’t have a lot of control of external events in the world – it’s a fake world. Best to make peace with that. This isn’t yesterday’s world. It’s largely a technological prison that is only growing. If people did wake up en masse and challenge the powers that be, they would likely just be killed en masse – biological weapons, nuclear weapons and spills, chemical spills – today it’s a very simple matter to kill millions, and even deny that you did it.