It’s been my experience with liberals that most are anti-capitalism, though usually quite eager to share in the fruits of the capitalist’s efforts.
This is usually the result of either ignorance of history (because they really believe that capitalism harms people rather than boosts the entire world’s quality of life, unlike any socialist program could even dream of accomplishing in its quest for utopia) or self-serving calculation (such as by such outspoken exploiters as Jesse Jackson, Ted Kennedy and most union officials, who feed off the labors of others).
Here’s the reality: The majority of the world lived in abject poverty — occasionally rising to borderline poverty in the good years — since the beginning of recorded history. Today, even the average “lower income” family in America lives longer, is healthier, and has a wealth (literally) of creature comforts far beyond those of kings and emperors of old. They have that thanks to one thing: Capitalism.
So, thank you to the great inventors and industrialists (Robber Barons, my butt) of the past two centuries, right up to the Bill Gates of today. Go Capitalism!
“In 1771, England’s population was
6,447,813…. In 1871, after close to
100 years of industrialization, the
country’s population was a staggering
21,500,720; it more than tripled in the
first century of the industrial era….
Recognition that the per capita standard
of living rose in England in the midst
of this explosion of population is perhaps
the greatest tribute that can be paid
to the extraordinary productivity of
— Andrew Bernstein
The Capitalist Manifesto
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