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September 4, 2007

Quote Of The Week: God Bless Capitalism

by Doug Mataconis

Matt Carrothers via Jason Pye:

 God bless capitalism and the enduring quest across the globe for individual freedom and liberty. Anyone who knocks capitalism while holding a $4 cup of dark roast fair trade organic grande latte purchased at a multinational chain coffee shop really needs to visit their favorite chain bookstore and read P.J. O’Rourke’s latest book, an analysis of Adam Smith’s “On the Wealth of Nations.” You can likely even purchase a cup of coffee at said bookstore, find a chair and read the book for free.

Adam Smith, Ronald Reagan and Juan Valdez would be proud.

The sound you here is 1,000 Starbucks drinking leftists spitting their coffee all over their keyboards.

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5 Comments

  1. I meant to post that on here.

    Comment by Jason — September 4, 2007 @ 9:10 pm
  2. Jason,

    Hope I didn’t steal your thunder, it was just too good not to share

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — September 4, 2007 @ 9:13 pm
  3. But what about the children?

    Comment by somebody — September 4, 2007 @ 10:13 pm
  4. Oh, no worries. I feel bad having not posted in a while. I’ve been focusing on my blog and getting settled in my new house. I’ll pick it back up soon.

    Comment by Jason — September 5, 2007 @ 5:56 am
  5. Why do we need God to bless capitalism? It seems to be doing quite well without any divine assistance.

    I’ll also point out that there’s a disturbing boolean flavor to this item. It seems to assume that there are only two states of existence in the world: capitalist freedom and socialist slavery. The truth is, it’s a continuum. You want to dismiss China as a socialist hell? OK, so what were they 20 years ago — a socialist hell? The Chinese have changed in the last 30 years, and have increased the role of capitalism in their society. There is no purely capitalist country on this planet and there is no purely socialist country on this planet. Everybody — EVERYBODY — goes for a mix of the two. So the real question is, what’s the ideal mix?

    Comment by Chepe Noyon — September 5, 2007 @ 10:34 am

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