Sunday, April 25, 2010

There's No Such Thing As Capitalism

From Rhymes with Cars and Girls:

Jonah Goldberg makes a good point:

If by “capitalist” you mean someone who cares more about his own profit than yours; if you mean someone who cares more about providing for his family than providing for yours; if you mean someone who trusts that he is a better caretaker of his own interests and desires than a bureaucrat he’s never met, often in a city he’s never been to: then we are all capitalists. Because, by that standard, capitalism isn’t some far-off theory about the allocation of capital; it is a commonsense description of what motivates pretty much all human beings everywhere.

I’ve said before, there’s really no such ‘ism’ as ‘capitalism’. There’s no ideology or theory that merits that name. There’s just people trying to do the best they can by them and theirs. If that’s ‘capitalism’ then everyone’s a ‘capitalist’, whether they live in 2010 USA or 1955 USSR.

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