"Capitalism is based on self interest and self esteem, it holds integrity and trustworthiness as cardinal virtues, not vices. It is this superlative moral system that the welfare statists propose to improve upon by means of preventative law, snooping bureaucrats and the chronic goad of fear."
And "statists" are everywhere in our current gubment today! They who propose their soft tyranny in the form of crushing bureaucracy, regulation, licensure, control and power over the individual are everywhere in our current gubment, from the top down.
Capitalism, better said, free-market economics, cannot thrive in such an environment. Innovation is stultified, risk is not taken, business growth cannot happen, confidence is shattered and everything slows down. And THAT is the environment we find ourselves in now.
Integrity and trustworthiness CANNOT thrive in any arena other than capitalism! Is that found anywhere in the world, or throughout world history, in any other economic structure? Is a burgeoning, growing, contributing economy found anywhere that is not based on the voluntary and free exchange found in a capitalist system? It is not! Why not? For without those things people will not return for your good or service. Your business will not thrive, you will not profit, you will not invent, you will not grow, and you will not stay in business if you try to employ any form of soft tyranny in your market. In a free-market economy, there is always someone else consumers can turn to instead.
When goods and services are forced upon a populace by its government, and there is no where else to turn, those goods and services necessarily, necessarily, become more expensive and of lesser quality. Their administration necessarily, necessarily, becomes more bloated and less efficient, until eventually, necessarily, necessarily, those goods and services collapse under their own weight. And the populace necessarily, necessarily, becomes more dependent, under greater control, and LESS FREE. Show me otherwise!
Health care anyone?*
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