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Posts Tagged ‘Freedom’

The Spoiled Children of Capitalism

Posted by blogbymurph on April 23, 2016

A classic from Jonah Goldberg from 2008, more relevant today…

Capitalism is the greatest system ever created for alleviating general human misery, and yet it breeds ingratitude.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/225186/spoiled-children-capitalism-jonah-goldberg

 

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Capitalism v Socialism

Posted by blogbymurph on April 23, 2016

Good video.  Mark Matson makes some good points…

  • a Capitalist asks “how can I create benefit or create value for others?”
  • a Socialist asks “how can I confiscate money created by others and distribute to myself and my power base?”
  • Socialism is the most destructive form of government and economic structure ever created. Karl Marx did more damage to mankind than anyone who ever existed.

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Inspiring words from former President Reagan…

Posted by blogbymurph on January 31, 2016

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Capitalism gets no respect…

Posted by blogbymurph on January 2, 2010

Good commentary from Jonah Goldberg regarding NPR’s treatment of capitalism…     

Consider NPR. As a brand, it claims to be standing athwart capitalism because it’s “public.” What that means exactly is a bit unclear, since it still allows corporations to fund its programming in exchange for audio endorsements none dare call commercials and relies on the kindness of listeners to keep it afloat — listeners who, one way or another, make their money from you-know-what.

Indeed, speaking of the decade in capitalism, National Public Radio failed to mention that Joan Kroc, widow of Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s, left more than $200 million to NPR in 2003. Mrs. Kroc’s generosity of spirit was her own, but the wampum is all capitalism’s, baby.

Free markets and capitalism get no respect… 

Every good thing capitalism helps produce — from singing careers to cures for diseases to staggering charity —  is credited to some other sphere of our lives. Every problem with capitalism, meanwhile, is laid at her feet. Except the problems with capitalism — greed, theft, etc. — aren’t capitalism’s fault, they’re humanity’s. Socialist countries have greedy thieves, too.

Free markets are in disrepute these days, particularly by the people running Washington. For them, government is the solution and capitalism is the problem. If they have their way over the next decade, they won’t cure what allegedly ails capitalism — people will still steal and lie — but they will impede everything that makes capitalism great. And that will be bad for everyone, even NPR.

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Fascism Defined…

Posted by blogbymurph on September 7, 2009

Private industry under the direct control of government becomes enslaved to politics — sound familiar?  If not, recall the Stimulus Plan, bank bailouts, government takeover of GM and Chrysler, and the upcoming Obamacare and Cap & Trade schemes?  We are getting dangerously close…          

Fascism, like communism and socialism, is a form of collectivist politics. As the great author H.P. Lovecraft put it, when describing the dark gods of his horror stories: “Many names, one nightmare.” These philosophies share a belief in the supreme power and virtue of the central State. Under communism, government owns the means of production – there is no private industry. In a socialist system, the State is nominally separate from private industry, but it siphons large amounts of money from the private sector to fund the socialist agenda. Fascism maintains private industry, but places it under the direct control of the government. Private industry still exists, but the State sets production goals, directly controls economic activity, and dominates the management of corporations. Industry becomes enslaved to political goals.  Read the full article at http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2009/09/07/the-eff-word/ 

 

 

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