"But while capitalism may be a convenient scapegoat, it did not cause any of these problems. Indeed, whatever one wishes to call the unruly mixture of freedom and government controls that made up our economic and political system during the last three decades, one cannot call it capitalism."
'Stop Blaming Capitalism for Government Failures,' Yaron Brook and Don Watkins, Capitalism Magazine (2008.11.15 )
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It's interesting that the left and the occupy folks are focused on the idea that "capitalism" is the root of all evil. We've never seen real capitalism on a large scale, if at all. The government and big corporations and banks are all about protecting monopolies, not promoting free trade or allowing opportunity for all. And that's BOTH parties. Real capitalism is the guy who fixes motorcycles eventually building a sales and service shop. The baker who gets up at 3:30 to make sure there are warm loaves available to buy. The janitor who hires people to help him take on bigger contracts, the store owner who risked his own money to set up a corner shop, the house framer who becomes a developer, and so forth. These are the people who create an economy and these are the true capitalists. So I'd love to ask the occupy crowd...are these the people you want to tear down?
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    The first step in making capitalism a convenient scapegoat is to completely change the definition of capitalism and the circumstances at which it may occur. Next, the concepts that are freedom, liberty, and what inalienable rights are, must be eliminated from the individual's mind set and in general, the availability to society as a whole. Such needs be replaced with a theology of paternalism. In making a society of willing helots, serfs, and otherwise slaves, gifts must be given and the statist totalitarian's dole embraced as the goal.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- warren, olathe      
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