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Originally posted by Frogs
Originally posted by LDragonFire
We Americans are raised to believe that capitalism is good and needed to insure our freedoms. I think this is pure propaganda and is untrue. I think capitalism was a product of the old world monarch system, just relabeled and packaged for the masses. Capitalism is thousands of years old and slavery walks hand in hand with it. I wonder if capitalism disappeared from the Earth would slavery and prostitution still exist?
I'm going to say "Yes - both slavery and prostitution would still exist without capitalism." Both have existed since ancient times, long before capitalism. There is no reason to think they would cease to exist after capitalism. Human nature has ensured both of these have been around as long as man has..
Originally posted by NadaCambia
Originally posted by AlreadyGone
Ok dear Op...what alternative do you offer?
I am a capitalist. I cut firewood to sell...someone sees my sign by the road...they stop or call my phone number and we make a deal...an aggreement. I sell them firewood and they pay me with money.
I do the same thing with goats, hogs and piglets, tomatoes if I have any after the drought, eggs and chickens...capitalism... pretty simple really.
I also work for a living so I can by the things I want and need... my wife does likewise. Capitalism has provided me through my hard work and efforts a home, a farm on 50 acres, a quaint place at the NC coast... an education for all of our children, and it has allowed me...not some program at work or social security...but allowed me and my wife.. to save and invest for our retirement.. which if our investments continue to grow as they did last year...even in this economy...we will retire millionaires at 62.
I don't think you can do that with socialism... communism ? Which -ism do you prefer? What process or socio-economic-political process do you advise and prefer?
And provide real life examples..not some utopian philosphy and theory that looks good on paper but will never see the light of day.
Lastly, no...I am not priviledged...my family parents grew up dirt poor during the last Depression...they too worked hard and are now comfortably retired. Me...15 years ago, i was sleeping in a horse barn and going through a divorce...
Funny what a little hard work and sacrifice will reward an individual.
Wrong and wrong again. The nature of the Capitalist beast is that for the fortunate few to enjoy the luxurious lifestyle you and they enjoy, the majority must suffer.
You might have worked hard, I have no doubt, but others cannot do what you've done.
Originally posted by NadaCambia
There are few winners, but mainly losers. There's people with more work ethic and intelligence than you, who go through their life living in abject poverty through no fault of their own. You got lucky, and your fortunes come at the cost of others being oppressed. Well done.
If you want to ignore this blatant reality, that's on you.
By Melanie Pinola Jun 7, 2011 3:00 PM
"The Harder I Work, the Luckier I Get"
This quote about the relationship between work and luck comes from famous film producer Samuel Goldwyn. Often actors, entrepreneurs, and other people long to get that one "lucky break," forgetting perhaps the combination of luck and hard work that most success takes.
There are few true overnight successes. Behind what looks like sudden success is often years of work, trial and error, and failures. But the harder you work, the more good ideas and chances you may make for yourself.
Originally posted by eywadevoteeThe problem is that some companies can become huge trusts and monopolies, but the problem is that once regulation occurs it is easy to bribe politicians to stifle competition.
I am a capitalist. I cut firewood to sell.
Originally posted by 46ACE
"BULLSHOT"! So we should all be forcibly poor.. even the hardworking hard saving; self directed; most productive;?
this is such a sad commentary on typical left wing "victimization rant ":.Poor me I can't do what you did.(its just not" fair") is it.
Pay good money for that particular college course did you?
Originally posted by CriticalCK
There can be no doubt that the best economic system is the one that increases the population's prosperity most effectively. Worshipping pure capitalism puts the priority of growth above that of welfare.
Originally posted by MrOysterhead
Originally posted by Aggie Man
The word capitalism says it all. What does it mean to capitalize? It means to take advantage of. Gee, I wonder who is being taken advantage of under a capitalistic system?
to the OPedit on 15-9-2011 by Aggie Man because: (no reason given)
that is exactly right....it means to CAPITALIZE on the chance you are given.