“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does not good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”
“Capitalism isn’t a system. Got that? Capitalism is the lack of a system. Why can’t you fools understand this? Capitalism is freedom. All “systems” are the enemies of freedom, because they rely on the opinions of a few– usually very cranky– people, instead of on the collective wisdom of everyone acting in their own self interest, tempered by their innate generosity. Capitalism is the unfettered desire and ability of humans to barter with one another and accumulate knowledge and things. That’s it. In capitalism, certain institutions arise because the market signals they are necessary in the first place, and supports them after they are established. In general, when people who do not understand this desire of humans to barter and accumulate things attack these useful institutions, they destroy wealth and impoverish people.
We live in an age where a person with a $20,000 truck in the driveway of his $150,000 house, eats a steak, surfs the net on his computer, and then sits down and curses at the politician he sees on his 50 inch Plasma screen TV because he thinks that the pol isn’t doing enough to make his life better.
If you’re not as successful as you’d like to be in life it’s probably because you’re not that smart, or you’re not making good choices in your life. Maybe you spend too much money downloading music off the internet or eat out at restaurants too often. Maybe you’ve been passed over for promotion because you’ve never opted to stay late at work and help out.
generally, the reason the guy in the “rich” part of town has a newer car than you do or a bigger house isn’t because there’s some cabal of greedy, oppressive troglodytes working to keep your wages down but rather because that guy is probably smarter than you. Works harder than you. And, perhaps most importantly, made better decisions in his life than you did.
This will anger a lot of the class warfare people who are likely union supporters and subscribe to John Edwards’ “two Americas” theory, but those people are mostly angry because nobody wants to believe that their lack of fulfillment with their lives is their own fault. It’s always easier to blame some invisible, anonymous conspiracy.
Life is all about the choices we make, and when you make poor ones it’s your own fault not mine. Your inability to be successful is no mortgage upon the success I’ve managed to wrest from the world for myself and my family.