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Posted: 9/15/2010 5:15:11 AM EDT
A couple days ago I was talking with a guy who guided a Khazak delegation that visited Charleston, SC.

He said they toured a state-of-the-art dental clinic. As they marvelled at the high tech equipment they pointed at it and asked, "Government?"

He smiled and replied, "No, capitalism."

Then driving past the huge houses that line The Battery, they again asked, "Goverenment?"

Again he told them, "No, capitalism."

Apparently he gave them some food for thought to take home.


In the history of mankind no other system has produced so much prosperity for so many people.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 5:16:37 AM EDT
It's true, but the other side wants you to feel ashamed about your wealth.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 5:35:34 AM EDT
Sweet your friends with Borat. Were they rolling in an ice cream truck? Did you feed the bear?
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 5:40:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2010 5:41:47 AM EDT by jakjakman]
"Observe the paradoxes built up about capitalism. It has been called a system of selfishness (which, in my sense of the term, it is)—yet it is the only system that drew men to unite on a large scale into great countries, and peacefully to cooperate across national boundaries, while all the collectivist, internationalist, One-World systems are splitting the world into Balkanized tribes.

Capitalism has been called a system of greed—yet it is the system that raised the standard of living of its poorest citizens to heights no collectivist system has ever begun to equal, and no tribal gang can conceive of.

Capitalism has been called nationalistic—yet it is the only system that banished ethnicity, and made it possible, in the United States, for men of various, formerly antagonistic nationalities to live together in peace.

Capitalism has been called cruel—yet it brought such hope, progress and general good will that the young people of today, who have not seen it, find it hard to believe.

As to pride, dignity, self-confidence, self-esteem—these are characteristics that mark a man for martyrdom in a tribal society and under any social system except capitalism."

-Ayn Rand
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 5:42:43 AM EDT
Originally Posted By jakjakman:
"Observe the paradoxes built up about capitalism. It has been called a system of selfishness (which, in my sense of the term, it is)—yet it is the only system that drew men to unite on a large scale into great countries, and peacefully to cooperate across national boundaries, while all the collectivist, internationalist, One-World systems are splitting the world into Balkanized tribes.

Capitalism has been called a system of greed—yet it is the system that raised the standard of living of its poorest citizens to heights no collectivist system has ever begun to equal, and no tribal gang can conceive of.

Capitalism has been called nationalistic—yet it is the only system that banished ethnicity, and made it possible, in the United States, for men of various, formerly antagonistic nationalities to live together in peace.

Capitalism has been called cruel—yet it brought such hope, progress and general good will that the young people of today, who have not seen it, find it hard to believe.

As to pride, dignity, self-confidence, self-esteem—these are characteristics that mark a man for martyrdom in a tribal society and under any social system except capitalism."

-Ayn Rand


well done.

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