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Reader Opinion: Capitalism is freedom

In response to yet another Bob Passi tirade, I would like to remind your readers that "capitalism" is freedom itself. That freedom we call capitalism existed long before the notion of governments. That freedom was on display every time farmer A a...

In response to yet another Bob Passi tirade, I would like to remind your readers that "capitalism" is freedom itself.

That freedom we call capitalism existed long before the notion of governments. That freedom was on display every time farmer A and farmer B decided how many bushels of farmer A's corn it took to buy farmer B's pig, with each party acting in their own self-interest.

That this capitalist-based freedom can - and always did - nicely exist without the nannying of government.

No one had to intervene, because the traders were deciding what was fair and equitable.

The American free enterprise system produced the greatest overall good for the world in the history of earth! No one has come close to the United States of America in reducing war, poverty and nothing compares to it in spreading wealth and assistance to the masses. Let's not forget what a multitude of generations legally immigrated to America in search of - freedom! Freedom they could not find anywhere else.

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What Bob tries to sell as an "alternative" view of reality - socialism/Marxism/communism - has never worked anywhere it was attempted because it cannot exist without government intervention - that big, ugly beast clubbing the invisible hand of free exchange.

Farmer A and farmer B never had to contend with a centralized bureaucracy telling them not only how much corn is needed to buy a pig but also telling them they must share their corn and piglets with people who have contributed nothing to the difficult process of raising either.

He's a motivational and empowerment guide?

Of all people, Mr. Passi should realize that you cannot motivate anyone when you empower government to rob from their labors. Don't take my word for it. Go ask a citizen of any of the failed communist regimes.

Tony Bauer

Nisswa

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