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watajob Donating Member (253 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 04:33 PM
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60. I'm nowhere near as informed ...
Edited on Sat Dec-03-11 04:34 PM by watajob
... or eloquent as Fantastic Anarchist appears to be. So, let me give you the dumb, old truck drivers response to your statement. IMHO, there's nothing wrong with capitalism, in and of itself. I want to be able to turn my intrinsic/inherited/acquired value into some kind of "hard"/spendable currency at a fair level commensurate with my abilities/ambition. I have no problem with wealthy people. While still a bit extreme, people like the late Steve Jobs, Bill gates, or to go back a bit, Henry Ford or Thomas Edison at least returned to society some "thing", (be it physical or intellectual), of value while accumulating vast wealth. While not blameless in the corporate dominance/manipulation of our current situation, there is/was a "there" there. Similarly, the venture capitalists make an attempt to be productive with their wealth. It's the Mafia inspired fixed/crooked games of chance and ensuing "skim" that has no place in, at a minimum, an equitably functioning system. It's not socialism to have the government there to ensure the proverbial "level playing field" nor backstop someone from sliding into abject poverty due to life's random nature. A chance at bat and a reasonable level of confidence while taking the swing is all I want.
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