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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    The United States, for instance, has become far more aggressive militarily and geopolitically the further it has moved from its classical liberal roots.
    C'mon, the first war the United States lost was against Canada in 1812.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    C'mon, the first war the United States lost was against Canada in 1812.
    There was no Canada yet! And we ended up taking that war in the end. Who cares that our greatest victory came after the war was over?
    Who wants to try a bottle of merc's "Extroversion Olive Oil?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    There was no Canada yet! And we ended up taking that war in the end. Who cares that our greatest victory came after the war was over?
    Don't make us come down there again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feops View Post
    Don't make us come down there again.
    If you do, bring donuts, okay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    They can still be fat pigs, but pigs that pay into a progressive tax system.
    Because nobody should have more than X amount of income, right? In the interest of social justice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    Because nobody should have more than X amount of income, right? In the interest of social justice?
    The more wealth is redistributed, the less some people have to work.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    By Smith's own admission, capitalism does NOT make us better people, but then again i think the whole article is tongue-in-cheak anyway. Capitalism fosters a better, softer environment to form in which it is EASIER, simpler and better for us to be good, moral people. It won't do everything for us, it just makes a more pleasant atmosphere.

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    If the republican system is supposed to prevent tyranny through jamming all factions against each other, I could see how capitalism could supply individuals with non-violent means of competing with each other.
    "For a man who wants to make a profession of good in all regards must come to ruin among so many who are not good. Hence it is necessary to a prince, if he wants to maintain himself, to learn to be able not to be good, and to use this and not use it according to necessity."
    Niccolo Machiavelli

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    Quote Originally Posted by nozflubber View Post
    By Smith's own admission, capitalism does NOT make us better people, but then again i think the whole article is tongue-in-cheak anyway. Capitalism fosters a better, softer environment to form in which it is EASIER, simpler and better for us to be good, moral people. It won't do everything for us, it just makes a more pleasant atmosphere.

    Knowing Will, the only thing tongue-in-cheek is the title. Many Cato and Reason people like to write things with funny/provocative titles.
    Who wants to try a bottle of merc's "Extroversion Olive Oil?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    This is a Will Wilkinson article in the Cato Policy Report. It's rather short, and it relies quite a bit on other material, but the points made are important for people to realize/remember. Full disclosure: Will Wilkinson and his fiancee (Kerry Howley) are facebook/IM friends of mine, and a close friend of mine was recently an intern at Cato. BTW, doesn't Will look like Cillian Murphy as The Scarecrow in that pic?


    http://www.cato.org/pubs/policy_repo.../cpr31n3-3.pdf
    A preposterous statement.

    Socialism is good. Capitalism is bad.
    Capitalism is good. Socialism is bad.
    Blah blah.

    They are both bad.
    A mixture of them is less than bad, though.
    To win is to lose.

    What happens if you give the socialists a free hand?
    Read history.

    Today, the money has the free hand.

    Money buys companies.
    Why?
    To run them to the ground.
    In order to increase the short time profit.

    What is wrong with the stock market?
    The investor does not settle. He is not a builder.
    He blows the building up.

    Do not base in what is not. Base in what is.

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