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How Capitalism Will save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today's Economyby Steve Forbes
Synopses & Reviews
Has capitalism failed?
Is it fundamentally greedy and immoral, enabling the rich to get richer? Are free markets Darwinian places where the most ruthless crush smaller competitors, where vital products and services are priced beyond the ability of many people to afford them?
Capitalism is the world's greatest economic success story. It is the most effective way to provide for the needs of people and foster the democratic and moral values of a free society. Yet the worst recession in decades has widely—and understandably—shaken people's faith in our system. Even before the current crisis, capitalism received a "bad rap" from a culture ambivalent about free markets and wealth creation. This crisis of confidence is preventing a full recognition of how we got into the mess we're in today—and why capitalism continues to be the best route to prosperity.
How Capitalism Will Save Us transcends labels such as "conservative" and "liberal" by showing how the economy really works. When free people in free markets have energy to solve problems and meet the needs and wants of others, they turn scarcity into abundance and develop the innovations that are the foremost drivers of economic growth. The freedom of democratic capitalism is, for example, what enabled Henry Ford to take a plaything of the rich—the car—and transform it into something affordable to working people.
In the capitalist system, economic growth doesn't mean more of the same—grinding out a few more widgets every year. It's about change to increase overall wealth and give more people the chance for a better life.
Addresses key issues about the fundamentals of a free-market economy to explain why democratic capitalism is more effective than other systems in improving everyday life, providing coverage of topics ranging from taxes and health care to the causes of the recent financial crisis.
Has capitalism failed?
Is it fundamentally greedy and immoral, enabling the rich to get richer? Are free markets Darwinian places where the most ruthless crush smaller competitors, where vital products and services are
Table of Contents
Is capitalism moral? — Isn't capitalism brutal? — Aren't the rich getting richer at other people's expense? — Aren't higher taxes the price we pay for a humane society? — Don't regulations safeguard the public good? — Isn't free trade and globalization destroying American jobs and the economies of other nations? — Is affordable healthcare possible in a free market? — Isn't government needed to direct the economy.
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