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Of course, blacks were treated unfairly in the pre-civil rights era market, because capitalism does not prohibit racism. But the capitalism of that day was the one true ameliorator of the barriers of race; the one place where in the hard unemotional currency of economic exchange, the worth of ethnically disfavored people was given value. Thus, in our society, and indeed in any society with a race problem (that is to say, any political compact whose members consist of more than one race), capitalism and markets are not the problem. They are part of the solution. Markets create reasons for people to focus their hearts and minds beyond their own cultures and ethnicities. They meld. They do not divide.
As proof of this assertion consider a question with a self-evident answer. Would African-Americans be more broadly assimilated into mainstream American life if the political movement to end discrimination against them hadn’t been dominated by people who held such enmity for the market, and who instilled that same enmity in a broad cross-section of the beneficiaries of their efforts? But then, that isn’t the fault of the left, is it? That’s the fault of the right.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?