Atlas Shrugged and My Views On Capitalism

I’ve been told in the past that my views are “socialist” and that I want to “hurt the rich” with my views. That’s not the case, at all. In fact, I agree it’s a very negative thing for the world to lead that direction. I’ve spoke about capitalism with a social conscience before, which is what I believe in. Socialism is state mandated social conscience. It goes too far, because it’s nearly impossible to reign yourself in when you’re dealing with someone else. What I’m talking about is the knowledge that each and every person has a responsibility to themselves, and to their community. It doesn’t take a lot to make a change. In Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand tackles the idea that state mandated social conscience will bring about the end of the world as we know it. It’s a very clear, and truly terrifying, idea.

But, we don’t need state mandated social conscience to make sure that the world is benefiting. What we need are people who are not afraid of finding the profit in helping humans, and who are willing to profit without gouging. Too often is the business of helping people abused to price gouge, such as the health care industry, medicine, etc. People feel profit should be first, innovation second, and some where down the line, near the end, social good comes into play. I’m fine with this, what I hope for is a change in thinking, not a change in political regulation. If you want to gouge prices, and charge thousands of dollars for a ten cent item, that’s great. I just hope for an intelligent businessman to come through, and to setup a business to do just what you do, but charge 1/10th of the price, and still profit.

Competition is good. Competition keeps people moving, and keeps prices low, and quality high.

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