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Capitalism has helped to move millions of people out of poverty.
  an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment — with the belief that adults can generally make better decisions for themselves than the government can; and that the voluntary exchange of labor, money, and property harnesses and directs inborn self-interest so it benefits decision makers and society
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Strongly Associated with:   socialism, communism
Most proponents of capitalism advocate that government intervene to handle problems "pure" capitalism does not handle well such as monopoly, shared costs and benefits (such as pollution or national defense), provision of a safety-net for those who are unlucky, ....
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  • Capitalism has helped to move millions of people out of poverty.
  • While most economist see benefits from capitalism, most voters associate it with heartlessness.
  • Capitalism may have an invisible hand pushing efficiency, but where is its heart?
  • Conservatives support capitalism because it is a way of steering our natural pursuit of self-interest toward the material betterment of society at large.
    Dinesh D’Souza  --  Letters to a Young Conservative

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  • Supporters of free markets often make the mistake of thinking of capitalism as something that exists in opposition to the state. When it is time to pay taxes, this view can be self-evident. But the reality is more complex. ... If one wanted to see what the absence of government produces, one need only look at Africa — it is not a free-market paradise.
    Fareed Zakaria  --  The Future of Freedom
  • The Internet will help achieve "friction free capitalism" by putting buyer and seller in direct contact and providing more information to both about each other.
    Bill Gates
  • Doing well is the result of doing good. That’s what capitalism is all about.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • What kind of society isn’t structured on greed? The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm; capitalism is that kind of a system.
    Milton Friedman
  • ...the West also devised a new way of organizing society around the institutions of science, democracy, and capitalism. The Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the Scientific Revolution were some of the major signposts on Western civilization’s road to modernity.
    Dinesh D’Souza  --  What’s So Great About America
  • The great capitalists devouring the little capitalists, concentrating the power and the tools of production in great masses...
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Secret Agent

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  • In the long term…technological capitalism is a powerful vehicle for promoting equality….Perhaps the best illustration of the egalitarian effects of techno-capitalism can be shown by life expectancy statistics. In 1900, the life expectancy in America was roughly fifty years. Rich people lived to the age of sixty, while poor people on average died at the age of forty-five….Today, life expectancy in America has climbed to seventy-eight years. The rich guy lives to the age of eighty, while the poor guy drops at the age of seventy-six….Technological capitalism has done more to raise the general standard of living, and to equalize circumstances of rich and poor, than all the government and philanthropic programs put together.
    Dinesh S’Souza  --  Letters to a Young Conservative
  • There is far less to-and-fro movement between the different groups than happened under capitalism or even in the pre-industrial age.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It started to become clear to Wes: the drug game was raw capitalism on overdrive with bullets, a pyramid scheme whose base was dead bodies and ruined lives.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Here were all the opportunities of the country, the land, and the buildings upon the land, the railroads, the mines, the factories, and the stores, all in the hands of a few private individuals, called capitalists, for whom the people were obliged to work for wages.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • In denying workers the value of what they have produced, the capitalists are undermining their own economic system.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • It’s capitalism: Cutthroat, profit-motivated and expedient.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • I said that the Freedom Charter was not a blueprint for socialism but for African-style capitalism.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • You considered the only unseen forces to be those of capitalism and the love of Jesus Christ.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Whatever it was called-feudalism and serfdom or capitalism and industrial workers, it was unnatural and unjust.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • After almost a year back home in America, he has become even more enraged by what he perceives as the injustice of the capitalist system.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Many people still live under inhuman conditions while they continue to produce commodities that make capitalists richer and richer.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He and a few others like him were the last links that now existed with the vanished world of capitalism.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • When any ordinary person spoke to a capitalist he had to cringe and bow to him, and take off his cap and address him as ’Sir’.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Everything is directed toward "normalcy," the folding into the fast-paced, material— and status-oriented capitalist value system.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • The centuries of capitalism were held to have produced nothing of any value.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It was the law by which every capitalist had the right to sleep with any woman working in one of his factories.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • These rich men were called capitalists.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • For all he knew there might never have been any such law as the jus primae noctis, or any such creature as a capitalist, or any such garment as a top hat.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • This was the uniform of the capitalists, and no one else was allowed to wear it.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Every capitalist went about with a gang of lackeys who-
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The capitalists owned everything in the world, and everyone else was their slave.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The chief of all the capitalists was called the King.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • And at the same time there were a very few people, only a few thousands — the capitalists, they were called — who were rich and powerful.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The point is, these capitalists — they and a few lawyers and priests and so forth who lived on them — were the lords of the earth.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Marija was really the capitalist of the party, for she had become an expert can painter by this time—she was getting fourteen cents for every hundred and ten cans, and she could paint more than two cans every minute.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • To the lower left of Ty was Tom Stenton, the world-striding CEO and self-described Capitalist Prime—he loved the Transformers—wearing an Italian suit and grinning like the wolf that ate Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • My father was very impressed by Faiz Mohammad and thought he talked a lot of sense, particularly about wanting to end the feudal and capitalist systems in our country, where the same big families had controlled things for years while the poor got poorer.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I’d never seen such stark poverty as what was on display in Jakarta, or such naked capitalism at work in the enormous factories and the Texas drawls coming from across the hotel lobby where the oil company executives were drinking.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Obviously I haven’t been there since speaking to former Officer Como the other day, and I’m having trouble conjuring my former daughter even setting foot in such a place (self-styled anti-capitalist as she was, or at least, anti—Sunny Medical Supply), much less being a manager of a women’s better-clothing store.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • All that time, plotting and making war, building up their capitalist empire, waiting for this moment when you are mortal, when the Oracles are vulnerable for a hostile takeover.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Their plans, they said, were to put the inmates to work in a public/private enterprise, a slick mixture of capitalism and communism.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • All I could make out were a few words from the titles of the posters: "Propagating Feudal, Capitalistic, and Revisionist Ideals"; "Poisoning our Youth."
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • These same capitalists hired the gravelly voiced, production-conscious Piedmont to keep the occasional sparks of resentment extinguished.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • By ENEMY we mean the powers of imperialism, the multi-nationals and the puppet powers that be, the false gods, the capitalists, the priests and teachers who give false interpretations.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Ever since your great-grandfather came back half-blind and mutilated from the Civil War and together with my father tried to set up a humble trade manufacturing snuff and chewing tobacco down in Beaufort County—only to have their dreams shattered when they were forced out of business by those piratical devils, Washington Duke and his son, "Buck" Duke—ever since my knowledge of that tragedy I have had an undying hatred for the vicious monopoly capitalism that tramples the little man.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But converting a Soviet-era factory to a Schwinn-owned, capitalist model of efficiency — this had been madness.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Kolya’s one of those Russian conglomerates taken over by a new branch of black-market capitalists.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Melancholy in a capitalist, like the appearance of a comet, presages some misfortune to the world.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Socialism and capitalism are economic systems.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He replied, "A capitalist,—an Insurer of Ships."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
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