Capitalism is more than an ‘intellectual argument’

Is the president crazy or simply ill-informed?

I pose the question in light of Barack Obama’s remarks to Argentina youth:

“So often in the past there has been a division between left and right, between capitalists and communists or socialists, and especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate. Those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical and just choose from what works. You don’t have to worry about whether it really fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory. You should just decide what works.”

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The Mass that changed the course of the 20th century

Poland had been brutalized by atheism for nearly four decades.
First, Nazism killed one out of five Poles during World War II. Communism wisked in following the war and tried to suck the economic and spiritual life out of a proud, but wounded nation.
As always with collectivist states, the economy tanked. But the Catholic Church refused to bend to the will of the atheists who declared war on religious freedom.
An uneasy truce between Church and State came to a head on June 2nd, 1979.

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The summer of hope

It began on June 2nd, 34 years ago today. The year was 1979 when the Alitalia jetliner set down in a land that time forgot for 123 years of its thousand year history. A Man in White with kind eyes stepped onto the tarmac. He knelt and kissed the earth. What was he thinking?

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“The State shall take, the State shall give.”

Karl Marx famously and mellifluously described the wonders of communism: “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” David Mamet, the great playwright and liberal-turned-conservative, punctured Marx’s deceit with this great quote:

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