The Voice of Reason

Observe the paradoxes built up about capitalism. 
It has been called a system of selfishness,  
yet it is the only system 
that drew people to unite 
on a large scale into great countries
and peacefully to cooperate across national boundaries
while all the collectivist, internationalist, One-World systems 
are splitting the world into Balkanized tribes.
Capitalism has been called a system of greed
yet it is the system 
that raised the standard of living of its poorest citizens to heights 
no collectivist system has ever begun to equal, 
and no tribal gang can conceive of.
Capitalism has been called nationalistic 
yet it is the only system that banished ethnicity, 
and made it possible, 
in the United States (and most parts of Canada), 
for men and women of various, 
formerly antagonistic nationalities to live together in peace.
Capitalism has been called cruel
yet it brought such hope, progress and general good will 
that the young people of today, who have not seen it, 
find it hard to believe.
As to pride, dignity, self-confidence, self-esteem
these are characteristics that mark a person for martyrdom 
in a tribal society 
and under any social system 
except capitalism.
Ayn Rand : Global Balkanization,”