Sunday, 14 September 2008

CAPITALISM

No, not capitalism, CAPITALISM - the INSISTENCE on using UPPER case for ALL the SIGNIFICANT words in EVERY SENTENCE, ESPECIALLY in ELECTRONIC formats like THIS one. CAPITALISTS do not REALISE that CAPITALISING a sentence's most IMPORTANT words makes it HARDER not EASIER to understand. CAPITALISTS, I implore you: rely instead on the natural emphasis inherent in well constructed prose. Listen to the rhythm of what you write: if the words don't jive, rearrange them, don't just make some of them bigger.

But if it was capitalism you were after, I don't want to disappoint you. Here's where you can find out more about capitalism:
  • The Ayn Rand Lexicon for a basic definition and further explication drawn from AR's writings. The entry starts with this:
    Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned.

    The recognition of individual rights entails the banishment of physical force from human relationships: basically, rights can be violated only by means of force. In a capitalist society, no man or group may initiate the use of physical force against others. The only function of the government, in such a society, is the task of protecting man’s rights, i.e., the task of protecting him from physical force; the government acts as the agent of man’s right of self-defense, and may use force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use; thus the government is the means of placing the retaliatory use of force under objective control.

  • The ARI's Capitalism page for op-eds, articles, lectures, videos and books aimed at the general public and businessmen

  • Clemson Institute for a university website with links to study resources.

  • If you read just one book from the Clemson's bibliography of capitalism classics, let it be Frederic Bastiat's The Law

The strangled remnants of capitalism in today's mixed economies are responsible for the wealth and freedom we still enjoy. If we understood the moral foundations of capitalism, we would clamour for less, not more regulation of economic activity.

5 comments:

  1. My TYPOGRAPHY professor hates CAPITALISTS.

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  2. Are you a typography obsessive? Verdana! Georgia! Monotype Bembo! Adobe Caslon! Serifs (and sans-serifs) are up there with seraphim.

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  3. I kind of have to be since I am getting a degree in graphic design. Georgia and Verdana are some of my favorite typefaces right now.

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  4. Zardoz9:07 am

    LOL! I hate CAPITALISTS and I love capitalists.

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  5. You love capitalists? Then you must be a wicked, selfish person, because capitalism, though stunningly effective in achieving freedom and prosperity, is a selfish system. It rewards only those who act in their own self interest - the rational, the productive, the creative, the independent, the ambitious.

    I think there's one word too many in the above paragraph. What word can it be? What word doesn't belong with the rest?

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