Tuesday, April 04, 2017

I just returned from a weekend in Florida for the funeral of my wife's Grandmother. May Mary Tess Hoyt and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace!

Read this at The Imaginative Conservative on whether Capitalism is the enemy of the family. Here are some thoughts to contemplate (whether you are a Capitalist or otherwise) - quotes being from Dr. Allan Carlson's recent essay (link not provided):
“Simply put, capitalism—at the most basic level—has a vested interest in family weakness,” he (Carlson) argues. Traditionally, and well into America’s founding period, autonomous, self-sufficient families and communities were considered the ideal and necessary foundation for civilization: culturally, educationally and economically. This was indeed a view espoused notably by Thomas Jefferson. “Capitalism, however, grows as it takes over tasks and functions once performed by families or within closely knit communities, and reorganizes them on the industrial model.” Capitalism’s takeover begins with yarn, then clothing, food processing and transportation, and finally almost everything, supported in its efforts by the state, which takes over culture through mandatory schooling and child-welfare regulation.

In the end, the author believes Carlson's argument is not with all Capitalism:
All in all, Dr. Carlson’s case against capitalism is powerful. However, as his distinction between small companies and Wall Street illuminates, his argument is not against all capitalism but against what most people would call crony capitalism—i.e., large firms manipulating state regulatory power to gain more than what a free market would give them.  Indeed, crony capitalism should be the proper target of Dr. Carlson’s entire critique.

Oremus pro invicem!

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