Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "markets"

Dalrymple on Capitalism and the Poor

I've often lamented the inability of conservatives and Republicans to articulate how capitalism is really the best system to help lift the poor out of poverty. Liberals rightly raise the issue of the poor, but their solutions seem to keep poor entrapped. Conservatives often rightly decry these programs but don't often articulately explain why capitalism and free markets (combined with robust social institutions) are the best vehicle (in an imperfect, fallen world) to more permanently raise the poor from poverty. My friend Timothy Dalrymple is a rare exception. A gifted wordsmith, he's an eloquent defender of capitalism. In an article about Mitt Romney's recent gaffe, he says: But Mitt, like Republicans in general, needs to reclaim the language of compassion for the poor.  It’s not compassionate to leave the very poor tangled up in our social safety nets.  It’s not compassionate to promote dependency.  What is compassionate — what actually serves the...

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