In Jim Cook's Archive


The sentiments of most government employees and those who enforce the rules are fiercely anti-business. They have little or no knowledge of how the market system works. They see business as greed-driven, and profits as an evil that government should control. The left doesn’t understand wealth creation. They don’t understand that profits come from meeting the needs of others by providing products and services that please consumers and improve living standards. They don’t realize that consumers are the rulers of the free market because their buying choices determine the success or failure of the companies competing to serve them. They are unaware that to serve one’s self-interest, the capitalist must first serve the self-interest of others. This is the moral underpinning of free enterprise. But rather than notice the unassailable high moral ground of free-market capitalism, they prefer to see greed and inequality.

The same kind of anti-business attitude proliferates in the media. Both TV and cinema portray business leaders as criminals. The newspapers, magazines, and book publishers are infested with liberal writers expressing a dislike of capitalism. Churchmen reflect these same sentiments. Professors and teachers often sneer at the system that has given them the highest living standard in history. When influential media voices scorn the capitalist system, it turns public attitudes against business. This trend can already be seen in court rulings and various regulations that hurt business. Judges and the court system tend to be grossly anti-business. The progressives want to move away from free markets towards a heavily controlled marketplace where most profits go into government coffers.

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