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Exactly the opposite is true, says Father Robert Sirico in his thought-provoking book Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy. Father Sirico argues that a free economy actually promotes charity, selflessness, and kindness. In Defending the Free Market, he shows why free-market capitalism is not only the best way to ensure individual success and national prosperity but also the surest route to a moral and socially just society. Father Sirico shows why we can’t have freedom without a free economy, why the best way to help the poor is to a start a business, why charity works - but welfare doesn’t, and how he himself converted from being a leftist colleague of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden to recognizing the merits of a free economy.
In this heated presidential election year, the Left will argue that capitalism may produce winners, but it is cruel and unfair. Yet as Sirico proves here, capitalism does not simply provide opportunity for material success - it ensures a more ethical and moral society as well.
Reverend Robert A. Sirico has been active in public-policy affairs for more than 30 years and cofounded the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in 1990. He regularly lectures both in America and around the world, and his writings have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Review, and London Financial Times.
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By St. Joe's amigo on 11-03-15
Educational and informative
Whether you agree or disagree it with the founding principles of this book they are worth considering. There are insights that may give more effective answers to national/global problems than most of what has been tried. I did not agree with 100% but I thought it was an excellent book.
By Reuben on 03-11-13
Visionary, demands consideration
A fantastic listen. Sirico not only demonstrates the flawed nature of many of the arguments advocated by socialism and other government interventionist positions, he clearly illustrates through his own transformation and many other varied interesting stories why the free market and capitalism is superior in every way. Of course Sirico argues for a true form of capitalism restricted by moral law, which proves a constant theme throughout. Apparently not content with the traditional arguments of greater prosperity for all Sirico convincingly demonstrates why a true form of capitalism (as opposed to cronyism) is the truly moral form of governance.