Friday, January 25, 2008

How can capitalism be kind?

I was reminded today about my previous post about Bill Gates' call for a kinder capitalism when reading the following:
"The capitalist achievement does not typically consist in providing more silk stockings for queens but in bringing them within the reach of factory girls in return for steadily decreasing amounts of effort ... the capitalist process, not by coincidence but by virtue of its mechanism, progressively raises the standard of life of the masses."
Joseph Schumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (pp. 67-68)

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