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Moral Capitalism by Stephen Young

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CHAPTER 3 BRUTE CAPITALISM: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST?

Greed is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed cuts through, clarifies, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.

—Gordon Gekko  (played by Michael Douglas) in the movie Wall Street

Veni, vidi, vici.

—Julius Caesar, as reported by Suetonius in The Twelve Caesars1

It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature, and that it ought to be effectively restrained from passing the limits assigned to it.

—The Federalist No. 48, Feb 1, 1788

THE VALUES WE CHOOSE TO LIVE BY have some say in determining our fates. Chinese, Japanese, and Mexican cultural priorities, to name only three autonomous value sets, bring about three shades of capitalism. A fourth variety of capitalism, ...

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