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The Economist Book of Business Quotations by Bill Ridgers

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“Capitalism

Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.

Al Capone, gangster (1899–1947)

Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.

Winston Churchill, British prime minister (1874–1965)

The historical debate is over. The answer is free-market capitalism.

Thomas Friedman, writer (1953–), The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization (1999)

It is probably true that business corrupts everything it touches. It corrupts politics, sports, literature, art, labour unions and so on. But business also corrupts and undermines monolithic totalitarianism. Capitalism is at its liberating best in ...

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