Letter of the week in The Press:
“Remember every time you enjoy a latte … you are lucky to have the benefits of capitalism,” writes The Press’s letter writer of the week.
In answer to Gareth Morgan and Susan Guthrie (“Reviving the values of an egalitarian society,” Perspective, Nov 21), I’m for business, technology and the highest wages I can generate . . .
The countries that have experienced the flow-down from the Industrial Revolution are immeasurably better off than those that haven’t. . .
Please don’t tell me that you won’t permit me to have my washing machine, my automobile, my iPhone or the wages I earn.
You can live in any way you choose (I will not interfere) and spend your money the way you choose on the priorities you value.
Remember, every time you enjoy a latte or an organic salad, you are lucky to have the benefits of capitalism at your beck and call, and it not only saves and extends your life, but enhances your life beyond measure.
I’m against your egalitarianism, your environmentalism, and every other anti-man dogma you can invent. You can keep your redistribution of rewards according to your primitive outlook. I’m for laissez-faire! – D. McFarland.
Capitalism isn’t perfect but no-one has yet come up with a sustainable alternative.