If we want to celebrate peace on earth this Christmas, then perhaps we should be celebrating capitalism and everything it represents.
Peace is not simply the absence of war. It is also the absence of any form of tyranny. It is a condition that arises whenever the use of force and fraud are prohibited in human relationships.
There is only one form of governance that fits this description – an unknown ideal that continues to be so even as the world desperately seeks a solution to the problems that it would solve.
“Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned,” explained Ayn Rand in Capitalism – The Unknown Ideal. “In a capitalist society, all human relationships are voluntary.”
In the latest attempt to destroy the concept of capitalism, Klaus Schwab has introduced the anti-concept of “stakeholder capitalism” in which we will all “own nothing and be happy.”
Of course, the reality is that capitalism is a system in which each individual owns what is rightfully earned, and where happiness is up to each individual to pursue and achieve.
The world is constantly at war, elaborated Rand, “because the dominant political philosophy is statism. Statism – in fact and in principle – is nothing more than gang rule. It is not a system conducive to brotherhood, security, cooperation, and peace.”
Our understanding of the world and everything around us is based on the definition of the words and concepts that we use. If those definitions are incorrect, then so too is our understanding of the world. Unless we come to view capitalism in a way that is Just Right, peace on earth will forever remain an unknown ideal.
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