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    excellent pastries, for those who could afford them, but only because they inherited the traditions of the pre-Revolutionary Russian aristocracy, imported from Vienna and Paris.

    Capitalism is not a system in anything like the way that Marxist/Leninist/Stalinist Soviet Communism was.  Particular versions of capitalism in particular countries in particular periods have been spectacularly successful at creating individual wealth and even general prosperity, and others spectacularly disastrous.

    Chinese Communist capitalism is one of the most interesting cases, not least because it is spreading among more than a billion people as fast as the government can build railroad and phone networks westward, construct power plants, and institute village elections. When the entire population can participate both in economics and government (even with the expected restrictions starting out), there will be vast consequences, much bigger than anything we have seen so far.

    America—We built that!

    by Mokurai on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 12:47:20 PM PST

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