Capitalism Quotes

Capital is money, capital is commodities. virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs. - Karl Marx


Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate. - Bertrand Russell


The far right seeks to retain the material progress of American capitalism while removing some of its crucial causes and consequences -- as though a bridge could be made to change part of its function by blowing up part of its supports and part of its exit. - Ronald Segal


The first rule of venture capitalism should be Shoot the Inventor. - Sir Richard Storey


What breaks capitalism, all that will ever break capitalism, is capitalists. The faster they run the more strain on their heart. - Raymond WilliamsMaking capitalism out of socialism is like making eggs out of an omelet. - Vadim Bakatin


Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell. - Frank Borman


The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. - Winston Churchill


History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom. Clearly it is not a sufficient condition. - Milton Friedman


Capital is a result of labor, and is used by labor to assist it in further production. Labor is the active and initial force, and labor is therefore the employer of capital. - Henry George


The unpleasant and unacceptable face of capitalism. - Edward Heath

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights. - Abraham Lincoln

We are not just here to manage capitalism but to change society and to define its finer values. - Tony Benn


Capitalism and communism stand at opposite poles. Their essential difference is this: The communist, seeing the rich man and his fine home, says: 'No man should have so much.' The capitalist, seeing the same thing, says: 'All men should have as much.' - Phelps H. Adams


Making capitalism out of socialism is like making eggs out of an omelet. - Vadim Bakatin


Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians. (Speech at GOP Presidential Convention, 1992) - Pat Robertson


This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it. - Alphonse 'Al' Capone


Capitalism needs to function like a game of tug-of-war. Two opposing sides need to continually struggle for dominance, but at no time can either side be permitted to walk away with the rope. - Andrew Carnegie


Capitalism is a social cancer. It has always been a social cancer. It is the disease of society. It is the malignancy of society. - Murray Bookchin


The market is not an invention of capitalism. It has existed for centuries. It is an invention of civilization.-Mikhail Gorbachev


The New Deal's enmity for that system of free and competitive private enterprise which we call capitalism was fundamental.-Garet Garrett


The paradigm of competition is a race: by rewarding the winner, we encourage everyone to run faster. When capitalism really works this way, it does a good job; but its defenders are wrong in assuming it always works this way.-Richard Stallman


The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system.-Milton Friedman


The problem with K-12 education is socialism and the solution is capitalism.-Peter Brimelow


The way the credit cards were made in the '80s to be a people's form of capitalism and be able to make it so that you could get a loan that you would have been denied previous, now that's the way stocks are.-Jim Cramer


There are a few people, but a diminishing number, who still believe that Marxism, as an economic system, off era a coherent alternative to capitalism, and socialism has, indeed, triumphed in one country.-Herbert Read


There are no two countries with the same style of economic mechanism, with the same capitalism.-Anatoly Chubais


There are people who don't like capitalism, and people who don't like PCs. But there's no-one who likes the PC who doesn't like Microsoft.-Bill Gates


There is a serious tendency toward capitalism among the well-to-do peasants.-Mao Tse-Tung


They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?-Fidel Castro


This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.-Al Capone


Under capitalism each individual engages in economic planning.-George Reisman


Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.-John Kenneth Galbraith


Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden.-Orson Scott Card


We are not just here to manage capitalism but to change society and to define its finer values.-Tony Benn


We can't fool ourselves that they will ever be enough to overthrow Capitalism. If we're serious about that we need to organise ourselves in our workplaces and communities, making the links with other workers internationally.-John Blair


We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism.-Huey Newton


We modern Marxists regard socialism as a historically brief transitional stage between feudalism and capitalism, necessary only in backward countries.-John McCarthy


We're not short of movements proclaiming that a different world is possible, but unless we can coordinate them into an international movement, capitalism just laughs at all these little organisations.-Jose Saramago


I have said it already, I am convinced that the way to build a new and better world is not capitalism. Capitalism leads us straight to hell.-Hugo Chavez


I invested in many companies, and I'm happy this one worked. This is capitalism. You invest in stock, it goes up, it goes down. You know, if you don't like capitalism, you don't like making money with stock, move to Cuba or China.-Terry McAuliffe


I think President Obama has used the bully pulpit as a way to attack capitalism.-Jeb Bush


I think Russians today have a distorted picture of capitalism, liberal democracy and market economy.-Garry Kasparov


I think the most important factor in getting out of the recession actually is just the regenerative capacity of - of American capitalism.-Warren Buffett


I was guilty of judging capitalism by its operations and socialism by its hopes and aspirations; capitalism by its works and socialism by its literature.-Sidney Hook


I was just very interested in the American frontier and the growth of capitalism - those enormous fortunes that were being made, more often than not, on the blood of poor people, black people, Indian people. They were the ones who paid very dearly for those great fortunes.-Peter Matthiessen


I'm afraid for all those who'll have the bread snatched from their mouths by these machines. What business has science and capitalism got, bringing all these new inventions into the works, before society has produced a generation educated up to using them!-Henrik Ibsen


If allowed to run free of the social system, capitalism will attempt to corrupt and undermine democracy, which is after all not a natural state.-John Ralston Saul


If I had to give a definition of capitalism I would say: the process whereby American girls turn into American women.-Christopher Hampton


If it is, in reality, capitalism that is the motor force behind the destructive forms of globalization, then it must be in their capacity to neutralize or transform this particular mode of exploitation that one can best test these various forms of resistance to the West.-Fredric Jameson


If it were necessary to give the briefest possible definition of imperialism, we should have to say that imperialism is the monopoly stage of capitalism.-Vladimir Lenin


In the democratic western countries so-called capitalism leads a saturnalia of "freedom," like a bastard brother of reform.-Wyndham Lewis


In the Europe which was created by the Second World War, divided into two blocks, each in need of a revolution that would end the abuses and injustices of capitalism and the privileges of a bureaucratic caste, collective faith does not exist.-Juan Goytisolo


In the last quarter of the eighteenth century bourgeois Europe needed to emancipate itself from that combination of feudalism and commercial capitalism which we know as mercantilism.-C. L. R. James


In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy.-Fran Lebowitz


Incendiary capitalism is carrying its out evil works more dangerously than ever, and is doing so in the increasingly dangerous neighborhood of the powder kegs that are the great European military powers.-Karl Liebknecht


It has been true in Western societies and it seems to be true elsewhere that you do not find democratic systems apart from capitalism, or apart from a market economy, if you prefer that term.-Peter L. Berger


It is because the fight against the harshest aspects of unrestricted capitalism is therefore a political problem and not an intellectual one that community action remains so essential.-Barney Frank


It is no longer an unwritten law of American capitalism that industry will attempt to maintain wages at a level that allows a single wage to support a family.-Christopher Lasch

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