The Left has seized on our economic troubles as an excuse to “blame the rich” and paint a picture of capitalism and the free market as selfish, greedy, and cruel. Political leaders and “Occupy” protesters across the country assert that the free market is not only unforgiving, it is morally corrupt. It is argued that only by allowing the government to heavily control and regulate business and by redistributing the wealth can we ensure fairness and compassion.
Father Robert Sirico posits that the opposite is true. He argues that a free economy actually promotes charity, selflessness, and kindness. And in Defending the Free Market, he shows why free-market capitalism is not only the best way to ensure individual success and national prosperity, but also the surest route to a moral and socially just society. The Left will acknowledge that capitalism may produce winners, but it is cruel and unfair. Father Sirico, on the other hand, maintains that capitalism does not simply provide opportunity for material success, it ensures a more ethical and moral society as well.
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The Reverend Robert Sirico has been active in public policy affairs for more than thirty years. He co-founded the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in 1990 and regularly lectures both in this country and around the world. His writings have appeared in various publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, National Review, the London Financial Times, Crisis Magazine, and the New York Times
More About the Speakers
The Reverend Robert Sirico
Jennifer A. Marshall
Vice President for the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, and the Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Fellow