This is Part 3 of a 4-part series, in which I replied to comments made under the op-ed by Frayda Levin, an Americans for Prosperity board member, titled I'm A Proud Koch Brothers Insider. For a deep, integrated history of capitalism, I recommend The Capitalist Manifesto by Andrew Bernstein.
“[A] complex global economy cannot function in a 18th century Jeffersonian utopia.”Get Real
So a free society in which every individual can think and act on his own judgement, pursue his own values, keep his earned rewards and must take responsibility for his own failings, under a government limited to protecting his right and an economy based on voluntary trade to mutual advantage, is utopian? What is the anti-utopia—a handful of central planning, all-powerful government masterminds imbued with superior wisdom, omniscience, and infallibility running hundreds of millions of lives in perfect harmony? You have it exactly backward: Freedom is the realistic ideal. Statism is utopian.
Atlas Shrugged—Ayn Rand
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal—Ayn Rand
Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America—Mark R. Levin