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Opinion Column by Menckens Ghost
Capitalism should be thrown into the dustbin of history.
Not the economic system of capitalism, but the word "capitalism."
The word has such negative connotations that it has become a pejorative to call someone a capitalist.
Karl Marx was the first to use the word to flagellate the bourgeoisie. Now in a form of self-flagellation, capitalists use the word on themselves.
A case in point is the new book by the noted conservative intellectual, Jonah Goldberg: Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy. He makes similar points that I've been making for years but is a much more gifted thinker and writer. In the process, however, he uses the word "capitalism" in his defense of capitalism—just as I will use the word in this commentary to explain why the word should no longer be used.
The problem with using the word is that capitalism has bec
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