Nathan Strong is obviously a dyed-in-the-wool communist, so nothing I say is going to change his mind, but for the people who might be swayed I thought I should respond to his letter [“Green Capitalism Still Sucks,” March 30 Xpress].
What he forgets is that most people work simply and purely for the money they get paid. I would be surprised if one one-millionth of a percent of the population of the United States work purely because they love their job. For the rest of us there are no jobs that we would do without pay. I love my job here in Asheville, but if I were independently wealthy, I would not be doing it.
The purpose of an economy is not to be “fair” (whose idea of fair would you use exactly?) or to provide everyone, or even the largest number of people, with all they need (just because you need something does not mean you deserve it). Economic systems exist to reward, and thus encourage, work and innovation.
History has proven that a country with an economic system that does not reward innovation and work can’t survive. Russia had more people, more natural resources and more land than America, but less innovation because of its economic system. Europe has had significantly less innovation than the states in the past decades and thus has been hit much harder than us in the recent economic crises.
Strong is also laughably wrong in stating that those who work with their hands are the main drivers of the economy. Economies are driven by new ideas, new ways of thinking. The innovators are the drivers of all; they are rare and thus worth much more and are significantly more difficult to replace if they immigrate to another country where their talents are more respected (as Europe has learned over the past few years).
If the choice is between the dictatorship of the proletariat or rule by the wealthy (checked by the votes of the entire populace) I would much rather be ruled by the educated, the motivated and the successful.
— Daniel Cole