Look, I know it’s hard to do when the coronavirus is coming after us, but stand up and cheer. The world is better off than ever. People are healthier and living longer. Poverty is shrinking. Hundreds of millions of people have been rescued from misery. People are eating better than ever before, and, believe it or not, that makes them smarter and taller.
The chief instrument of all of this is capitalism. It not only has made us richer but it has enlarged the scope of our lives, and it is right now a major tool in confronting pandemic damage.
You wouldn’t guess as much if you tuned into the congressional debate on a $2 trillion bill and heard Democrats saying the last thing you want to do is give money to big corporations.
Excuse me, but some have been seriously wounded and, with recovery, they can remain a crucial force in providing all kinds of needed tools in fighting COVID-19 and, what’s more, be a major fount of income for families facing unimaginable living conditions. You can’t even have welfare if you don’t have businesses and employees providing taxes.
And look, did you notice that those loyal to their ideology but not to the American people also wanted to direct money to climate change and all kinds of other causes having nothing to do with today’s crisis?