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16 Sep, 17 tweets, 2 min read
Capitalism is freedom because only when your property rights are fully respected are you safe to speak your mind from home.
Capitalism is freedom because it's the only system that allows ordinary people to say "no" to deals they don't like.
Capitalism is freedom because how can people be free if they don't own the capital of their own labor?
Capitalism is freedom because profit is the only outcome people will voluntarily pursue in great numbers.
Capitalism is freedom because fraud is compulsion, and capitalism is the only system that makes it illegal.
Capitalism is freedom because it's the only system that values cooperation and competition above compulsion.
Capitalism is freedom because it lets you vote a hundred times a day - or not at all, as you prefer.
Capitalism is freedom because it values the future over the past, and the future is the only place where we get to make choices.
Capitalism is freedom because it's the only system that cares equally about costs and benefits, and you can only be free when both of them matter.
Capitalism is freedom because the owners of capital must be persuaded, not commanded. That is a defining attribute of ownership.
Capitalism is freedom because it's the only system where mistakes are both expensive and valuable.
Capitalism is freedom because oppression is all about taking things away.
Capitalism is freedom because it doesn't have to shoot people who want to escape from it. It knows they'll come back on their own.
Capitalism is freedom because it's the only system where questions are perpetual and answers are temporary.
Capitalism is freedom because it takes a great deal of force to make people live any other way.
Capitalism is freedom because without it, ballots are just suggestions.
I know capitalism is freedom because I see oppression in its absence, like shadows closing around a departing light. /end

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