Both capitalism and socialism suppress innovation in their pure forms. The capitalist impulse is to gain a monopoly even to the point of buying up the government. The socialist impulse is to suffocate incentive. In fact the human spirt naturally reflects both the socialist impulse to work together for the common good and the independent capitalist impulse to work for the personal good — balance. Moreover, it is a sophomoric impulse to obsess over ideology. Ideology only requires a few absolute rules that do alway with having to do complex thinking — child’s play.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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