The world you live in continues to experience periodic economic crises. Many political demagogues, who know little of economics, would have you believe the culprit is capitalism when in reality the continued crises have been caused by government interference and manipulation of the marketplace.

It is only necessary to ask yourself, and answer with total honesty: Have we ever lived under true capitalism? Has mankind ever tried living without government interference in commerce?

"Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned." The right to one's rightfully acquired property implies the right to enjoy one's property without it being stolen by government taxation. Have we ever tried it?

A little more clear-sighted study than many people choose to pursue points to the fact that true capitalism does not cause economic crises, actually eliminates poverty and war, and in fact is the only truly moral system. The messenger in the short video below might not seem as charming and eloquent as Barack Obama or Mike Huckabee, but give yourself the treat of ignoring surface appearances and listening to the message:

The most important moral foundation of capitalism is the freedom of individuals to make mistaken judgments and learn from their mistakes. The question capitalism leaves one free to answer deeper and deeper again and yet even deeper is: "What do I really, really, really want?" Here's how Ayn Rand put it in a letter to her cousin:

"If you really want my advice, if you really think that I am intelligent and you attach importance to my opinion, here is my most urgent advice: You must forget everything and everybody, and ask yourself only one question: what do you want for your own personal happiness? - Ayn Rand (in a letter to her cousin Vladimir Kondheim)

Here's how Jesus Christ says it:

"If you realized that you do not perceive your own best interests, you could be taught what they are. But in the presence of your conviction that you do know what they are, you cannot learn.

"In no situation which arises do you realize the outcome that would make you happy. Therefore you have no guide to appropriate action, and no way of judging the results. What you do is determined by your perception of the situation, and that perception is wrong. It is inevitable, then, that you will not serve your own best interests. Yet they [your own best interests] are your only goal in any situation which is correctly perceived. -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles