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Unformatted text preview: elephant show, we can’t rely on admirable qualities alone to protect rare or endangered animals. 9|Page Capitalism Critique Affirmative BDL Capitalism Good – Inequality [___] [___] Capitalism helps to decrease global inequality Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, 2008 (Writing for Time Magazine. 7/31/08 "Making Capitalism More Creative", http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1828417,00.html) It might seem strange to talk about creative capitalism when we're paying more than $4 for a gallon of gas and people are having trouble paying their mortgages. There's no doubt that today's economic troubles are real; people feel them deeply, and they deserve immediate attention. Creative capitalism isn't an answer to the relatively short-term ups and downs of the economic cycle. It's a response to the longer-term fact that too many people are missing out on a historic, century-long improvement in the quality of life. In many nations, life expectancy has grown dramatically in the past 100 years. More people vote in elections, express their views and enjoy economic freedom than ever before. Even with all the problems we face today, we are at a high point of human well-being. The world is getting a lot better. The problem is, it's not getting better fast enough, and it's not getting better for everyone. One billion people live on less than a dollar a day. They don't have enough nutritious food, clean water or electricity. The amazing innovations that have made many lives so muc h better — like vaccines and microchips — have largely passed them by. This is where governments and nonprofits come in. As I see it, there are two great forces of human nature: self -interest and caring for others. Capitalism harnesses self-interest in a helpful and sustainable way but only on behalf of those who can pay. Government aid and philanthropy channel our caring for those who can't pay. And the world will make lasting progress on the big inequities that remain — problems like AIDS, poverty and education — only if governments and nonprofits do their part by giving more aid and more effective aid. But the improvements will happen faster and last longer if we can channel market forces, including innovation that's tailored to the needs of the poorest, to complement what governments and nonprofits do. We need a system that draws in innovators and businesses in a far better way than we do today. 10 | P a g e Capitalism Critique Affirmative BDL Capitalism Good – Democracy [___] [___] Capitalism is key to democracy Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Prof of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, 2005 (“The Second Great Transformation: Human Rights Leapfrogging in the Era of Globalization,” Human Rights Quarterly, 2005, p. 24-5) One piece of good news, however, is that almost all countries of the world now accept capitalism. Rueschmeyer, Stephens, and Stephens have shown the connection between capitalism and democracy: capitalism is a necessary, though not sufficient, prerequisite for democracy. Both quantitative and qualitative studies finding a correlation between capital...
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