Friday, March 25, 2005

WOW... A Kennedy who actually makes sense!

The following quotes come via Kevin Carson and Jeffery Smith. Yes, some people may roll their eyes at the sight of blog posts that are merely quotes of other blogs and/or people, but I don't care one bit. My blog, my rules.

Anywhoo, as the title suggests, it seems as if a Kennedy has been discovered who actually makes some sense. That Kennedy would happen to be Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The subject: corporate capitalism, free markets and environmentalism. Here are his words on the subject:
You show me a polluter and I’ll show you a subsidy. I’ll show you a fat cat using political clout to escape the discipline of the free market and load his production costs onto the backs of the public.

The fact is, free-market capitalism is the best thing that could happen to our environment, our economy, our country. Simply put, true free-market capitalism, in which businesses pay all the costs of bringing their products to market, is the most efficient and democratic way of distributing the goods of the land – and the surest way to eliminate pollution. Free markets, when allowed to function, properly value raw materials and encourage producers to eliminate waste – pollution – by reducing, reusing, and recycling.

In a real-market economy, when you make yourself rich, you enrich your community.

The truth is, I don’t even think of myself as an environmentalist anymore. I consider myself a free-marketeer.

Corporate capitalists don’t want free markets, they want dependable profits, and their surest route is to crush the competition by controlling the government.

Let’s not forget that we taxpayers give away $65 billion every year in subsidies to big oil, and more than $35 billion a year in subsidies to western welfare cowboys. Those subsidies helped create the billionaires who financed the right-wing revolution on Capitol Hill and put George W. Bush in the White House.


Blogger born to run said...

People have got to learn that true free-marketers don't support corporate welfare. Maybe since this is coming from a Kennedy, people on the left will listen.

1:14 PM  
Blogger jomama said...

That is hard to believe.

Kinda like what happens to preachers'

When they leave the nest they usually
reject the religion they were taught.

8:18 PM  
Blogger John David Galt said...

On its own, Kennedy's statement is very pro-freedom and seems to show that the libertarian movement may finally be getting somewhere. But I'd like to see the context.

What makes me skeptical is Kennedy's choice of employer. Riverkeeper funds terrorists, as documented at

6:19 PM  

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