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Quotational Therapy: Part 89 -- Greed Is Good.

And Capitalism Is Good Too-


"The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed -- for lack of a better word -- is good.

Greed is right.

Greed works.

Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.

Greed, in all of its forms -- greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge -- has marked the upward surge of mankind.

And greed -- you mark my words -- will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA."

Oliver Stone seems to have intended his movie Wall Street to be an indictment of capitalism. Yes, the very system of capitalism that made millions for Stone, but never mind. Stone inadvertently came up with a trenchant defense of capitalism through Gordon Gecko's speech at a shareholders' meeting, which is one of the better soliloquies in cinema.

If you don't like the term 'greed', perhaps the more polite term 'enlightened self-interest' suits you more. They amount to the same thing.


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Posted by Ken McCracken · 7 April 2006 09:03 AM


GREED...I'll get you my pretty! And your little dog too!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 7, 2006 10:26 AM


Posted by: Ken McCracken at April 7, 2006 10:58 AM

Me, me, me I, give me. Myself all for me! Mine. Me. I. More for me! I'll take that!... Sorry I have to think of myself first...Meme Self

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 7, 2006 02:41 PM

Good for whom?

Posted by: PACT America at April 8, 2006 11:06 PM

Good for everyone. Everyone benefits from an efficient distribution of resources, and capitalism is the only way to ensure this.

You want a system that squanders resources, and leaves everyone in poverty? Try socialism.

Posted by: Ken McCracken at April 9, 2006 12:32 AM

The correct definition of greed is expecting something you haven't earned and demanding that something is taken from someone who did earn it. Liberalism is greed.

Posted by: bullwinkle at April 10, 2006 04:52 PM

BTW, greed isn't good but you're using the wrong word. What you are calling greed is ambition and the will to earn the things you want.

Posted by: bullwinkle at April 10, 2006 04:54 PM