“Good Things About Capitalism”

While socialists and anarchists might think the admission that “capitalism is not perfect” is the understatement of century, this is where Leader Hugh Taft-Morales begins his defense of some good things about capitalism. What aspects of capitalism are easiest for an Ethical Humanist to embrace: competition, incentives, merit pay, the freedom that still exists in the free market? Can some moderate restraints and regulations bring out the best from a system that centuries ago overthrew feudal dictatorships, built the middle class, and set the stage for the ideals of democracy to flourish? What truth is there in free-market advocate Paul L. Poirot’s claim that “He gains most who serves best?”

Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. His presence in Ethical Culture has been termed “invigorating.” Taft-Morales lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife Maureen, a Latin American Analyst with the Congressional Research Service, with whom he has three beloved children, Sean, Maya, and Justin.

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