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Why isn’t capitalism working? January 10, 2012

Posted by proeconomia in Main, On the crisis, Opinion.

From Larry Summers @ Harvard, worth reading it. Here is the challenging ending of the article:

“When outcomes are unsatisfactory, as they surely are at present, there is always a debate between those who believe that the current course needs to be pursued with increased vigor and those who argue for a radical change in direction. That debate  is somewhat beside the point in the case of market capitalism. Where it has been applied it has been an enormous success.  The challenge for the next generation is that while that success will increasingly be taken for granted and indeed will become an increasing source of frustration in these pinched times, its success cannot be matched outside the market’s natural domain.  It is not so much the most capitalist parts of the contemporary economy but the least—those concerned with health, education and social protection–that are in most need of reinvention. ” (emphasis added)



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