At times I wonder if my lefty ways have been a mistake.
Pretty much everybody says that capitalism is the only
route that is concordant with human nature. You might
imagine that’s just using an Appeal to Nature, so it’s
lightweight thinking. But it has a deeper truth.
For how can we motivate anyone to do anything without
obstacles to overcome in the form of poverty, and with-
out the rewards of bourgeois creature comforts? Life is
less meaningful without real travails, without a metric for
success. That’s what capitalism gives us, and I’m grateful.