The Left has seized on our ecomic troubles as an excuse to blame the rich guy and paint a picture of capitalism and the free market as selfish, greedy, and cruel. Democrats in Congress and Occupy protesters across the country assert that the free market is t only unforgiving, it's morally corrupt. According to President Obama and his allies, only by allowing the government to heavily control and regulate business and by redistributing the wealth can we ensure fairness and compassion. Exactly the opposite is true, says Father Robert A. Sirico in his thought--provoking new book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Ecomy. Father Sirico argues that a free ecomy actually promotes charity, selflessness, and kindness. And in Defending the Free Market, he shows why free-market capitalism is t only the best way to ensure individual success and national prosperity but is also the surest route to a moral and socially--just society. In Defending the Free Market, Father Sirico shows: * Why we can't have freedom without a free ecomy * Why the best way to help the poor is to a start a business * Why charity works--but welfare doesn't * How Father Sirico himself converted from being a leftist colleague of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden to recognizing the merits of a free ecomy. In this heated presidential election year, the Left will argue that capitalism may produce winners, but it is cruel and unfair. Yet as Sirico proves in Defending the Free Market, capitalism does t simply provide opportunity for material success, but it ensures a more ethical and moral society as well.
The Rev. Robert Sirico has been active in public policy affairs for more than thirty years. He co-founded the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in 1990. Father Sirico regularly lectures both in this country and around the world, and his writings have appeared in various publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, National Review, the London Financial Times, Crisis Magazine, and the New York Times.