“Capitalism as a way of thinking is fundamentally individualistic…the individual is the center of capitalist endeavor…that society is composed of individuals who pursue their own interests, that individuals should be free to pursue their own interests (this, in Capitalism, is called ‘economic freedom’” (Hooker).This economic freedom is a large part of Americans’ “unalienable” and constitutionally secured right to pursue happiness (Jefferson). Thucydides the Greek author is quoted; “The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.”America’s founders showed the courage to form a country with individual freedoms greater than those of any country previous; with those freedoms we have the right to pursue our own individual idea of happiness. America was founded on the principal of the sovereign individual,and the philosophy that each man seeking their individual success independently would combine to yield the highest standard of living and the most successful nation.To detach America and Capitalism would be destructive to the American way of life, detrimental to the American standard of living, deliberately unconstitutional and explicitly un-American.
Hooker, Richard. Issue Brief. The European Enlightenment Glossary. Web. 15 Feb. 2010.
Jefferson, Thomas. “Declaration of Independence.” Continental Congress. Proc. of Continental Congress, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Print.