If young people feel more comfortable with organizations, trends, and businesses that are “green” or pretend to promote the environment, health, happiness, song and dance, as opposed to conventional businesses, there is a reason.
They are easily conned by the local business owner who dresses like a hippy and pays for the junior soccer club’s uniforms.
They like Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, and Jon Stewart and sink to new depths with losers like Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg.
Perception is Reality
After all, these people “care about people and the environment”, don’t they? They don’t, actually, but perception is reality, right? Christopher Hitchens was right when he said,
“Europeans think Americans are fat, vulgar, greedy, stupid, ambitious and ignorant and so on. And they’ve taken as their own, as their representative American, someone who actually embodies all those qualities [Michael Moore].”
Among most young people, Capitalism has an image of hubris, greed, arrogance, and bullying. Yet, without Capitalism, there would be no iPods, Apple computers…
Idealism is Strong Amongst the Young
I found myself in a coffee shop in Winnipeg recently. There were bookcases stacked with socialist writings, and the hippy kids were wearing the usual anti-establishment uniform.
Next door was a bicycle store. Many young people voted the socialist Obama into office. They will pay for that choice for a long time.
Perhaps it’s time to fix Capitalism’s bad image, to enlighten people. Education can do that, and since most of the educational institutions are heavily liberal, mystical, or both, we have a difficult task ahead of us.
Getting Rich Attacking the Rich
What young people don’t see is the hard-nosed capitalism hidden behind the façade of environmentalism and mysticism.
The people selling the
- hippy clothes,
- and organic food
- are making serious money.
Michael Moore gets rich attacking rich people. And he’s not sharing his wealth with you.
Money is the Root of All Good
The mission of my business is to help people create financial freedom. But without changing one’s philosophy to one of laissez faire capitalism, it is difficult to create and sustain real wealth.
So I write and speak and Tweet and share the message –
“Money is the root of all good.”
My books are illegally printed and sold in China and India without my permission, and of course I don’t get any royalties, but I don’t care – as long as the message is spread, I’m happy.
In fact, I give my books away as complimentary downloads from my websites, along with my podcasts.
DollarMakers continues to grow internationally, and we proudly promote Capitalism and make money in the process.
Break Free of Collectivism
But there is an easier way to spread the good news about Capitalism: I tell everyone I meet to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”.
If someone is truly intelligent and sufficiently open-minded, that book tends to do the trick. If it leads someone to read “The Virtue of Selfishness”, they can break free of collectivism, and hopefully mysticism, too.