Capitalism Quotes That’ll Make You Leave the Means of Production Alone

Before we get to the capitalism quotes, let us ask you: Is capitalism perfect? Not remotely. But that begs a follow-up question: Are people perfect?

One can argue that communism, which holds that people would be better off without greed, is better than capitalism. One can also argue that people would be better off if they were able to fly. According to the communist’s logic, that would mean we had better begin pushing people off of rooftops.

Enemies of capitalism are quick to point out that it is an imperfect system, yet also advocate for an even more imperfect system to take its place. They want to remove people who are rewarded by production from the economy, and replace them with people who are rewarded by controlling others. The former will put food on the table; the latter will put people in gulags.

Who are capitalism’s greatest enemies? I count three. The first are politicians, who see capitalism as an obstacle separating them from their citizens’ wealth. That wealth also insulates their citizens from the politicians’ influence, which must surely stick in the craw of any would-be tyrants.

The second are businesspeople themselves, who look to the government as their ultimate ace in the hole when it comes to beating competition. If an elite corps of producers can make itself the communist politicians’ key supporter, then they can compel legislation which puts their rivals out of business.

The third are people who cannot fathom what it might be like to possess marketable skills. They look at the wealthy with contempt, believing they could only have gotten that way through chicanery and exploitation. In fairness, plenty of crooks ascend to the highest rungs of society, but this conveniently ignores everyone who made their money by contributing something useful to the world. This is an ability communists seldom, if ever, possess.

For the sake of expediency, we could also divide communists into just two classes: Those who insist real communism has never been implemented and demand that we finally give it a chance, and those who know exactly what kind of nightmare world communism creates and want you to live in it.

Best Capitalism Quotes

“Capitalism will continue to eliminate mass poverty in more and more places and to an increasingly marked extent if it is merely permitted to do so.”
– Henry HazlittHnery Halitt Quote on Capitalism

“The superior freedom of the capitalist system, its superior justice, and its superior productivity are not three superiorities, but one. The justice follows from the freedom and the productivity follows from the freedom and the justice.”
– Henry Hazlitt
Hnery Hazlitt Quote on Capitalism

“Since the State necessarily lives by the compulsory confiscation of private capital, and since its expansion necessarily involves ever-greater incursions on private individuals and private enterprise, we must assert that the state is profoundly and inherently anti-capitalist.”
– Murray Rothbard
Murray rothbard Quote on Capitalism

“In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty you’re talking about, the only cases in recorded history, are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade.”
– Milton Friedman
Milton Friedman Quote on Capitalism

“The essential notion of a capitalist society … is voluntary cooperation voluntary exchange. The essential notion of a socialist society is force.”
– Milton Friedman
Milton Friedman Quote on Capitalism

“Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man.”
– Walter E. Williams
Walter E. Williams Quote on Capitalism

“I regard the preservation of what is known as the capitalist system, of the system of free markets and the private ownership of the means of production, as an essential condition of the very survival of mankind.”
– Friedrich Hayek
Friedrich Hayek Quote on Capitalism

“Capitalism under democracy has a further advantage: its enemies, even when it is attacked, are scattered and weak, and it is usually easily able to array one half of them against the other half, and thus dispose of both.”
– H. L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken Quote on Capitalism

“Capitalism was the only system in history where wealth was not acquired by looting, but by production, not by force, but by trade, the only system that stood for man’s right to his own mind, to his work, to his life, to his happiness, to himself.”
– Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand Quote on Capitalism

“The moral justification of capitalism lies in the fact that it is the only system consonant with man’s rational nature, that it protects man’s survival qua man, and that its ruling principle is: justice.”
– Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand Quote on Capitalism

“Corresponding to the four branches of philosophy, the four keystones of capitalism are: metaphysically, the requirements of man’s nature and survival – epistemologically, reason – ethically, individual rights, politically, freedom.”
– Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand Quote on Capitalism

“The economic value of a man’s work is determined, on a free market, by a single principle: by the voluntary consent of those who are willing to trade him their work or products in return. This is the moral meaning of the law of supply and demand.”
– Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand Quote on Capitalism

“Laissez-faire capitalism is the only social system based on the recognition of individual rights and, therefore, the only system that bans force from social relationships. By the nature of its basic principles and interests, it is the only system fundamentally opposed to war.”
– Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand Quote on Capitalism

“Capitalism demands the best of every man – his rationality – and rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him.”
– Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand Quote on Capitalism

“Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men’s stupidity, but your talent to their reason.”
– Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand Quote on Capitalism


“The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau. What an alluring utopia! What a noble cause to fight!”
– Ludwig von Mises
Ludwig von Mises Quote on Capitalism

“Capitalism makes people unequally rich. Communism makes people equally poor.”
– Thomas L. Friedman
Thomas L. Friedman Quote on Capitalism

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
– Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill Quote on Capitalism

“We have been ruled by men who live by illusions … the illusion that there is some other way of creating wealth than hard work and satisfying your customers.”
– Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher Quote on Capitalism

“Capitalism has brought with it progress, not merely in production but also in knowledge.”
– Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein Quote on Capitalism

“Socialism is a plan of morally sanctioned theft. It is about dividing up what others have created. Consequently, socialist economies don’t work; they create poverty instead of wealth. This is unarguable historical fact now, but that has not prompted the left to have second thoughts.”
– David Horowitz
David Horowitz Quote on Capitalism

“As we’ve learned from countless examples throughout history, including now Venezuela, the main difference between capitalism and socialism is this: Capitalism works.”
– Mark J. Perry
MArk J. Perry Quote on Capitalism

“All systems are capitalist. It’s just a matter of who owns and controls the capital — ancient king, dictator, or private individual. We should properly be looking at the contrast between a free market system where individuals have the right to live like kings if they have the ability to earn that right and government control of the market system such as we find today in socialist nations.”
– Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan Quote on Capitalism

“Two decades ago, however, socialism and communism died rudely, then were buried forever by the empirical demonstration of the superiority of market capitalism everywhere from Thatcher’s England to Deng’s Dhina, where just the partial abolition of socialism lifted more people out of poverty than ever in human history.”
– Charles Krauthammer
Charles Krauthammer Quote on Capitalism

“A system of capitalism presumes sound money, not fiat money manipulated by a central bank. Capitalism cherishes voluntary contracts and interest rates that are determined by savings, not credit creation by a central bank.”
– Ron Paul
Ron Paul Quote on Capitalism

“Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven’t had capitalism.”
– Ron Paul
Ron Paul Quote on Capitalism

“Capitalism is not an ‘ism.’ It is closer to being the opposite of an ‘ism,’ because it is simply the freedom of ordinary people to make whatever economic transactions they can mutually agree to.”
– Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell Quote on Capitalism

“Capitalism knows only one color: that color is green; all else is necessarily subservient to it, hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it.”
– Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell Quote on Capitalism

“One of the bitter ironies of the 20th century was that communism, which began as an egalitarian doctrine accusing capitalism of selfishness and calloused sacrifices of others, became in power a system whose selfishness and callousness toward others made the sins of capitalism pale.”
– Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell Quote on Capitalism

“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.”
– John Maynard Keynes, under the inexplicable belief that politicians are not the wickedest of men
John Maynard Keynes Quote on Capitalism

“Capitalism has neither the capacity, nor the morality, nor the ethics to solve the problems of poverty.”
– Fidel Castro, whose solution to poverty was creating more of it
Fidel Castro Quote on Capitalism

“Woah,” you are probably thinking right now, “all these capitalism quotes make me want to engage in capitalism right now!” Attaboy!