Steve Chapman | Sanders and Clinton vs. Capitalism

<p>In this photo taken May 20, 2015, Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., poses for a portrait before an interview with The Associated Press in Washington. For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign Tuesday in Burlington, Vermont, aims to ignite a grassroots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Rodham Clinton. He is laying out an agenda in step with the party's progressive wing and compatible with Warren's platform _ reining in Wall Street banks, tackling college debt and creating a government-financed infrastructure jobs program. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)</p>

Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune:

Sanders and Clinton may take for granted the affordable travel, instant communications, appetizing food, advanced medical treatments and comfortable accommodations available to them — and most other Americans — on a routine basis. But these are largely the products of a profit-driven economic system.

Its achievements are too formidable to be denied. The capitalist class, one writer noted, “has been the first to show what man’s activity can bring about. It has accomplished wonders far surpassing Egyptian pyramids, Roman aqueducts, and Gothic cathedrals; it has conducted expeditions that put in the shade all former Exoduses of nations and crusades.” The author is someone Sanders may have read: Karl Marx.

Modern American capitalism is imperfect, as any system is imperfect. But to suggest it serves no function but to enrich “a handful of billionaires” or periodically crash the economy is misinformed or dishonest.

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