American Caplitalist Governement Essay

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"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." (Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence) When Thomas Jefferson wrote …show more content…
When the goal of production (around the end of the 19th century) changed from being used for exchange to profit, the US began to become capitalistic. To establish a definition of capitalism, I shall establish it as when goods are produced to be sold; the revenues made are then used to be what you need with intent to make a profit in the end. Our capitalistic ways are effective in the US government because it small enough to allow the businesses to make their own decisions. As the US became industrialized, the need to mass-produce came into effect, and the boom in the labor market began. The problem with this is that the freedom of the markets allowed the businesses to move around as they liked; only when they were knowingly signing a contract were they forced to make a commitment. Markets dispersed power that kept the government from being able to say anything to the businesses that were making the most money in the market. The government decided to not involve itself when it came to the market, even though they knew that the bigger companies were overtaking the smaller ones. The wealthiest owners had the power in the markets and this allowed them to have more say as to what goes on in the free market. The government could intervene in this situation, but they do not because it would be too risky for them to put restrictions on the companies that right now have the power in the business world. The free
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