Oh yes, America the horrible. Maybe nobody took into account that America is still one of the few places in the world where a 19 year old kid (that would be me) can start a company with a great idea and in 6 months be making more money than his parents. By the time I'm 25 I will be able to retire (if I so desire). Our CFO and his minions show a consistent growth rate of our company and a net profit of 1.2 million per month in 2011. Am I trying to boast? No way, I live in an extra bedroom at my friends house until I can find an apartment that I like up here in Seattle, but my point is that America and our "horrible" capitalist society is here for a reason and that the "American Dream" still lives, no matter how hard people try and destroy it. Sure, not everyone has a success story like me. But does that really matter? This is survival of the fittest my friends, and I have proven that I am fittest. I don't even want to hear about how my daddy and mommy probably have money and thats how I got into this position, because they don't. In fact, in about 2 months they are moving up here and I'm going to support them. We got an initial investment of $10,000 from a business professor in my friends school and used that to start our company. Whats this all mean? Am I some arrogant jerk that wants to tell his success story? No (well I am arrogant but thats not the point of the thread ). The point of this post is that you can say all you want about the world, that its horrible and you can't get a leg up, and that USA is leading the forefront in impoverished people because nobody here can just get a head of "The Man", but the bottom line is that it just isn't true. As long as there is still a country in this world where you can do what I've done, and the government not only accepts it, but ENCOURAGES IT, then the world is not so bad. How does the USA encourage people like me pulling ourselves up and starting a company? Low business taxes, scholarships for college students running small businesses, I could go on and on at all the opportunities the US government gave me and my friends to start this business. I'm not entirely sure, but there are other places in the world with free market economies where you can do the same thing, correct? Basically, entrepreneurship is the only true way to improve your condition. You cannot do it through the government, socialism and communism time and time again do not work. You can do it to some extent with a good degree, but then you have to be able to pay for college and rely on getting a good job. Which is why I believe that if more of the world accepted a free market capitalist economy that you would see people everywhere pulling themselves up out of darkness and poverty with business. But, what about the people that aren't able to pull themselves up? Survival of the fittest. Yes, I know that sounds incredibly harsh. Yes, there will be countless incredibly sad stories about families that cannot make it, and hey, if you are in the type of position to help them, by all means please do so. However, it is not the role of the government in my opinion. And in the end, the world will be better for it.