This column has 1187 words. I wrote it to elicit 12 chuckles, three guffaws and seven moments of insightful clarity. There are six paragraphs designed to make you, dear readers, question pre-conceived notions, three paragraphs that will confirm your biases,

Since its inception, the United States has been known around the world for its successful execution and robust defense of free-market capitalism. And for that reason, it seems that no matter how America’s economic system changes over time, it is

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