Friday, November 11, 2011

Buchanan Refutes Charges of Racism and Social Darwinism

Patrick J. Buchanan was interviewed by media personality Rebecca Costa  (pictured) who asked him about the allegations of racism and Social Darwinism in his New York Times Best Seller, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?

Costa published this excerpt:

According to Buchanan these indictments come from individuals who have misread the book, “Even identical twins are not born equal. What we want is equality of rights and opportunity - similar to the Olympics where everyone can try-out but we choose the people who represent the United States based solely on their proven ability to excel. That’s the way societies move forward. . .” [Buchanan] continued, “I was in the most egalitarian society of the 20th Century when I stepped off the plane with Richard Nixon in the People’s Republic of China - where everyone was equal, but no one was free. When you have absolute freedom, it automatically produces inequality – because we are unequal in our talents and abilities and drives and courage and perseverance. . . No system is perfect, but the free enterprise system has done more to uplift humankind. I’m not just talking about the robber barons of the 19th century – but the average working man had horrendous working conditions. But these improved over 10, 20, 30 and 40 years, until Americans – the same people who were once swept out of Europe – had the highest living standards the world had ever seen. Freedom is what did that.”

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