If the devout capitalists in attendance at last night’s Harriet Beecher Stowe (above left) Lecture featuring David Simon (above right) left with sour tastes in their mouths, I certainly understand. However, I would mention that from where I sat Simon’s point wasn’t that capitalism per se is evil, but rather that the market is not necessarily the best tool for solving every problem, and it is in fact a rather poor tool for solving a great number of the bigger problems our society faces.
As it turns out, though, the vast majority of last night’s attendees were not devout capitalists, but rather a rapt choir who turned out in record-setting droves to hear Simon preach. If the standing ovation he received at the end of his talk was any indication, few of them left disappointed.
-Norm De Plume