11 March 2015


Several years ago, let's say in the year 2000, I coined a phrase which I thought nicely summarized the triumphs of American capitalism.

"Capitalism first killed off the communists, now it's killing off the rest of us."

I never once saw the phrase repeated in the New York Times or Comedy Central, so I guess it didn't catch on.

Today another, similiarly-inclined person took a shot at the same sentiment. Fran Lebowitz (Wikipedia says: is an American author and public speaker known for her sardonic social commentary on American life as filtered through her New York City sensibilities.), apparently said the following and is—dammit—getting widely quoted in the news media:

"In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy."

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