the american dream

an amazing dialogue off of last night’s west wing:

Chinese Ambassador
You know what I think about a lot when I’m having these kinds of discussions?
C.J. Cregg
What sir?
Chinese Ambassador
Capitalism vanquished Communism. Obliterated it. And here we are having a discussion where you are trying to restrict our markets.
C.J. Cregg
We’re trying to address a humanitarian situation in the Sudan.
Chinese Ambassador
Exactly. But you have always taught us that liberty is the same thing as capitalism – as if life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness cannot be crushed by greed. Your “American Dream” is financial – not ethical.

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