August 28, 2018

OUR TWO REPUBLICAN PARTIES:

Elizabeth Warren's Theory of Capitalism: A conversation with the Democratic senator about why she's doubling down on market competition at a moment when her party is flirting with socialism. (FRANKLIN FOER, 8/28/18, The Atlantic)

When I heard Warren speak about the crisis in capitalism, I asked to sit down with her to explore her theory of the case. I interviewed her in her Washington, D.C., office. The transcript of our conversation has been lightly edited and condensed.

Franklin Foer: All the investment bankers who have voodoo dolls of you might be a bit surprised that you recently described yourself as "capitalist to the bone." What did you mean?

Elizabeth Warren: I believe in markets and the benefits they can produce when they work. Markets with rules can produce enormous value. So much of the work I have done--the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, my hearing-aid bill--are about making markets work for people, not making markets work for a handful of companies that scrape all the value off to themselves. I believe in competition.

Foer: To what end?

Warren: Markets create wealth. [....]

Foer: But markets right now are doing a good job of producing wealth. Yes?

Warren: Right.



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