The profit = innovation dynamic was everywhere at the mine rescue site. That’s what the Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger says about the dramatic rescue of the Chilean miners trapped 2,000 feet underground for more than two months.
He attributes the rescue to the Center Rock drill bit manufactured in Berlin, Pennsylvania. The high strength cable that pulled the miners out was made in Germany. Japan provided the flexible fiber optic cable that connected the miners to hope on the surface above. A businessman in Virginia supplied the socks that minimized foot bacteria and infection for the two months the miners were buried.
Even CNN was willing to allow capitalists to appear in a good light and credit them for historic rescue:
In Western Pennsylvania, two companies long-trained by mine collapses in that region rushed to action. They had UPS ship south a specialty drill, capable of creating shafts large enough to fit the men without collapsing, within 48 hours. And UPS did it for free.
Then, working with Chilean crews, Geotec’s Kansas-based partner came up with the plan to get the miners to the surface almost two months earlier than the Christmastime date originally projected.
Expert driller Jeff Hart, a contractor from Denver, Colorado, was called from Afghanistan, where he was helping American forces find water, to man the machine. The 40-year-old drilled for 33 days straight, through tough mineral ore, to reach the men trapped more than 2,000 feet below.
His comment after breaking through last week? “We got the job done.”
It’s a shame that Daniel Henninger should have to explain how the capitalist system resulted in the salvation of these miners, but in our dumbed-down, class-envy fueled culture, it must be explained to roughly half the voters.
In a capitalist country (something the United States was created to be, was for most of our history, and nominally still is), companies exist to make money. If they produce useful goods and services, they succeed in making money. Making money provides the capital for more innovation which in turn helps them make more money.
The student of history (whose mind is not corrupted by anti-capitalist pap from his Leftist professors) or the person who grew up during the Cold War as I did will recall that Marxist countries seldom if ever come up with anything on their own; they usually have to steal ideas from capitalist countries. Why?
Marxism ignores human nature and removes all incentive for hard work, ingenuity and innovation. When your government will only take away from you what you would otherwise earn for out-performing your fellows, what incentive is there to put in the sweat and midnight oil to do more?
Many countries around the world are pulling away from the Marxist model…even as the socialists currently running the American government yearn to embrace it.
My fellow Americans, we have another powerful lesson, here on the eve of the 2010 elections, illustrating to us why it is so important that we work hard and get out and vote so we can put the socialists in our own government out to pasture.
We need to get the American model of freedom and free enterprise working again!