Don’t become an apologist for capitalism. Don’t defend it because of its economic benefits. Don’t defend it saying that it can achieve the goals of socialism more effectively. “Look at all the good it can do” is not a proper defense of capitalism. Instead it’s an unwarranted apology from socialism.
Defend capitalism on a MORAL basis. Capitalism is the social, economic and political system proper for man, NOT because it’s profitable, not because it brings progress and wealth, not because it’s easy, but because it is the only MORAL system of society.
If I were ever asked to condense the capitalist/individualist moral code to a single sentence, I’d say “Let a man keep what he earns”. Human rights and property rights are the same. The first things I own are my mind and my body. Therefore it follows that the fruits of the labor of my mind and my body are also mine.
Praising human rights while condemning property rights is an embarrassment. Freedom from bodily harm is a right that even some savage societies recognize. It takes civilized men to recognized higher order rights.
The most fundamental right is the right of OWNERSHIP, beginning with the ownership of thoughts, the body and then property.
“Keep what you earn” – the right of property
“Earn what you keep” – the converse – One man’s right is another man’s obligation not to violate it.