Interviewed by CNBC’s John Harwood, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) claimed that she was a capitalist. Warren pontificated, “I am a capitalist. Come on. I believe in markets. What I don’t believe in is theft, what I don’t believe in is cheating.”
Yet Warren resorted to the kind of class warfare attack that is all too critical of capitalists:
I get that there are a lot of folks who like having the power and the riches they have, they like being able to tweak their little pinkie and the United States government does just what they want. … They know what they’re doing. They know that they are advancing the interests of themselves and people similarly situated over the interests of others.
Warren added, “I love what markets can do, I love what functioning economies can do. They are what make us rich, they are what create opportunity. But only fair markets, markets with rules. Markets without rules is about the rich take it all, it’s about the powerful get all of it.”
Warren recently stated she was a “capitalist to my bones”:
Of course, Warren has had no problem supporting single payer health care, which flies in the face of a market economy. She also introduced The College for All Act to eliminate tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities for students from families that make up to $125,000 per year, and famously said this in 2011:
There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.