Even just taking this article at face value and to not challenge any of its claims it doesn’t address the main point of my previous comment which was basically how do you reconcile these sins of the past (and I’m not at all trying to minimize your concerns about this), which were in essence a massive failure to recognize property rights (among other rights) as you state is essential to capitalism being the impetus for places like the USA to be financially successful (again, the argument the article makes, not my personal argument) and still claim that capitalism is clearly the best system? Said another way, if I were to steal a million dollars from my neighbor (which is not respectful of property rights) and then use that money to start a business which becomes successful and I now have $2 million, is that a success of the free market and capitalism?
I share this skepticism. I’m sure Trump’s famous comment about shooting someone on 5th Ave and not losing any supports was said entirely as a display of self-aggrandizement but it was actually an astute and damning comment on the modern political climate in this country. His supporters should have been deeply offended by this comment but it seems clear by this point that a large chunk of this country does not see democratic politics as a means for a society to decide the best way in which the nation should be governed but simply as a competition in which the point is for your side to “win”.