The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried. – G. K. Chesterton
Economic turmoil and volatility in the capital markets inevitably brings the viability of capitalism into question. Media commentators frequently reference the validation or invalidation of a “free market economy.” Chesterton’s quote about Christianity can easily be addressed to today’s critics of laissez faire Capitalism in the West. Laissez faire capitalism has not been tried and found wanting. Rather, its moral basis has not been found “palatable” so it has not been tried.