Camille Paglia, libertarian Democrat:
Capitalism has its weaknesses. But it is capitalism that ended the
stranglehold of the hereditary aristocracies, raised the standard of
living for most of the world and enabled the emancipation of women. The
routine defamation of capitalism by armchair leftists in academe and the
mainstream media has cut young artists and thinkers off from the
authentic cultural energies of our time.