Saturday, November 16, 2013

Rochester and Capitalism

Today at long last we visited the Public Market, in operation since 1827, where I had a bit of an epiphany about the free-market's power to bring people together for mutual benefit, not to mention Bill McKibbenesque conversation. I remain a disbeliever in the Multikulti ideology, but nowhere else have I seen folks as divergent as East Africans and Amish gathered peacefully for the same purpose.

The prices are super cheap, and the market's clientele is local, meaning urban and poor, precisely the people who need more, not less capitalism. As G. K. Chesterton said, "The problem with capitalism is not too many capitalists, but not enough capitalists." It was heartening to see among the immigrant entrepreneurs so many of our Black fellow citizens not only gainfully employed, but gainfully self-employed.

Our next stop was the High Falls Visitors Center and Museum, in the neighborhood where Brown's Race, "a small power canal that was constructed in 1815 [and] used to power water wheels for various mills that were built in and around the cliffs just north (up-river) of the High Falls on the west side of the Genesee River," brought the Industrial Revolution to these parts and made the "Flour City" one of America's first boomtowns. We crossed the Pont De Rennes bridge for a better view of the magnificent High Falls and the even more magnificent Genesee Brewing Company.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Wow! That is a very dramatic picture of the falls. I never knew such a place existed!

BTW - I've been reading but very busy and haven't been able to comment as much as I'd like. However, I would like to get in touch. Please expect an email from me soon!

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November 18, 2013 at 6:02 PM  

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