This afternoon I ambled about town and visited The Base – a large indoor/outdoor shopping centre rumored to be New Zealand’s largest. I’m not sure about the rumors, but I was pleased to happen across something that reminded me of home.
Whilst on the hunt for a new backpack I spotted one of America’s finest exports, a Dunkin Donuts smack in the middle of the mall. I quickly shared my excitement with the manager, much to her surprise. Apparently, most people don’t get quite as excited as I do while happening upon a local D&D.
As I bit into my strawberry frosted doughnut, I swear that I tasted the sweet taste of freedom itself. Somewhere in America, a bald eagle soared a little higher.
And when I sipped my hazelnut coffee, made with one cream and two sugars just like God intended, well, it was enough to bring a tear to the eye. I promptly said a silent prayer of thanks and thought twice about singing The Star-Spangled Banner to the crowd.
Instead, I did the next best thing. I read some of Ayn Rand’s reflections on capitalism before happily proceeding to apply the lessons I had learned.
On the way home, I thought about the invisible hand of the market, and about the aspiration of free trade. And I smiled contentedly for the first time in many days.
Yes, friends. Capitalism is alive and well here in New Zealand and American exports are still making their way into the global market.
Three cheers for globalisation! And God bless America.
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