Please explain the past two hundred years of rising living standards. Did capitalism have anything to do with it? Was it an accident? Can we recreate it by mandate of government? You are setting up a straw dog and knocking it down. No one wants malnourished kids, but have you ever noticed that it is more prevalent, up to outright starvation, in the more closed societies? How do you explain the success of Hong Kong? Why did the Chinese on the mainland long to get to Hong Kong? Why did the East Germans break through the Berlin Wall to get to the West? Hong Kong is especially interesting, since it didn't have any natural resources, not even much water, yet it has become a hub of commerce. For many years they had a flat 15% tax on income. The place thrived.