Negative Aspects of Capitalism are Minimized

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Capitalism is the best economic system, but it is not without faults. Liberals want a capitalistic system where everyone has equal opportunity for success with a safety net for those who don't. The right-wing in America doesn't want checks and balances in place because that benefits their constituents and their wealthy donors more. So any scenes in movies or TV shows that minimizes the negative aspects of capitalism favors conservatives and conservative policy. 

Conservative Trope Examples

  • Horrible Bosses (2011) | Hard Work Always Rewarded
    Nick (Jason Bateman) is an executive at a financial firm who works under a narcissistic boss that dangled a promotion over his head only to give it to himself in the end. Despite the betrayal, Nick stays with the company and, after working with his pals to take down his boss, is rewarded by being promoted to President of his company.
  • Mitch comes from a poor family and has to work his way through Harvard law school where he graduates 5th in his class, and he even has to do job interviews during his lunch break.
  • Wall Street (1987)
    In Gordon Gekko's (Michael Douglas) iconic "Greed is Good" speech, he argues that "greed, in all of its forms -- greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge -- has marked the upward surge of mankind." He also blames the troubles for Teldar Paper on bloated, bureaucratic executives.
    Staff Aside
    The "Greed is Good" speech has been a rallying cry for those against railing in some of the excesses of Wall Street. The speech is given in a way that defends greed by associating greed for money with positive things to be "greedy" for such as life, love & knowledge and also criticizing "bad people with money" which is the vice presidents at Teldar Paper. It is not satire and helps give cover to people fairly accused of being greedy.