Markets have existed for thousands of years, but the concept of capitalism is relatively new.Capitalism has existed for thousands of years. Where did it get us? Look at the mess of a world we live in. Say with you hand on the heart that capialism is a fair model, which brings to all people a decent living situation, maximizes progress, and organizes society.
The capitalist intent is not to bring all people a decent living situation, et al. You can claim a system that does so is superior, but will have very little in regards to proof that a system that does not center on profit motive will improve all of society.If you can say that, then you lie.
One of the notions currently being bastardized is that the Netherlands is somehow a socialist utopia when reality dictates that could be any farther from the truth. Whilst it is true that the Netherlands offers a rather generous welfare entitlement to those in need, the profit motive (not welfare benefits) is still the driving force behind their economy and their tax base where the government is able to provide services to such a small population.
With the the vast differences in demographics and size, to expect a similar centralized system within the US is nothing more than wishful thinking.
Africa is one of the least transparent and most corrupt area's in the world. Capitalism is based on competition and the pricing mechanism reaching equilibrium that is determined on producer/consumer decision making. Given that Africa uses weapons and war as a means of competition rather than productivity and opportunity cost, the notion that Africa is the most capitalistic country in the world is rather mind boggling.PS. Africa is the most capitalistic continent in the world.