When your economy is far from optimal, the value of capitalism is real and beneficial.
As far as I can see, the economy is currently really fucked up. Could you elaborate what part of capitalism is now valuable?
Even people who are primarily known for their evil often have done good things for the countries they otherwise subjugated. A good example: Adolph Hitler, obviously our poster child for evil, he also orchestrated the building of the autobahn road network in Germany prior to WW2.
Actually, no, Hitler orchestrated nothing, he just happened to come into power around the time the autobahn road network was actually build:
Construction of the Cologne-Bonn autobahn begins in October  - using mostly human labor and very few machines in an effort to create jobs in a period of high unemployment. [...] This first German autobahn segment will be completed in 1932, a year before Hitler comes to power. [emphasis mine]
Hitler inaugurates "his" autobahn network with the so-called "first cut of the spade" (erster Spatenstich) near Frankfurt on 23 September . This would have been impossible without the earlier work of HaFraBa and Stufa in the 1920s.
... and disable x11
... but I need X11 to open all these terminals!
Any idiot knew back 2 decades ago that computing will move to smaller cheaper and less energy systems.
Too bad they didn't hire more idiots then.
C'mon, you know exactly what he meant: One decade ago I bought a laptop (Toshiba Satellite S3000-214, P3 based) 2.5kg, approx 2000€ and the battery lasted around three hours when used "normally". Now, you can buy a Netbook that that is lighter, cheaper, and also uses less energy providing at least the same performance. Or just look at the N900, it sold for 600€, weight 180g, and without using Wireless or GPS but other apps it usually lasts more then a day without recharging.
[Bessen and Meurer] analyzed data from 1976 to 1999, the most recent year with complete data. They found that starting in the late 1990s, publicly traded companies saw patent litigation costs outstrip patent profits. Specifically, they estimate that about $8.4 billion in global profits came directly from patents held by publicly traded United States companies in 1997, rising to about $9.3 billion in 1999, with two-thirds of the profits going to chemical and pharmaceutical companies. Domestic litigation costs alone, meanwhile, soared to $16 billion in 1999 from $8 billion in 1997.
Things have probably become worse since then. For instance, patent litigation is up: there were 2,318 patent-related suits in 1999, and 2,830 in fiscal 2006 (though that’s down from the peak year, 2004, when 3,075 were filed). Mr. Bessen said awards in patent cases also seemed to be up, though he was less confident in that data. Worse, he says, companies doing the most research and development are sued the most.
The rich get rich, and the poor get poorer. The haves get more, the have-nots die.