WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- FreedomWorks, a Washington-based group favoring market-based approaches to issues, said Friday it had a message for protesters at the upcoming IMF summit.
The organization headed by former U.S. House Majority leader Dick Armey said it would hang a banner off the side of its offices facing the World Bank headquarters and the anti-IMF protests in the park in front that reads: "CAPITALISM WORKS."
"When it comes to economic development, capitalism works and freedom works," Max Pappas, the group's director of policy, said.
"Citizens of developing countries deserve the same freedoms we enjoy in the United States, and the ensuing prosperity that comes with it. By embracing the free market and capitalism, they can," Pappas said. "If the protesters are interested in seeing longer, healthier, more educated lives in the developing world, they should support the system that has brought all of this to the United States and the rest of the developed world -- capitalism."