Capitalism, with its attendant market-based economy, is the best system yet devised for accumulating wealth. Its primary shortcoming is the lousy job it does of distributing wealth. It is both necessary and desirable for people in a prosperous country to utilize the government to rectify the unjust distribution. This should be done in a manner which minimizes the adverse effects on the market. Our current welfare system does not meet this criterion. A guaranteed adequate income would.