Thursday, February 4, 2016
Politics endures, but human action evolves. We learn.
And what are we learning? How to take care of one another, which is the point of what we sometimes call capitalism. (Don't tell Ayn Rand.)
It is remarkable that we speak and think about commerce as though competitiveness were its most important feature. There is, as noted, a certain Darwinian aspect to economic competition - and of course we humans do in fact compete over scarce resources. But what is remarkable about human action is not its competitiveness but its almost limitless cooperativeness. Competition is only one of the ways that we learn how best to cooperate with one another - competition is a means to the higher end of social cooperation.
-Kevin D. Williamson, The End Is Near And It's Going To Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure