Critics of capitalism are quick to write it off for promoting competition. Calling it anti-community, anti-social and such. Putting workers against workers, bussines against bussines, and brother against brother. The system is accused of “social darwnism”. Critics call for a society where we all work together and not against each other.
However, the nature of this competition is deeply misunderstood. It is true that market actors are competing. It is also true that often their motivations are self interested or driven purely by monetary profit. Doesn’t this profit requires customers though? This profit comes from working with others. You need a new window so you seek out someone who you can cooperate with to get that. The window repair man seeks out the best glass maker who they can cooperate with. The glass maker seeks out the best provider of the hard materials. So on. It is a chain of cooperation. It is true that the window repair compay is competing with other window repair companies. What’s not often communicated is that, they are competing with others in their industry to see who is the best cooperator. Who will work with you to fuflill your preferences and needs while also fulfilling theirs.
In this since, markets are not just made up of competition but also copperation. It’s made up of people working together. The maximum amount of cooperation becuase the cooperation inceitivized by literal profit. Guaranteed cooperation not found in any other economic system. Capitalism IS cooperation.
As the new year comes its worth reevaluating how you spend your days. A useful exercise is to sit down and imagine what my perfect day looks like. For me it involves peak productivity and a lot of exercise here is the list below. What about yours?
Jog or work out
Hard or high priority work
Light or low priority work
I met a traveling gypsy
She cast a spell of love
“Please stay” I asked the gypsy
For I was in love
But now she no longer travels
A gypsy she is no more
Where has her magic gone
Now that she has a home
Her beauty it still catches me
It still brings me joy
My feeling have not withered
Even as we share a home
Farm out in the wilderness
A farm wife she shall be
I love her i still love her
The gypsy girl and me
In the 70’s, New Hampshire Governor Meldrim Thomson, sent out a press release stating his desire to “keep Christ in Christmas”. Ever since then, a thousand old protestant women are driving around with bumper stickers shaming the use of “Xmas” in place of Christmas.
The great irony is that the X litterally stands for Christ.
“Χριστός” is the greek word for Christ. X or “Chi”, being the first part of the word. A common practice through out Christian history was to abbreviate Christ to “Xρ” or “Xt”. This eventually evolved into the “☧” symbol still used today by many churches.
Use of the short hand Xmas is seen as far back as the 1600s. Never being used in an anti-christian context, but always being used in the way historical Christains used X.
Xmas means Christmas. It has always meant that. Dont let your ignorant evangelical aunt tell you otherwise.