the Hobbsian/Darwinistic universe you describe does not reflect the world around us. Both views equate humans with animals, driven solely by instinct and defined by natural forces. Humans, on the other hand, are quite different from animals in that we have at our disposal the unique ability to reason. It is because of reason that we were able to make that incredible leap of realizing that through trade we can gain more than through violence. 'Society' hasn't tamed the primitive man, it is reason. And it is reason that we, as individuals, have choosen to create groupings of people to better profit in our endeavors to eliminate our own discomfort.Originally posted by Bob_Dobbs,
letting the most aggressive and brutal live. thats not the kind of world i am trying to see.
this is strongly inaccurate in that in the free market, everyone benefits. Life is NOT a zero-sum game, both socialists AND conservatives are guilty of making this very large mistake. The 'poor' in the US are not better off than the 'poor' scattered across the globe because of our socialistic practices, their high (relatively) standard of living is due because of the freedom in our market IN SPITE OF government interference (from both left and right doctrines). Those that are 'poor' in the US would have an even greater standard of living if not for the infusion of governmental regulations, minimum wage laws, tariffs, bankruptcy laws,and the multitude of other interferences into the market.and this is key... in socialism, all are caught and boiled... with capitalism, the strongest will climb out and survive...