The Lost Art of Cooperation
Americans are obsessed with competition, but they forget that cooperation and collective effort are the foundation of freedom.
Government and co-operation are in all things the laws of life; anarchy and competition the laws of death.
—John Ruskin, Unto This Last (1862)
Competition is as American as apple pie. It announces American individualism and marks the American market economy with its characteristic rivalries. Not just for neoliberals such as Milton Friedman and quasi-anarchists such as philosopher Robert Nozick, but for Americans of all political stripes, it...