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Competition

This book is about competition, all in social life is about competition: feelings are in competition; competing interpretations emerge as expressions; the expressions compete with other expressions, and they are open to competing interpretations. – ‘Moral’ is one more aspect of competition of feelings; the norms (in all of the games) are in competition. – And as the perceptions compile to grosser and grosser perceptions we think about ‘law’, ‘religion’, ‘morals’, ‘economy’, ‘politics’ etc. – small perceptions pile up to big ones. – (It might be necessary to add that, naturally, individual, particular, people’s activities in all being are in constant competition – the idea of will to power is not far fetched here.)

Let’s consider some aspects of the big perceptions: ‘law’, ‘economy’ and ‘politics.’

Law is a competition of arguments and the outcome is competitive justice.

There is only one ‘kind’ of economy; the classification only describes the level of competition in the economic practices: A more competitive economy is on the continuum of perceptions on the side we could call ‘market economy’, and a ‘socialist economy’ is on the other side of the continuum, where the competition is more distorted.

Democracy is a function of the conditions for competition. Democracy exists on a continuum from good to bad. The extreme case of bad democracy is where a ruthless dictator is in charge – but even there she is in charge only as long as she can – until she is stopped by the people at whose mercy she is. We sometimes hear it said ‘that democracy is the worst form of Government, except all those others that have been tried from time to time’. But, this is a gross misunderstanding - all systems are about democracy, there are no alternatives – it is only a question of the quality of the democracy – democracy is a competitive system, which has to be made ever more competitive. What should be said is: ‘indeed, the more competition there is in the democratic system the better it is, we can see what failures non-competitive systems bring about.’ - Parliamentarism does not meet the standards of competitive democracy, and cannot be the foundation for a competitive society. – Parliamentarism is the system of totalitarianism of the majority: the artificial majority (the majority of political players).

The mission of any correct politics or political leadership is to create conditions for the best possible competition. – This means the function to prevent all forms of monopolies and abuse of dominant market position in all aspects of life – again this has been best understood in the economic sphere with the anti-trust legislation – the US Sherman Act of 1890 is hereby a decisive milestone in development of humanity. – Now we only have to convince that monopolies and abuse of dominant market position are the cancers of all aspects of life: religion; media; democracy; morals; science…




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