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14/01/2012

A few questions to deepen the political-juridical economic debate.


 

Is the (economic) survival of the fittest constitutional?

It may be difficult to answer this just like that.

The negative side effects of ‘competition’ are not as tangible in a world where relatively few people live. Imagine a world with half a billion people and you can imagine that there is a place under the sun for everyone. In a world becoming ever more crowded, the side effects of ‘mutual competition’ will be ever more apparent.
It might be important to ask several questions:

For whom is ‘mutual competition’ efficient?

For those who already have a head start, the government, the losers, the winners, or the economy in general?

What happens to communication between the government and the people when ‘mutual competition’, which leads to ‘profit and growth’, is the most important social principle?

What does this do to the self-regulating ability of individuals in their interrelations within a society?

Do not people (and companies) become ever more dependent on the government as a result?

What does ‘mutual competition’ do to participation within a society, the independence of each individual and tolerance towards others?

How (economically) efficient is ‘mutual competition’, when you take profit and growth as a starting point instead of people and democratisation?

How democratic is our society if ‘winners’ have more rights than ‘losers’?

How much credibility does the government and the constitutional state have if winning is a more important social (economic) principle than coexistence?

What promotes an individual’s independence in society?

Do we compete against each other or do we create the conditions necessary for individuals to face society’s challenges and share them by participating and learning to co-operate?

Where does competition end and do crime, terrorism and war start, and what roles do politics, the legal system and the individual play in this?

I hope these questions and points of view are interesting for you, as a reader and, more importantly, as a fellow human being.

Best regards,
Peter Hoopman
Roquetaillade – Aveyron         

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