Get rid of all competition? 1-6
Be careful what you wish for
Our revealed preference for Inferno suggests our true desires for brotherhood and tranquility fall short of what we profess them to be. If thirst for higher status drives our interactions, reducing conflict only serves to limit opportunities for advancement.
Start with the view that status is very important to humans. The essay argues that it is so important that we actually prefer the hell of a world filled with competition to a heaven in which no one is dissatisfied with their status.
Given this view of human nature, there is no getting rid of competition altogether. If you were to get rid of competition in one realm, competition would emerge in another realm.
If you think that competition for wealth in a capitalist economy is bad, consider the alternatives. In particular, think about competition for money and power in an economy where markets are weak and government is strong.
Recall Bryan Caplan’s aphorism:
Free markets are awesome because they give business incentives to do good stuff that sounds bad. Governments are awful because they give politicians incentives to do bad stuff that sounds good.
The institutions that emerged out of the Enlightenment that set up competition in various realms, including scientific research and business, all worked well for a long time. But those institutions are threatened by people offering false utopian alternatives.