The Mahdi has just discovered that humans are collaborative, social beings.
So after this trembling step in the right direction she manages to fall over, flat on her face:
Are human beings self-interested creatures or are they collaborative? The right\’s argument for market capitalism is rooted in the former but the research on the social brain supports the latter.
The argument for markets (leave aside capitalism for another day) is that, yes, of course humans are collaborative. That\’s what markets are, the way in which humans collaborate.
Jesus Maddy, what is so fucking difficult about this concept? It predates the existence of Homo Sapiens, let alone the existence of our own species, Homo Sapiens Sapiens.
\”Give me some of that mammoth meat before it goes off and next time I kill a mammoth I\’ll give you some meat….if I do kill a mammoth in the future.\”
\”Cool Dude! There you go!\”.
\”Maybe we should swap some meat for the berries the birds have found?\”
\”Good idea: maybe we\’ll get hubba hubba too!\”.
\”Good thinking, Ugg.\”
(Note that not only have we just described a market exchange, we\’ve managed to include a future and an option as well, along with uncertainty as to the outcome….no, perfect knowledge of the future is not required.)
Surprisingly, modern research shows that you\’re more likely to get laid if you offer your date a steak dinner rather than tofu (this does not work on k d laing for a number of obvious reasons).
We can also see in the fossil record evidence of trading networks: flints heavily worked, by what can only be described as experts, found hundreds of miles from the stone\’s origins. So we\’ve division of and specialisation of labour too.
The argument in favour of markets is not that human beings are self-interested (although, to an extent, they are). The argument for markets is that human beings are collaborative in their own self-interest and markets are the way that they collaborate.
You do this, I\’ll do that and we\’ll swap the production.
That\’s a fucking market you dim bulb time waster!
Jesu Christe on a unicycle, haven\’t you bothered to read any Adam Smith?
The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing for another is common to all men…..