Monbiot’s piece was always going to get a raspberry from me. The question was, where? Turns out to be CapX:
As one of the few people to self-refer as a “neoliberal”, along with my colleagues at the Adam Smith Institute, I take umbrage at George Monbiot’s denunciation of neoliberalism and all who sail in her. It’s not simply because he disagrees with me and mine. No, the umbrage comes from Monbiot’s entire and total ignorance of what to be liberal, neo- or not, actually means.
But markets are the method by which human beings cooperate. If I grow apples which you make into cider, we are cooperating in that boon to mankind, enabling people to get drunk.
Competition is the relatively unimportant part of that market system: comprising the selection of who we will cooperate with. Perhaps I compete with other farmers, with other orchards, for your custom in selecting those apples. But the aim of the whole thing is still that cooperation in enabling drunkenness.