I think it comes down to whether you want to cooperate in life, or compete in life. The more people cooperate, the further we can go. The more we compete, the more we defeat our progress.
Cooperation makes us all winners.
Competition merely designates the top competetor.
It's true that competition does not benefit competitors. But sometimes competition can benefit an outside party. For example when businesses compete, then consumers benefit. On the other hand it is illegal for businesses to cooperate in many ways. For example, a cartel is essentially a way for businesses to cooperate, and they are often illegal.
Remember that generally when people cooperate they are trying to overcome some obstacle. If the "obstacle" is the consumers, then cooperation doesn't necessarily benefit everyone.
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Eliminate welfare and export ALL illegal aliens. Force prisoners to perform hard labor.
In fact, I say that there should be a new rule: If a child is born in America and neither of their parents are legitimately permanent citizens, they should not be American citizens. They should be the parents' home country's problem.
Of course, not only would that require an overhaul of American citizenship criteria, it would require the same of all countries.
everyone has always thought the world is going to the crapper, to some extent. history is ebb and flow. i'm not saying we shouldn't work to change things for the better - we should - but down is inevitable. fortunately, so is up. both on micro and macro scales.
I tend to believe this too.
Does it have anyfactual basis whatsoever?
I really don't know, but it seems to be true.
My GUT tells me so.
Am I intellectually lazy? YES.
Am I optimistic? YES.
Hooray for lazy optimism!
America is equal parts crap and awesomeness, in my opinion.
If it goes down the crapper, it probably deserves to.
If it gets better, HOO-fuckin-RAY.
I have no allegiance to any particular nation anyway, so if America becomes China's bitch, so be it.
I feel like the Constitution (and the Bill of Rights) should be lowest common denominator: we should never do worse, although I hope we can do better. I do get queasy about limiting free speech of individuals (for example), even when they express opinions I disagree with.
I found this article in on increasing income disparity interesting. I think Washington is so insulated from the recession they not understand the urgent need for increased unemployment. The fight over whether to extend unemployment benefits seemed especially ludicrous, given that there are multiple job seekers for every available job.
I want to hear your opinions. Are we going down the crapper? Are we already in it? Any ideas to save the country from a downward spiral?
Unless they stop states teaching "creationism" and "intelligent design" to kids..
Unless they stop banning stem cell research for religious reasons..
Unless they stop making celebs out of the stupidest people one can ever find...
Unless they stop cutting funding for education while funding multi-Billion$ sports stadiums
Unless they stop letting religious wackos dictate public policy
yeah...the country will go down the crapper...due to the above mentioned reasons.