As for competition, I agree that it's necessary for progress, within reason (i.e. not to the point of exploitation). Is a nation having a social conscious (reasonable aid to those who simply cannot compete) not progressive, not in some way more evolved?
We're talking apples and oranges. You're in support of a particular economic system - having work be valued based upon the demand for it - and everything that I say will be viewed within the framework of that particular economic system. So I guess I can't say much.