The free market is not a struggle between rich and poor

Excerpts from, “Social Darwinism and the Free Market

The free market is not a struggle between rich and poor, strong and weak. It is the principal means by which human beings cooperate in order to live. If each of us had to produce all his food and shelter by himself, almost no one could survive.

The existence of large-scale society depends absolutely on social cooperation through the division of labor. Experience teaches man that cooperative action is more efficient and productive than isolated actions of self-sufficient individuals.

Social cooperation by no means benefits only the rich and more productive people in society. Precisely the reverse is the case. Collaboration of the more talented, more able and more industrious with the less talented, less able, and less industrious results in benefits for both. The gains derived from the division of labor are always mutual. The free market is not a struggle but a cooperative endeavor of supreme importance.

Government programs intended to aid the poor take from some to give to others: they strike against the cooperative aim of a free society. The poor fare far better in the free market than they do from government largesse.

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