The Beauty of Competition

Why does spontaneous order work in the classroom and society?  Because individuals in community, learn to compete; to launch efforts to serve the community while also helping themselves, without being brutish and nasty.

A few months ago, one Eagle started a store at school, selling snacks for admittedly high prices.  Still, with a monopoly, she did quite well.

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Yesterday, a competitor opened, with lower prices and different offerings.

Neither Eagle is selling health food – these are middle school efforts, not adult directed activities.  Nor has the original entrepreneur lowered her prices – at least not yet.  But healthier food and lower prices will emerge, if the individuals who make up the market demand it.

Competition within community, that’s what makes a health civil society.

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