Berend de Boer has emailed me an excellent speech by US Organic Food entrepreneur, John Mackey.
At the time I started my business, the Left had taught me that business and capitalism were based on exploitation: exploitation of consumers, workers, society, and the environment. I believed that “profit” was a necessary evil at best, and certainly not a desirable goal for society as a whole. However, becoming an entrepreneur completely changed my life. Everything I believed about business was proven to be wrong.
The most important thing I learned about business in my first year was that business wasn’t based on exploitation or coercion at all. Instead I realized that business is based on voluntary cooperation. No one is forced to trade with a business; customers have competitive alternatives in the market place; employees have competitive alternatives for their labor; investors have different alternatives and places to invest their capital. Investors, labor, management, suppliers, they all need to cooperate to create value for their customers. If they do, then any realized profit can be divided amongst the creators of the value through competitive market dynamics.
In other words, business is not a zero-sum game with a winner and loser. It is a win, win, win, win game ‘and I really like that’.
Read the full speech here.
This speech articulates far more eloquently than I could, a better way forward for the freedom movement.
The left has the idealism to attract youth, but has few real practical solutions. The freedom movement has heaps of solutions, but we often under values the idealistic potential of our ideas and allow ourselves to be painted as motivated only by personal material success.
I am going to be answering some pretty tough questions in the next few days. I took on the challenge because I am idealistic about freedom and wanted to show that freedom is not only immensely practical, but also incredibly inspiring.
I urge all my readers, left, right and centre, to read the above article because it effectively demonstrates a better way to advance the cause of human liberty.