I've noticed that in Canadian culture we seem to place so much emphasis on competitiveness and often equate it with efficiency. In my mind, though, it would appear that efficiency is best achieved not through competitiveness, but rather through co-operation. To take a few examples:
With each lawyer focussed on trying to prove a case, it's more likely that the lawyer will neglect facts that don't prove his case, facts that the opposition lawyer might fail to discover, and so go unnoticed. Would it not be more efficient for the lawyers to work together, perhaps with each focussing on some point of strengh in his search for the truth rather than trying to prove his case?
Businesses spend untold billions in trying to undermine the compeition through advertisements. Natural monopolies that wold by definition function more efficiently as monolopies are broken apart by the government all in the name of competition with no regard for efficiency. More money wasted. Couldn't businesses all agree to comon restrictions on advertising spending so as to not waste so much money jus competing with one another?
Then we have governments engage in trade wars, leading to further economic disruption, and then we have strategic manipulation of the currency to our benefit, only to suffer when the other country retaliates with its own monetary manipulation. Again, could we not learn from Europe and its economic collaboration?
Then labour and management put production to a halt in labour disputes, with nothing being produced, thus no profits, and a net loss to both sides. Why couldn't we just give workers voting rights for the board of directors as a forum where labour andmanagement could settle their issues through a vote?
Politicians organize into parties, each pitted against the other, with yet more millions spent on negative advertising, and time wasted in gridlock.Why could we not simply have independent candidates as is the case in the Nunavut legislature, which would likely reducepartisanship and thus parliamentary gridlock?
Then we have wars as a solution to disputes. I'm not against war at all costs, but it does seem that war has become viewed as an excessively expedient solution in the last decade. Again, why cold we not share a common force, or at least establish and enforce common rules determining when it is approapriate to use our forces?
What could we do to promote efficiency, even if it has to come through co-operation, rather than stick ot the mantra of competitiveness at all costs? We're dealing with untold billions of dollars at stake that culd be better used elsewhere.