MODERN CAPITALISTIC SOCIETY is based on competition, and for many people, this is an unquestionably good thing: competition leads to efficiency and faster progress, right? Radio host and activist Thom Hartmann, however, disagrees. He says that humans evolved to function better in “We Societies,” where we are more concerned with taking care of each other, than we are with beating each other. He argues that progress is the result of technology, and that our competitiveness has gotten in the way of technology, more than it has fostered it.

The idea is an important one, especially in an increasingly globalized world, as we start to see more and more of the negative effects of our competitive society: widespread poverty, huge economic inequality, and massive environmental damage. Would a society focusing on “We” as a whole, rather than pitting us against each other, be better for our species and our planet?

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