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Is Capitalism All about Dog-Eat-Dog Competition?

“Markets are a vast cooperative enterprise in which buyers and sellers work together to set prices and allocate resources. Transactions occur without coercion and, in fact, occur only with cooperation.”

— Jason Voss, CFA, director, CFA Institute

Yesterday, I played ‚??Ten Tennis‚?Ě with my grandson Luke (age 9). I invented this new version of tennis called ‚??Ten Tennis‚?Ě to make the game more enjoyable when two people have significant differences in ability (which happens quite frequently, I’ve found). The standard game of tennis is a highly competitive one: ‚??I win, you lose.‚?Ě

But with Ten Tennis, the game suddenly becomes cooperative. Basically, we begin with the regular serve, but the idea is to work together and hit the ball toward each other and keep the game going for at least ten volleys. Once we keep it going for ten volleys, it becomes competitive and we see who can win. We tied in two games, 3-3, and 6-6. It’s the only way to play tennis!

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Mark Skousen is a college professor, prolific author and world-renowned speaker. He‚??s made his unique sense of market and investment trends known and respected in the financial world. With a Ph.D. in economics and a focus on the principles of free-market capitalism and ‚??Austrian‚?Ě economics, Mark Skousen has often gone contrary to the crowd in his investment choices and economic predictions ‚?? and has often been proved right.

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Is Capitalism All about Dog-Eat-Dog Competition?

“Markets are a vast cooperative enterprise in which buyers and sellers work together to set prices and allocate resources. Transactions occur without coercion and, in fact, occur only with cooperation.”

— Jason Voss, CFA, director, CFA Institute

Yesterday, I played ‚ÄúTen Tennis‚ÄĚ with my grandson Luke (age 9). I invented this new version of tennis called ‚ÄúTen Tennis‚ÄĚ to make the game more enjoyable when two people have significant differences in ability (which happens quite frequently, I’ve found). The standard game of tennis is a highly competitive one: ‚ÄúI win, you lose.‚ÄĚ

But with Ten Tennis, the game suddenly becomes cooperative. Basically, we begin with the regular serve, but the idea is to work together and hit the ball toward each other and keep the game going for at least ten volleys. Once we keep it going for ten volleys, it becomes competitive and we see who can win. We tied in two games, 3-3, and 6-6. It’s the only way to play tennis!

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