Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Thought of the Day: Free People Cooperate

Our super markets are pulling in all kinds of shops. Sandwich shops. Coffee shops. Banks. Flower shops.  Even bars. It's how the original department stores were run. My former employer Waldenbooks started as a subcontracted department in a department store.  A friend of mine pointed out, "Even grocery stores are moving to having many of their vendors stock shelves and give kickbacks to the store for shelf location. That is kind of like bringing in the business."

If you are not bringing in the business you are failing.  Cooperation among entities without hierarchical control is the essence of free processes, free societies and the free market.  Truth is free markets are far, far, far, far, far more cooperative than competitive.  And government run organizations are far more competitive than people think - it's the only way to move up.