If there's a disagreement about the right way to do something, then, competition should be used. If there's a general consensus, then cooperation should be used. That's the way I see it.
If the disagreement is about who should have a bigger pile of money, well, that's a little social malajustment (in my opinion) and can be corrected with a big can of whup-ass (or humility).
There are times when you wish to engage in competition for its own sake. That's best relegated to sports.
>The critical issue here is to examine the ways in which competition is
>padded with subsidies while cooperation (outside of corporations) is
>left to its own devices, often horribly underfunded. When compared on
>equal footing, I think cooperation wins hands down.
When done incorrectly, cooperation can be expensive. If everyone is so eager to cooperate that you keep adding in just-one-more suggestion, you end up with a big ugly muddle.
John Kawakami johnk at cyberjava.com http://www.riceball.com/ethnoveg - the ethnic studies + vegetarianism list