The World Cup: A Metaphor for life and economics

Brazil and Croatia | FIFA
Brazil and Croatia | FIFA

LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2014 – The world’s best soccer players are participating in the preeminent soccer event, The World Cup, and it is exhilarating.

Countries choose their best 11 players for their starting line up; this is serious competition and nobody want less than the best for each position so that they stand a chance of winning.

As Robin van Persie of the Netherlands said after beating Spain last Saturday, “the key was to keep the pressure on till the very end, which we were able to do because we’re in great shape.”

Only the best can keep pressure to the very end.

In soccer, players must constantly prove themselves. If a player loses focus, he is replaced.

This reminds us of the concept of the free market. Yet in the process of organizing a societies resources, something far more important than the World Cup, we seem to reject these principles that create victory on the soccer pitch.

Somehow, in the real world, these principles are considered evil and inhumane. Is that not hypocrisy on a mass scale?

Humanity pays for this hypocrisy.

Resources are wasted, knowledge progress is slower because of modern superstitions that the market should not be about the best but about connections.

In a free society, the connection is found through ability. A free society denies nobody success based on ability.

We are all witnessing changing times because of rejections of principles that allow the best to excel. Pundits manipulate numbers and statistics, such as employment numbers, but fail to see the reality beyond just the numbers.

Yet the US sent its best soccer players to the World Cup, based simply on their ability.

The White House engages in bizarre and confusing talk about increasing income inequality when they do nothing about the Federal Reserve constantly propping up the proven worst banks after bailing them out.

Iran sends its best soccer players to the World Cup. Yet at home the country constantly suppresses the economy.

Being a military man does not mean one can run a business.

The Iranian military is deeply embedded in the economy, that is their bribe to protect the Ayatollahs. Certainly the best are running nothing in Iran, yet they understand that “the best” succeed; that is why their best soccer players are competing in Brazil.

Nigeria desperately wants to be seen as the leader of Africa. Recently Nigeria statistically became the richest country in Africa by changing the counting method it uses to measure wealth. When people go to such dubious lengths to create an image, they are illusionists. Like the illusion the left sells that only rich people want freedom and poor people must deny that they have a mind even if their mind is superior in some aspects. In reality the call to liberty has always been a shield for the poor as they are the ones denied opportunity.

Obviously deep down humans know the truth about freedom. Arrogance and lack of humility gets in the way. Humility begins with acceptance of the truth that there is a possibility that others are better. That is why there is need for a free market. Not accepting these truths leads to envy as one is too arrogant to admit others can do better.

The arrogance leads to laws and customs that make their illusions reality. The root of the evil is money. The free market understand that every single human is a light of humanity.

If we follow the principal that we all know, that sending our best breeds success, perhaps we could all succeed.

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