The science behind capitalism
“The economic system called capitalism has been described in many ways, but at its core, it is quite simply free people freely interacting with other free people. Capitalism has transformed the world by producing more wealth than any other economic system in the history of civilization.
But how does it produce such wealth? Some have said freedom is the magic potion – that left to their own devices, free people will outperform any other economic system.
That is true, but the ultimate reason is deeper and firmly based in science and fact. In the past few decades, a great deal of research has been done on what is called swarm intelligence. Swarm intelligence attempts to explain and understand the collective behavior of group animals. Think of honeybees, schools of fish, herds of bison, flocks of birds, etc.
The intelligence of the swarm is a significant multiplier. Rather than relying solely on individual intelligence, these groups create a collective intelligence that is orders of magnitudes beyond that of any individual member.
They do so without any leader, with no management of any sort, with no one “seeing the big picture.” In fact, having no one in charge is a key ingredient to swarm intelligence. This incredible increase in intelligence is driven by countless interactions among individual members, with each following simple rules of thumb and reacting to their local environment and those members around them. That’s it.
Perhaps counterintuitively, if an individual member did attempt to become a leader, the group intelligence would drop precipitously. And although it may be difficult to grasp, this self-organizing behavior has no cause and effect. It simply is.
Think of the intelligence of one of the members of these swarms versus the intelligence of the group. We are talking about not adding a few group I.Q. points, but rather increases in intelligence by orders of magnitude.
My hypothesis is this same process is the scientific basis for the success of capitalism, and in fact the success of the human race. This swarm intelligence has always been at work, but with our highly developed communication skills and the ability to record and store knowledge our collective swarm intelligence is truly astounding. Just like the honeybee, our swarm is orders of magnitude more intelligent than even the brightest among us.
And thus capitalism, which is just individual freedom as expressed in an economic system, is absolutely certain to “work.” It is a scientific fact just as certain as gravity. And just like the swarm, it does so with no leader, no management, and no one seeing the big picture – no cause and effect. It just is.
And just like the swarm, when we attempt to place leaders in this process, the collective intelligence plummets. This explains why governments and their activities are always going to be far stupider than free individuals going about their daily lives. This isn’t a political statement, but a factual one.
Again, we aren’t talking about knocking off a couple group I.Q. points, but rather magnitudinal increases in stupidity. This stupidity multiplier isn’t restricted to governments; it applies to all organizations, the larger the worse…..” Please read on: