Inevitably – and the recent elections are a prime example – politics becomes a contest of campaigning, where political candidates are dependent on funding to participate in an election. This becomes problematic for many reasons, not the least, the voices of those without political, social, and economic capital are subordinated, and people are left to choose from a handful of parties that may or may not reflect the values they hope to see in a government.
We live in a society that assumes competition is the best way to advance individual and collective well being. However, is this really true, or just something that has been normalized? I argue that the culture of competition we live in is not something that is normal, but rather learned, and is deeply embedded in our conception of human nature.