We need systems that rely on engagement, communication, and a sense of common purpose and identity.
Socialism isn't the middle ground; the central planners (or expert Czars or "intellectual commitees") are subject to the same selfishness that Capitalism (without the moral restraints alluded to by most, if not all, of our founders) and Communism are. Man left to his own devices usually is "self-centered" and not altruistic. Otherwise, the socialist enitities on the world would be the utopias that their supporters think they will become; history has taught use differently (look at the pitiful state of Greece and many of the western European "socialist democracies" that are disentigrating before our eyes). Though not faultless, capitalistic societies have produced the most wealth, for a wider and more diverse contigency, than any other economic models in history. Are all "capitalists" self-centered? If so, then why does the USA provide 73% of all worldwide charity (both religious and secular) in the world? One answer, they can! One can buy more Thanksgiving turkeys (for the homeless and poor) with $10,000.00 than you can with $10.00 (not to judge intention or heart attitude, just the practice ability). To sum up the system that can provide an individual the fruits of their labors:
I think it's difficult to distinguish, but there is a difference, between incentive/reward and feedback. It feels good to be a positive influence, but only if you know that your influence has been positive. Imagine if every time you held a door open you had no idea whether anyone walked through it....
Nice article. In some sense this should be obvious to any human being, but for some reason, particularly in the US (IMHO), the idea that selfish behavior drives the majority of decisions has reigned supreme for a long time despite evidence to the contrary in our everyday lives.