Vancouver Canada has 23 community centers, some with swimming pools that can take your breath away. Learning from other cultures and countries is a sign of strength, not weakness. All people should share in the gains of productivity. Without a social contract, we become wolves. Without public goods, the market economy cannot survive. Beware of Social Darwinism, vulgar materialism and economic reductionism!
The role of the state and the necessity of common action is a main theme in the political debate. Regulation ensures the same rules for everyone in competition. Conservative politicians in the US underrate the importance of publically provided education, technology and infrastructure.