From The Wilson Quarterly, Daniel Akst on how competition seems to be hard-wired into humans, but is that such a bad thing?; Miles Hoffman on how competition can produce excellence, but there are many other factors at play; Benjamin Barber on how Americans are obsessed with competition, but they forget that cooperation and collective art are the foundation of freedom; and Tyler Cowen on how competitors can suddenly appear out of nowhere. As the world gets complicated, regulation finds some new fans from an unlikely quarter. Billions of economic decisions from entrepreneurs, consumers and investors are a force beyond the control of regulators.