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Competition

FEBRUARY 22, 2013

Competition occurs when two or more individuals seek the same finite ends. Scarcity of resources makes competition for them inevitable. In a capitalist system where individuals own property and cannot resort to coercive means, individuals must produce and trade goods and services in order to achieve their ends. Competing producers attempt to provide consumers with the best products at the lowest price in order to earn profits. Competing consumers attempt to outbid one another for these goods and services. 

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