Seinfeld Teaches Collaboration

Throughout the Seinfeld series, Newman is a consistent irritation to Jerry.  Their relationship is shown through the distinctive greeting Jerry develops for the corpulent postal-worker.

Once their interests converge, however, Jerry is quick to act:

My point?

Even if every libertarian, liberty-minded Republican, anarchist, minarchist, voluntarist, and Christian-anarchist joined forces to vote against the main block of the country, we would still lose.  The sad truth is that we don’t have the numbers.

To be effective, we have to form alliances with people with whom we disagree and sometimes don’t even like. Too often, we refuse to do that.

We have many reasons: we come from different philosophies, we personally don’t like those other people, or maybe, like Newman, they’re fat and work for the government.  

Liberty-minded people have a bad habit of considering ourselves better than others. Yes, it’s somewhat justified. We often have thought more rigorously, carefully, and thoroughly about politcs and philosophy. We have the truth on our side. Sadly, outside of Rand novels, that isn’t enough. We don’t have the numbers.

Jerry Seinfeld shows us that we can overcome personal differences to work toward a common goal. Seinfeld recognizes this principle: it doesn’t matter who brings the positive change. As long as there is positive change, we’re better off. Ends do not justify means, but they do justify collaboration.

Even they can lay their differences aside when they have a common purpose, even if their motivations are different.

Don’t compromise on principle — Jerry still  doesn’t like Newman — but you have to cooperate with people if you want to succeed.

Take a cue from Seinfeld:  Learn to collaberate. 

*Yes: Jerry didn’t exactly succeed, but his failure was clearly a comic stunt.

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