Every kind of competition and struggle among masses of people leads to a selection of those who have the abilities which are necessary for survival under the given conditions of a free competition. It would be wrong to believe that struggle and social competition always foster and select those who are the best according to an absolute standard of worth. Selection only fosters those qualities and human abilities which correspond to those social tasks and the social conditions in which competition takes place. In war the struggle may select those who are strongest in a physical sense, who are the most efficient among the cruel conditions of fighting. Competition in an election campaign may foster those who have the greatest ability in creating slogans and propagating them with a loud voice. Competition in a special market may select those who are most unscrupulous. Competition within a bureaucracy, or even within the artistic and scientific world, may put those at a premium who are best at pulling strings and discovering influential patrons.