I want to advance a somewhat outrageous thesis.
I want to suggest that commerce has anthropomorphic qualities. Think about the way James Lovelock advanced the thesis that the Earth's atmosphere was a living entity, call Gaia. Gaia was not to be considered like a living being but it was to be considered an entity that could respond to changes autonomously much like a living being. It also served as a useful hypothesis.
Why do I think commerce can be thought of as a living being?
I am looking at the past three years in which a Democratic administration that hates business explicitly states its hatred of Wall Street, hedge funds, it's desire to create class warfare and it's desire to expand the state at the expense of increased taxes on business and capital investment.
In response I see three years of apathetic near nonexistent commercial growth.
Commerce seems to be responding to a hostile government by saying 'you don't like me I am not going to perform for you.' And commerce hands the Democrats the worst labor market in half a century.
That is why I think of commerce as a living being. It is almost as though commerce in the United States was listening to the Democratic Congress and the rabid anti-business president.
I can understand that commerce is the byproduct of human evolution. If computer geeks have the audacity to think the computers will have human attributes, I don't feel totally outrageous by suggesting the same for commerce.