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Zero Sum Game

While the classical zero-sum game of scarcity and competition is essentially antisocial, it is not nearly as divisive as one might expect. What holds overdeveloped societies together is the common interest of all sectors to maintain their global position with respect to other societies they exploit. While capitalism propounds “freedom,” “democracy,” and “consent of the governed” to appease the masses both at home and overseas, in truth it is parasitic rule by the rich, with tongue-biting assent of the would-be rich. The peripheral awareness of this double social truth, which can never be directly confronted without appearing seditious, is no doubt in part responsible for the widespread cynicism in America with regard to politics. Which, of course, only aids those who hold actual power.

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