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Zero Sum Games Guest on 27th August 2020 04:41:13 PM
  1. Zero Sum Games:  The Fallacy of Capitalism
  2.  
  3.  
  4. by Michael S. Hart
  5. Founder
  6. Project Gutenberg,
  7. Inventor of eBooks
  8.  
  9.  
  10. 1.  A Little About What Zero Sum Games Are
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  12.  
  13. A Zero Sum Game is a system in which there
  14. is nothing coming into the system, just an
  15. eternal reshuffling of present materials.
  16.  
  17. The Earth is just such a system, excepting
  18. for the incoming radiation from the sun or
  19. the impact of meteors from outer space.
  20.  
  21. In such a system, the only thing happening
  22. is a shuffling and reshuffling of things.
  23.  
  24. In total truth, everything on Earch is out
  25. of the ground.
  26.  
  27. In that sense, we owe it all to the farmer
  28. and the miner, for those are the only ones
  29. who really bring it out to us.
  30.  
  31. Yet we consider them as nearly nothing.
  32.  
  33. As much as we are so proud of ourselves we
  34. are simply materal from the Earth shuffled
  35. by our genes into something else.
  36.  
  37. We are literaly made from the Earth/dirt.
  38.  
  39. If we want to get really technical most of
  40. the heavier elements on Earth, including a
  41. few required in our own bodies, are from a
  42. lot of other places in outer space, though
  43. very few people wich to acknowledge this.
  44.  
  45. How do we know?
  46.  
  47. Because the heavier elements can only make
  48. themselves in the heavier stars' furnaces,
  49. much heavier and hotter than our sun.
  50.  
  51. In addition, they only get OUT of the star
  52. that is making them when it explodes.
  53.  
  54. Some common example of zero sum games have
  55. been the various financial exchanges where
  56. everyone talks about billions being made--
  57. or lost--when all that is really happening
  58. is that they are being traded, but nothing
  59. at all is really gained or lost. . .just a
  60. change in how much we price them at.
  61.  
  62. The price changes. . .not the item.
  63.  
  64. We change our minds about how much a thing
  65. is worth. . .and that is all.
  66.  
  67. Another more obvious example is card games
  68. and other forms of gambling.  So much cash
  69. is laid down at the start, it gets moved a
  70. lot from person to person, but in the end,
  71. it's just the same amount of cash, minus a
  72. portion for food, drink, tips, rent, etc.
  73.  
  74. Sometimes things' value can be increased a
  75. lot simply by moving them around.
  76.  
  77. Moving perishable foods and medicines from
  78. one place to another, for example.
  79.  
  80. Moving atoms and molecules around is quite
  81. literally the realm of chemistry.
  82.  
  83. Moving larger pieces is the physics realm.
  84.  
  85. Integrating them into new systems is named
  86. engineering.
  87.  
  88. Nearly all modern industry is engineering,
  89. or based on engineering.
  90.  
  91. However, the term engineering has now been
  92. co-opted to also mean genetic engineering,
  93. or moving things around with chemicals and
  94. other microscopic processes.
  95.  
  96. But the point I want to make is that quite
  97. literally everything we have is dirt/Earth
  98. and has been simply shuffled or reshuffled
  99. any number of times to get to what current
  100. form it has today.
  101.  
  102. Books were trees.
  103.  
  104. The leather bindings were cows.
  105.  
  106. The cloth bindings were linen or buckram.
  107.  
  108. The object that were not plants were quite
  109. likely just minerals dug out of the Earth,
  110. and the animals ate the plants and Earth.
  111.  
  112. There is really very little else.
  113.  
  114. Except the minds of humanity.
  115.  
  116. We give things their value.
  117.  
  118. Money has no value other than what we say.
  119.  
  120. In reality, money is totally fictional.
  121.  
  122. Think about that for a while someday.
  123.  
  124. Money is just made up.
  125.  
  126. It doesn't mean any more than what we say,
  127. and if no one will give you what you want,
  128. then your money has lost its value.
  129.  
  130. You might want to read my inflation essays
  131. as they highlight this with good examples.

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