The Long Game

In essence, there is a zero-sum game being played between the power class on one hand, and the popular class on the other hand. And this game is being played in a number of societies, but especially in the United States. However, history shows that in the long run, the people win the game and overcome the power class more often than not, if not always. Moreover, the decisions and strategies employed by the power class are more than often logically flawed and irrational if one analyzes and observes these decisions and strategies closely.

            To analyze some of these decisions and strategies, one need not go too far back in history. Just recently, Joe Biden’s first major act as president was a COVID stimulus package that actually increased short-term inflation based on the assessment of a number of economists. His second major act as president, which is the passage of an infrastructure bill and a spending bill, caters to a narrow base while acting as a ‘Trojan Horse’ to raise taxes on others. In turn, Biden’s second major act as president is something that 7 out of 10 Americans – if not more – reject outright.

            Also, over the course of the last seven years in Afghanistan, the guy who was deemed “The World’s Smartest Man” by the United Nations – who in turn ended up fleeing with bags of cash from his country even before foreigners had the chance to do so – ended up obstructing and stalling a peace process that he was installed to carry out successfully. Because of the zero-sum characteristics and nature of power between the power class and the popular class, either Ashraf Ghani had to win or the Taliban had to win, even though the power class in the United States who installed Ghani thought that “The World’s Smartest Man” could accommodate the interests of both sides.

            Thus, not only are state-society relations more often than not determined by a zero-sum game, but they are also determined by a “long game” that people end up winning because more often than not, the decision-making rationale and the strategies employed by the power class are flawed. For intelligent individuals who understand the nature of the game – with life itself being nothing more than a game – the choice is essentially between a bargain with the power class that renders short-term benefits but long-term failure on one hand, or short-term sacrifice for long-term benefits and satisfaction through advancing popular interests and siding with regular people.

And if it comes down to sheer numbers, the power class comprises of no more than 1 percent of the world’s population, whereas the popular class comprises of 99 percent of the world’s population. The zero-sum game and the long game between the power class and popular class are now global in scope, and the classes are also global in scope. Information and knowledge are more important than anything in making a choice. And now, with technology, the internet, and social media, information and knowledge are no longer as asymmetric as they were in the past.

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