A long time ago, watching people in my local community engage in business in a rather limited market, I observed a fact about competition that has stuck with me ever since. There’s a light side to it, and there’s a dark side. The light side is something I’ve referred to as “positive competition” ever since, and the dark side is “negative competition.” The idea is simple: positive competition occurs when people improve themselves to outcompete their competitors, and negative competition is when they try to put down their competition to lower their competitors’ perceived relative value instead. When we hear liberals and capitalists talk about how their systems produce positive-sum results where the tides rise and all ships are raised, they’re referring to the fact that positive competition creates a positive-sum feedback loop where everything improves, even the losers. The opposite happens and everything starts to fall apart. In this episode of James Lindsay OnlySubs, my subscribers-only podcast, I explain these two ideas and how Wokeness is designed to rationalize and justify a certain particularly unfortunate type of negative competition. The results will be predictable. At the end, I wrap up by encouraging you to find ways to tap into the positive-sum drive to take up positive competition and discourage negative competition wherever you see it. Don’t give in to the temptation of the dark side!
Previous episodes of OnlySubs can be found here.
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