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  •  I think that 'zero sum game' is key. (11+ / 0-)

    I also think it's incredibly wrong, but I think it's key to why such divides become more than mere uneasiness with 'others'.  The notion that if group A prospers, group B will automatically decline is what makes group B so fierce in protecting what it perceives as its privileges.  And in small, limited circumstances, it's true.  If there's one sandwich available, if one person eats it all, person B goes hungry.

    The mistake, I think, lies in not realizing that in working together, we can be more efficient, and produce more sandwiches for everyone.  So maybe guy A doesn't get to eat ALL the sandwiches, but he still gets more than half a sandwich if he works together with guy B, because they can create more than just one sandwich working as a team, rather than wasting time and effort working against each other.  Maybe they're even efficient enough that both A and B get a sandwich and a half each while working together.

    •  Thank you so much for your reply (4+ / 0-)
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      AoT, LSophia, YucatanMan, luckydog

      I agree with completely. I think that Karl Marx has an interesting take on the idea that the society is like a skyscraper. It has an exterior (family life, race relations, etc) but it is hanging from a superstructure. The superstructure is the economy and social organizations form and grow on that structure.

    •  "He who dies with the most toys wins." (7+ / 0-)

      This used to just be an amusing, oddball bumper sticker.  But in today's world, it is akin to a death rattle for humanity.   It has literally became a scriptural war cry and tenet of the GOP.  As such, it is a handy substitution in their eyes for an extremely pesky, nuisance verse....."It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven." Matt. 19:24

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