The Wealth Gap

Sun Tzu's strategy is the science of comparing relative positions. Sun Tzu's strategy offers a system for understanding the dynamics of positions. These dynamics create short-term random "jitters" in positions, but when you understand them, you can harness their power to create long-term progress in one direction or another. For example, an article by Markos Moulitas of the Daily Kos talks about the "wealth gap" and how the gap between the poorest and richest has grown during the Bush years. If Kos understood anything about strategic positions, he would see that this is GOOD news not bad. Why? Economic positions are based upon how much value an individual produces. The least amount of productivity is always zero. It is fixed there unless we are willing to force people into slave labor. If the wealth gap grows, it is because the people producing the most value in society are producing more and more value. This is, as I said, good news for everyone because it makes the world a richer place, not only for those who are rewarded for producing the value, but for the rest of us who are VOLUNTARILY paying them to get the benefit of that value, which we judge to be more valuable than what we are paying (otherwise we would keep our money). There are ONLY two ways to close the wealth gap. 1) Stop people from generating more value, saying by passing laws prohibiting some types of value production. In that case we are all the poorer because we stop value from being created. 2) Redistribute the wealth created. This is generally the "compassionate" program suggested. However, this solution rewrites the rules by which the dynamics of positions works. It rewards people for creating no value and punishes people for creating a great deal of value. Following the rules of reward and punishment that Sun Tzu set down 2,500 years ago, this means more people will choose to create no value and fewer people will choose to create a great deal of value. Again, the gap shrinks by making everyone poorer.