Sun Tzu teaches that attacking others is the poorest way to make progress. In most situations, we hurt ourselves more than we hurt our opponents. This problem is illustrated by the recent ban on new fast-food restaurants in LA
. While the politicians think they are attacking fast-food, they are actually rewarding them and actually giving them a pile of profits to promote their product. In banning new competitors, the politicians are guaranteeing the profits of existing restaurants, removing any incentive for them to provide healthier food, and, at the same time, preventing the opening of any new fast-food restaurants that might offer a healthier, low-priced alternative. Do you think the existing restaurants came up with the idea and offer political donations to support it?