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Money is power. Power is relative. Sociopaths seek money to obtain wealth/power and are incentivised to bring down the relative wealth/power of everyone else. This is why the saying "a rising tide lifts all boats" doesn't work IRL; someone's drilling holes in all the other boats.
In a system of capitalism/competition, sociopaths always win, since they're the ones who are willing to do anything to get ahead (a problem made worse by the fact that wealth kills empathy). Once they're ahead they're motivated to keep everyone else down.…
The narrative that competition and the rat race uplifts everyone is necessarily false, because the rats who climb to the top of the rope have every incentive to cut it behind them. Everything they value is offered as an incentive to keep everyone else from succeeding.
Capitalists argue the real problem is big government, which plutocrats can manipulate for power. But even if we eliminated government altogether and went full ancap, wealth would still give you a huge power edge and power would still be relative, maintaining this same dynamic.
It's impossible to design a system where one can obtain way more wealth than anyone else and not be incentivized to, and capable of, sabotaging everyone behind them to expand their own relative power. Some sort of collaborative model is the only way our species survives.
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