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P. J. O’Rourke’s Pizza Boxes Metaphor Explaining the Triumph of Capitalism

By William K. Black
(Cross posted at Benzinga.com)

P.J. O’Rourke’s column:  “Dear Mr. President, Zero-Sum Doesn’t Add Up” claims that the following metaphor explains President Obama’s world view and policy choices: “life [is] like a pizza, where if some people have too many slices, other people have to eat the pizza box.”

A zero-sum interaction occurs when one party’s gain must exactly match the other party’s loss.  Continue reading