Raila should have known he was engaging in a zero-sum game
when he opted for the handshake.
That's the defining feature of populism, zero-sum games
. Left unchecked, rampant populism will, without exception, result in situations where the gain of one party is at the loss of the other, which paradoxically sounds a lot like the Hobbesian state of nature where men were to ensure their survival against the survival of others.
A zero-sum game
is simply 'a situation in which one person's gain is equivalent to another's loss, so the net change in wealth or benefit is zero.'
It is, however, virtually certain that the zero-sum game
would lead to another failure.
Communities have been balkanised as politics is reduced to a zero-sum game
Breaking the Zero-Sum Game
: Transforming Societies Through Inclusive Leadership
"Outside of vague moral notions and Manichean fables, truth was, in reality, no use at all," muses a character on his deathbed, in Eduardo Rabasa's ambitious, oft-hilarious political farce, A Zero-Sum Game
. Absurdly surreal lines like this abound in the trenchant satire, and in an American election year like none before, this translation of a Mexican novel resonates as eerily prophetic.
There's no zero-sum game
here, Spokesman Mark Toner told a regular briefing at the State Department, responding to a question about the recent remarks by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi he made during his 3-day visit to Washington this week.
John Hailer, Head of international distribution and chief executive officer of Natixis Global Asset Management Americas and Asia, said, "In the current market, traditional asset allocation has become a zero-sum game
. An investment approach that's fit for modern markets is needed.
IN SIMPLE TERMS, a zero-sum game
is one in which the victories of one competitor are exactly matched by the losses of another.
And while delayed and nonlinear viewing have somewhat lessened the importance of lineups--"Network scheduling isn't a zero-sum game
anymore," said Kelly Kahl, CBS senior evp, prime time--here are the biggest face-offs that advertisers, and network execs, will be keeping their eyes on come September.
Corruption may very well be one of the most blatant expressions of inequality in our society, a long-running zero-sum game
whose stakes keep getting higher." World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim stated.