With his banal -- and fallacious -- supposition that the "opposite" of win-lose (zero-sum) is win-win, Greg Ip indicates that the sum of his understanding of game theory is zero. Actually, the interesting thing about non-zero-sum games is that they present the players with dilemmas, such as the prisoner's dilemma or Garrett Hardin's tragedy of the commons.
The Sandwichman discussed the polemical use and abuse of game theory terminology in a series of posts back in April under the collective heading of "Zero-Sum Foolery":
- Game Theory Gamesmanship
- Doomsday Climate Machine
- Forecast Factory
- Wage Prisoner's Dilemma
- Is the Road to Hell Paved with Pareto Improvements?
Pretending to refute the perception that there is "only so much work to go 'round" is a boilerplate canard that the Sandwichman tackled back in 2005. In theory, of course, there is no inherent limit to the amount of work to be done. How that actually plays out in practice, however, is another matter. It depends.
For two and a half centuries, propagandists have laboriously blurred the distinction between propositions and perceptions in order to demonstrate that those they disagree with are stupid. Some of the commenters on Sussman's article appear to have been indoctrinated to that well-worn refrain:
"Tired of the whiners about 'no jobs'. Slothful gluttonous slugs by no other name."
"Sounds like a 'study' designed to reach the preconceived conclusion of progressives."
"You can't believe something this silly. That would imply that all consumer demands have been fulfilled, Nirvana is here. Such utter nonsense."