Someone finally notices that Democrats are unlikely to thrive in the emerging zero sum world:
“When political scientist Harold Lasswell, writing in the mid-1930s, defined politics as the decisions society makes about “who gets what, when, and how,” he might as well have been describing the debate over taxes and spending in the United States today. But what happens when the focus of the political debate changes from who gets what to who loses what? This concept is unfamiliar to Americans, who have enjoyed more than 100 years of (mostly) uninterrupted economic growth.”
Democrats operate on the assumption that the economy will continue to grow because that is what it has done in the immediate past and because we are always “progressing” to a better state.
They are not prepared for the possibility that “growth” might unexpectedly stop one day and be replaced by “contract.” This underlying change in reality would throw all their plans into chaos.
Update: Michael Lind has some comments on zero sum politics.