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The only war that really matters right now!

4 May

The only war that really matters right now!
2018 May 4th 

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going nuclear, the psychotic factions of the 0.1% driving to the end

I will describe the geopolitical baseline, with which I evaluate events on the world stage.

1. Since the late 1980s, a single dominant nation-state has ‘ostensibly‘ been ‘running the show’, including overwhelming alignment/domination of certain ‘spheres of interest‘, and using spheres of interest agency, along with their own, to further establish their, what is effectively, protection racket.

2. At the time of the emergence of the dominant nation-state, as the principle nation-state actor, said nation-state had a well-developed economy, diverse and educated population base, and provided stable security to its citizens in: food, shelter, protection from unfair assail, internal and external, health and education, infrastructure to enable advanced economic activities.

3. But the dominant nation-state had been shifting the concentration of its efforts on a different economic paradigm, skimming; skimming from every transaction of the planet, all (for the most part) denominated in it’s fiat currency! Thus, on many, many different levels, mechanisms were refined, established, and optimized on a continual-improvement basis, to skim better, more, and with less accountability (more stealth). All that was required to keep this rainmaker going was continued adherence of the nations of the world, to the dominant nation’s/collective/hegemon’s system of finance, in which, they skim; so to accomplish this, they devoted extreme amounts to military, and military technology/capability development, and enforced, mostly by bullying, this adherence.

4. Of course to maintain the burn rate on the military and military technology development spending, resource were ‘necessarily (some would say ‘systemically‘) diverted from such things as: “…food, shelter, protection from unfair assail, internal…“, “…health and education, infrastructure to enable advanced economic activities.“, thereby degrading standards of living almost universally, except for the extremely wealthy, who, as it would turn out, were much, much, much better off!?!

5. But something went wrong, or did it? The returns on investment into the military and military technology development seems to have lagged. As the acceleration of the social schism/economic polarization progressed, the extreme minority group became less and less tethered to any meaningful connections to life on the planet, and the rest of the people became less and less empowered to be able to do anything about it.

6. The skill and capability for skimming out-stripped and undermined all other capability, like a neurosis, it became an obsession, in and of itself, (along with one or more agendas among the competing factions of this rarefied segment of society); so all that money, redirected from services that governments are supposed to provide to societies, to military and military technology development, got skimmed!

Update 2018.05.06: please see Saker article 2018.05.05 “Military and non-miltary escalation into nuclear war.“, and excellent comments, in which R. Lesnoix details systemic corruption in U.S. military and MIC.

7. Of course, all this skimming activity, at the fattest point of the system, greatly reinforced the accelerating polarization of society, mostly by multiplying the concentration of wealth to factions comprising a minute minority, and furthering their disassociation from humanity and empathy to life, in general.

8. One can see, in retrospect, that one or more faction likely came into the struggle with a dedicated negative sum gain gaming approach. Since it will out-compete other models, this has certainly become the norm, so while they concentrate truly incomprehensible amounts of wealth and/or power, the overall capability of the society to create surplus wealth/power for skimming is diminishing, potentially now at a logarithmic rate.

9. The distraction and neurosis of the motive membership in the elite wealth/power-hording factions, already detached from reality and obsessive/compulsive to it’s very core, is being greatly exacerbated by the inevitable weaknesses being exposed, as the ramped-up sociopathic bullying behaviours of the empire alienates besieged and/or less/alternatively controlled societies, who as a direct result of the empire’s bullying bahaviours, have been forced to increase their capacities and develop alternative infrastructures to circumvent the empire’s sociopathic controlling for the purposes of skimming, and to quell the associated neurotic anxiety caused by anything less than 100% control of everything!

10. The obsessive-compulsive drive for control-of-everything-that-can-be controlled, to compensate for the the empire’s external control faltering, is causing a steep clampdown on dissent and fact-based information getting to the people, thereby enlarging a perception gap between citizens living under the empire’s control, and those living out of the direct controlling influences of the empire. [standard warmongering activity – nothing new there, only the means of effecting this perceptual schism.]

It is this baseline that provides the context for day-to-day, and year-to-year events, including a question posed by Pepe Escobar at the Vineyard of the Saker cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author:

Eurasia torn between war and peace

Eurasia, holdouts from the obsessive hegemonic drives of the quorum of 0.1% factions, together, effectively The Empire executive, having benefited greatly from the obsessive power-mongering of the the Empire executive, to enable a startling development of the own infrastructures, China, and flippant detachment from reality, greatly reducing ability to assess reality and make structural adjustments, Russia, along with Iran, controlling a preponderance of the emerging primary petro-chemical energy source, natural gas, has no other option but to join the emerging Eurasian group, in building.

At it’s very fundamental essence, this comes down to two diametrically antagonistic ideologies, building and destroying.

The problem, for us, the inhabitants of planet Earth, is that it is much easier to destroy, than to build.
The real issue is the sick cancer of the reality-detached psychopaths within the elite power-mongering factions of the 0.1%.
The war between the elite power-mongering factions of the 0.1% and humanity is the real war, and the war on which the fate of humanity and likely the biosphere will depend.

This is a war which has been underway for some time, by one of the sides, and to which the other side must acknowledge and engage, if the planet is to be saved!


 

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War on Dissent

31 Jan

2018 January 31st

I recently read C.J. Hopkins excellent 1700 word essay entitled,The War on Dissent.  I recommend it for everyone to read.  Here is an excerpt:

…we we no longer live in a world where nation-against-nation conflict is driving the course of political events. We live in a world where global capitalism is driving the course of political events. The economies of virtually every nation on the planet are hopelessly interdependent. Capitalist ideology pervades all cultures, despite their superficial differences. It is a globally hegemonic system, so it has no external enemies. None. The only threats it faces are internal. Its “enemies” are, by definition, insurgent … in other words, “extremist” or “terrorist.”

I will be adding my own thoughts to it shortly…  ish

In the meantime, here is C.J. Hopkins part II – The War on Dissent

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/16/the-war-on-dissent-the-specter-of-divisiveness/

Women… wasn’t it supposed to be about “equality”?

26 Jan

Women… wasn’t it supposed to be about “equality”?

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2018 01 26

In the evening, on the day before yesterday, shortly after viewing an amusing, yet incisive video The War on Men by Paul Joseph Watson, I took one of my occasional quick looks at the CBC News web site, to see what the Empire was pushing, as their information-crack, flavour of the moment.

The objective observer could hardly be surprised to see that yet another highly public lynching was initiated, with the universal culprit-of-the-moment, men, this time personified in the figure of the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.  (note, this is a traumatic video due to the extreme stress and degradation that this man is under during the video included).

I am explicitly not naming the accused to avoid contributing the tsunami of negative press linked to his name.

I have never been a fan of this political leader, ever since he won the party leadership a couple of years ago, and highly suspicious of the actual party control, and their agenda, for quite a while, since the Duffer; so there was little chance of me ever voting for him.  Nonetheless, especially in the context of the timing of this ‘revelation’, in relation to the scheduled Ontario provincial election June 7th, is it?   the probability that it ISN’T politically motivated, is very skinny.

That aside, we have witnessed, in the past few years, a growing trend towards a systematic undermining of the designated channel for dispute resolution and justice adjudication, the judiciary, by the increasingly powerful media agency, which has become more akin to an outright propaganda and perception management department of the 0.1% ruling elite.

Hmmm… so what the fuck is going on?

With the understandable disillusionment on the electorate in Ontario with the matron Wynne’s government, (the scrapping of the Oakville hydro projects at the bequest of key campaign contributors, read members of the 0.1% elite, under the McGuinty government is the mess that keeps on wrecking the province, among Ms. Wynne’s other championed causes)  preponderance of knowledgeable and forthright political analysts (extremely few sanction by the media/propaganda agency, for obvious reasons), would have agreed that all the Ontario Progressive Conservatives (PCs) had to do was to lock him up in a room, protected from the ‘media’ until the voting was over, and get a minority government for sure, maybe more.

From the evil empire’s current puppet agency’s perspective (AKA the Wynne government), who, make no mistake about it, have the latest version of the modern methods to ‘win’ an election by any means, regardless of actual disposition of the electorate, let alone what is in the best interests of the 99%.  They have all of the mechanisms and personnel in all the places that matter to sway the course of an election, including very accurate predictive big-data models, and found that the hide him in a closet approach would still result in a defeat for the government!

They had to drop the bomb!

But who’s to say it wasn’t an inside job?  Right on plan?!

There is no defense against an allegation of this sort; in this case it was called, as it often is, “accusation”.  The public has been ‘trained’ to exercise mob justice and to lynch upon accusation.  And, of course, the key word here is ‘”accusation”; all that has to happen is for someone to accuse a person, so far ONLY men, and that is it, destroyed life and any in-progress ventures, regardless of disposition with respect to innocence or guilt!

Don’t get me wrong, if the guy is guilty of something, I think he should be subject to the typical sanctions as specified under the applicable laws.

But it won’t matter one bit if he is fully exonerated, when ever it will be that the judicial process is concluded.

It is difficult to conceive of this person (the now former Ontario PC leader), having committed crime so heinous and terrible that it could be meaningfully compared to the crime of tearing down and nullifying the fundamental, some would say, “defining” achievement of our civilization, the right to fair representation before impartial jurists, as documented in the process, defined by the “Law”!

At this stage of the game, this close to the provincial election, the normal process of comparatively transparent leadership selection will certainly be fixed, with some kind of a ‘special process’ to select the leader, who has a high probability of becoming the province’s next premier.

The Jian Ghomeshi case

There is a contemporary case to which we may compare this lynching.  Some might see it as the ‘pilot’ run for the entire program of undermining this institution in society.  The Canadian media establishment (propaganda agency 1 – the CBC), selected one of their own ‘puppets’ to test their new process.  He was a personality, as many of his ilk, seemingly brought forth from wafer-thin credentials, to assume the ‘face’ of the primary contemporary affairs program at the corporation.  This person was apparently intrinsic in the design of the brand new radio show, which was build around his own style and affectations.

I will say now, that after a sustained blizzard of allegations, from multiple actors, all women, and ensuring stream of ongoing defamations, all presented on the front page of the media, led by the corporation, which effectively destroyed any possibility of assumption of innocence, he was eventually exonerated of all charges.

The Canadian activist Karen Straughan and “one of Australia’s first sex therapists and editor of Forum magazine”, renowned sane equal rights activist, Bettina Arndt, intelligently discuss the anti-social male hatred campaign, now under way, #MeToo and feminists’ male chastity crusade – Part 1 .

A great civilization in not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”

W. Durant

It does not look good!

 

Guilty by Accusation – trial, verdict and punishment by the Mainstream Media

31 Dec

2017 December 31

gavel pounding GUILTY!

GUILTY!

Guilty by Accusation – trial, verdict and punishment by the Mainstream Media -social retrogression in the empire

Above and beyond the ridiculous narratives, which is nothing less than seditition and/or treason against the people of the United States of America, we now have trial and verdict quickly administrated by the main stream media/propaganda agencies for the 0.1%.

Not that the attack on the POTUS is acceptable, but the pretense of acceptability is bolstered by the long standing media critiques of the public service, and elected representation specifically.

While pronouncements by the media/propaganda agencies against their pets, agents, and some notable corporate directorship, are clearly sacrificial offerings to the mob, and without a shadow of a doubt, payback for some kind of dissidence, and/or failure to observe some secret strictures, the establishment of the ‘legal framework’, and the ample precedent-setting, will enable it to be used against everyone, …

 … except, maybe not… everyone.   But, it’d be better to deal with the blaring inequities across demographics before society, separately; so it shall not be pursued in this article.

Some notable scholars have suggested that the highest societal institution has been universal access to legal solicitation and defense.

If this was ever true, it certainly is not true now.

While I generally try to avoid naming specific characters, an example on the current, new ‘media justice system’, could be very illustrative.  I will nonetheless, describe the scenario.  I’m not picking the example to point the finger at the specific case, but because the specific case is illustrative of the outlandish mob-justice being inflicted upon the individual, completely out of context with any cultural sensitivities, which would otherwise, very likely be applied to other demographics; and this example has a bit of a twist, in that an admission of self-inclusion in a particular demographic group, legally entitled to ’extra’ cultural sensitivities, very a-la-mode, at the moment.

This case involves a critically acclaimed actor, male, of course, caught up in the current obsession, (mostly) white men having ‘used’ their position in society, one might describe their ‘positions’ in terms of entitlements, and/or advantageous power positions vis-a-vis attainment of the personal objectives of a ‘vulnerable’ … person(s), for personal, typically ‘self-serving sexual gratification, which may or may not include a explicit demeaning aspect.

In our example, the particular male, white, critically acclaimed actor, at a much, much earlier stage of his career, prior to extraordinary artistic and financial successes (I think), he allegedly engaged in ‘aggressive’ pursuit of sexual interaction with a person who has been reported to have been fourteen years old, at the time.  The scenario reportedly occurred at some Hollywood producer’s party.

When the alleged revelations were ‘exposed’ through the ‘main stream media’, this actor ‘came out’ and admitted self-inclusion in a special interest gender demographic, but the spurned him, and further challenged his character, for having tried to gain some kind of protection through association with this special interest gender demographic, in the context of his atrocious (alleged) ‘predatory’ behaviours.

Consequently, … there was fallout for this actor!

He was written out of one of the most successful video theatrical series of the fantastic nouveau ‘post-Netflix’ quality productions, in which he was one of the two principles; it could be argued that he is/was ‘the principal’ character (either successfully, or not).

For an already filmed feature motion picture, a well-budgeted dramatized biopic, by a very successful director/producer, in which our example actor portrayed the title character, they re-shot all our example actor’s scenes, approximately ten weeks before the files scheduled release date!

Extraordinary!

Extreme!

What the fuck?!

I am NOT intending to exonerate anything, nor anybody here!

All I am saying is, there is a process and infrastructure in place in society, designated as the institution which resolves guilt or innocence in societal disputes.

It once again illustrates the abuses of those who control the media!

Is this the job of the (American) ‘5th estate’?

The pattern is showing a trend towards the systemic undermining of the right to a fair and impartial trial by competent jurist; so far, specifically targeting men, and in that, particularly northwest Eurasian men.

This most recent undermining of a key defining social institution, and/or guaranteed right, in itself reinforces a trend towards diminishment of socially defining institutions and documented rights guarantees. 

Furthermore, this diminishment is selective and further accelerates an already accelerating divide between ‘have-nots’ and “have-way-way-way-too-muchers”.

And lastly, a trend towards disempowering the group most likely to resist the slide towards enslavement, men.

Mainstream Media is FAKE NEWS!!!

30 Nov

2017 November 29th
Mainstream Media is FAKE NEWS!!!

I am saddened to have witnessed the beloved CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), descend to fulfill its new role as propaganda agency for the empire.
Once such a reliable presenter of information, valid insomuch as its relevance to one’s conducting one’s own affairs in an informed way, so as to maximize happiness, or whatever, now it systemically promotes disinformation so flagrantly, it would have made the CNN chief editor of twenty years ago blush.
You know it’s really bad when you definitely get better information from Russia Today compared to anything is the so-called ‘Western world’.
I will, however, take the opportunity to point out hope, where it does exist, the best news available for the wars in the Middle East is delivered for $5000 USD per month from southfront.org.  Also, you could check out Eva Bartlett, who goes and lives in these countries, resistant to IMF and World Bank enslavement, at In Gaza and beyond.  Or The Saker’s latest, Progress Report on the US-Russian War .
The methods and modalities, of course, notably the advent of the internet, and handheld communications devices, have logarithmic increased capabilities, enabling all encompassing perception management.
If these capabilities exist, then we can all be certain that malevolent actors will be using them to fulfill their obsessive pursuit, power.
The malevolent creatures of the power-mongering 0.1% are certainly using these capabilities to increase the extraction of power, typically $$$, from the masses, harvesting your life!
While this is enabled across a wide spectrum of society, I would like to focus on those agencies with a unwarranted expectation of integrity and trust, the credentialed media agencies in the ‘western world’.
Who holds this critical societal agency accountable?!
Clearly, the government, which answers to the same masters, will not, without extreme persuasion. And, if they did ,they would put in some obscure, opaque system, which would only gag any challenger to the accuracy of the news, likely like the government of Canada’s pathetic policy on harassment, see http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mp-harassment-allegations-fall-through-cracks-of-hill-s-murky-rules-1.2826388 (but who knows what is what, because its being presented by the self-same CBC!?)
I propose
Noam Chomsky has presented 10 techniques of manipulation and methods for mitigating (viewable on youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glFjSRCai5s .
The 10 methods:
1. strategy of distraction
2. create problems, offer solutions
3. the gradual strategy
4. the strategy of deferral
5. go to the public as a little child
6. use the emotional side
7. keep the public in ignorance
8. encourage mediocrity and complacent
9. self-blame
10. know the individuals better
It is possible to put measures in place for these techniques, and score credentialed media agencies, use a points system which could ultimately result in suspension of credentials.

Epilogue
This is a straight-forward media governance tactic which could be implemented with the minimum of churn, but it is effectively only a band-aid solution.
The real problem is more widespread than this, and has to include all communications modalities and originators, and a robust process for certification of news by the agencies, and some kind of guidelines and/or laws for all media publishers, including individual social media users; alas, this is a much more complex challenge, which, judging by the effectiveness of our current system of governance (Canada is by no means the worst), may well be impossible for the government to accomplish.
Yet it is needed.

You could also check out www.deancassady.com Amongst the Vicarious Selves; in chapter 17. Running the Bloqueo he first has insight into the disinformation of the news.

The REAL Nightmare Being Orchestrated by the Empire!

31 Oct

20171031 The Real Nightmare Being Orchestrated

2017 October 31st – All Hallows’ Eve

The orchestration of the real nightmare is almost completed; in fact, it is so close to completion, that it could be used now!

This is bad for all of humankind, and in fact, the entire life of the biosphere, this precious planet Earth that has created us, and nurtured us to our tremendous capabilities to create good!

We already live in Eden, though we are destroying her at an ever increasing rate.

But, even the nightmare of daily extinctions and mass toxification on the planet are not as ready, nor likely risk to all, as the pending planned mass nuclear winter extinction!

Fall of the Petrodollar

So, the fall and crash of the petro-dollar looms large to anyone paying any attention to major global political events; this is a very, very big one, indeed!

No less, the end of an era, the American Empire of Global Domination, as we know it, will be changing dramatically.   After both being respectively spurned by the U.S.A., and treated as subordinate, vassals, China and Russia need each other. 

China, the fastest growing economy over the past 25 years, thanks largely to the outsourcing of industry to them, from the U.S.A., so the greed-obsessed rich, could make windfall on the extremely low labour cost differential; too bad there is nobody working at home anymore to be able to afford the great stuff made in China. 

Russia, from an economically crushed Soviet Union, then looted mercilessly by the empire, emerged with a viable energy sector; but needing a new devil to point at to deflect the Kafkesque hypocrisy at home, re-instituted the demonization of Russia, and accompanying economic sanctions,  forcing Russia to diversify its economy, to cope.  It also forced them to radically reorganize their armed forces to the geostrategic facts of life of the 21st century.

With the war drum booming in the empire (U.S.A. dominated hegemony, including most, if not all of the so-called ‘Western industrialized nations), the traditional adversaries, Russia and China, have found a common cause to ally against.  Russia’s now world leading military technology and capability complements the vast numeric mobilization capability of China.  Russia’s vast energy reserves complements the vast industrial capacity of China.

With the strategically absurd alienation of Iran, a largely successful socialist country, and with approximately half of the world-wide natural gas reserves (read: petrochemical of the future), the final piece of the puzzle fits into place.

Many countries have been economically sabotaged by the empire for trying to sell/buy petro-energy in other than U.S. dollars, and everybody has been held hostage to the hegemony by it, and domestic policy effectively owned, to boot, but the alignment of necessity of these three countries presents the greatest threat ever to the hegemony of the petro-dollar.  The Empire knows it!

The Empire Strikes BAck

But I digress.  What is this ‘nightmare scenario’ in the headline, about?

The Empire has been steadily setting up conflict zones around the planet: Ukraine, the Middle East, northwestern Eurasia, North Korea/South China Sea, just to name the larger ones.

What’s more, at home, the U.S.A. is in the midst of a coup d’etat/civil war; the office of the Executive (POTUS) ridiculed daily by the denizens of the Mainstream Mass Media; this has lead to terminal susceptibility of the POTUS to the machinations of the anti-human swamp-things of the ‘deep state’, a competing faction of uber-financial/power elite, neo-human creatures with no empathetic capability, obsessed with gaining evermore power and control, at any cost to everybody else, for the purposes of … power and control.

If one looks at the strange situation which lead to the start of the Great War (WWI), one sees the same extant number of potential flashpoints.  [Most of what I know about the topic, I read in Margaret MacMillan‘s “The War That Ended Peace“).  As it turned out, the assassination of the Arch Duke initiated a primed Slavic rebellion, and is often considered the fuse that ignited the explosives of the world war.  But it could have been one of many, likely established for just such a purpose, to start a catastrophic conflict.

Of course, not all suffered, and some became much, much more wealthy.

We, under the thumb of the 0.1%, have been thieved to non-sustainability!  They have to hide their rampant theft, and ‘foggy the view’; a cataclysmic war is just the thing that has worked so well in the past!

Unfortunately, this time it’s even worse than it was before

Because of the parasite of greed and graft, now embedded into the American and mostly the entire ‘Western nation‘ systems, economy, processes, the ongoing viability of the empire nations is failing.  Despite spending more on military and ‘intelligence services‘, than everyone else put together, the American military has NOT ever been re-organized and equipped to resolve crises in the 21st century geostrategic and technological realities.  Instead, they’ve just continued to throw more money at it, which efficiently gets sucked off by the parasites, and increases their capacity to take over everything.

A traditional conflict will be unwinnable for the U.S.A./allies against a Russia-China-Iran alliance; best possible outcome for the empire is sustained, never-ending war!

So they’ll have to use the ‘nuclear option‘!

No one wins a nuclear war!  No one!

What you can do!

  1. Find out what’s going on: did you know that NATO was building up troop garrisons in the Baltic Republics and Poland to engage Russia, using a ‘fake news’ pretext?  (well, they are!)
  2. Contact all levels of government, tell them that you are against escalations in conflict, i.e. the NATO troop build-up in the Baltic’s.
  3. Vote for your federal political representatives who support a de-escalation policy.
  4. Spread the word,
    1. no one will win the coming war
    2. the sick power elite need a war to cover their tracks, and have no capability to see the cost to humanity or the biosphere; they are socio-pathic warmongers who wouldn’t hesitate to set it off, if the ROI was compelling enough.
  5. Work to enable social justice and a more equitable distribution of the wealth; certainly there should be NO HOMELESS people!

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Zero/Negative Sum Gain Gaming – Bane of Society

11 Sep
Zero/Negative Sum Gain Gaming – Bane of Society

Fifi

2017 September 10
I should be working on something else.
But I came here, to my favorite haunt, despite the fervor of the annual festival on the street, to work on some business.
A casual acquaintance asks why I push the dog away; it causes me to launch into a quiet little talk about, “no”, I actually like dogs; it’s the dog ‘owners’ I frequently have disagreements with. You aren’t allowed to smoke on this back patio, since a new aggressive law came into affect; so you can’t smoke within 9 metres of the door. Without discussing the merits of the law, I can say that most people respect this law. It is also against the law to have dogs in a restaurant, which this place is technically classified, but there is no end to grief for the staff here, when this is mentioned to a ‘patron’ who is so special, and their dog(s) is so special, that … well, they don’t think it should apply to them; furthermore, “…it is a stupid law, made by stupid people, and I won’t come here again, and I’ll tell all of my (dog owning) friends NEVER to ever come here, if you don’t let my Fifi stay with me while I’m getting a coffee…”., blah, blah, blah!

She says, “well, we all have our problems”, suggesting I have a problem.
It’s negative sum gain gaming”, I say. I’m just against that, where somebody, or some group, takes privileges that are controlled, for the greater betterment of all, at cost to all of the people who respect obeying the control, because it is for the betterment of all, BUT THEY END UP PAYING ANYWAYS! Just so the bitch can bring her Fifi, and all of the other bitches who ‘get exception(s)’, while the other people ‘toe the line’.

Dogs in society, cities specifically, are a good example.
In addition to occasionally ‘stepping in it’ literally, everyone, knowing this will likely eventually happen, have to self-repress themselves, conduct themselves with a bit less abandon and carefreeness, so that they don’t ‘step in it’. Even if 100% of dog owners cleaned up after their pets 100% of the time (never going to happen), there are a large number of other ‘unpleasantnesses’, one might say, i.e. things that make one’s quality of life lower, associated with dogs in the city; economists call these ‘negative externalities’, and they could be dogs barking (loudly) through the night, or even in the day, dogs aggressively snarling, biting, and otherwise terrorizing random, faultless passersby, etc. There was a cold winter a few years ago (rare these days, but that’s another story), I remember when the thaw came, a ghastly vapour came up from a large (aren’t they all, these days) ‘leash-free’ area in the valley. Without being certain, I find it difficult to believe that it was benign. What about the people who ‘walk’ their dog in the school yards? In my municipal jurisdiction, ALL school areas have prohibitions against dogs; all of them! But if it is open, ‘they will come’; not only will they come, but they will take care of the business, which was the only reason, for which they came, namely, pissing and shitting their dogs. It is difficult to imagine that these activities do NOT increase the health risks of the grounds where the children play.
I’m not even going to approach how the cost born to the city for maintenance, solely for dog-ownership ‘negative externalities’, are shared equally, whether you own a dog or not.
Why should the people who do NOT own a dog have to share in the financial costs, on top of everything else, just so a entitled minority (admittedly a large minority), can get their… ‘benefits’ from their dog ‘ownership’?
Is that fair?
I don’t think it is.
Even in the extremely remote possibility that the total benefits accrued by the dog owners was equal to the ‘costs’ direct, i.e. tax $$$s, and negative externalities, it would still be a zero sum gain.
And zero sum gain sucks too!
Why?
Because it is effectively a transfer of benefits from one groups, in the form of tax dollars and impacts to quality of life, both without any offsetting benefit, to another group, who theoretically gain benefit from having a dog. It should be noted that in many cases, the dog owners have the same costs in tax dollars and negative overall impacts to their quality of life, as those who don’t have a dog. But one must assume that the dog owner is willing to bear these costs for the sake of having the benefits derived from having the dog.
They accept occasionally stepping in shit, (sometimes) cleaning up their dog’s shit, going for walks, paying more taxes, etc., again, assumably because they are ‘good’ with the trade-off.
Zero sum gain gaming is breaking the rules and earning stolen benefits from the rest of the people who don’t cheat!
That’s what it is, ‘cheating’.
One of the problems is, if everyone does it, then there are no benefits to be derived from it, just an incremental loss of overall benefits to everybody, a systemic lowering of quality of life to all, which like many, many human endeavours, results in an environmental degradation, which, in and of itself, is negative sum gain gaming.

No I love dogs, they never negative sum gain game me.