#RESIST: UPDATE: A friend emails: Great to see this #Resist repurposed. A close female relative and I had a conversation recently. She was making conciliatory verbal gestures, in effect, saying that if everyone who supported Trump admits he lost, agrees they were wrong, and that Trump was evil, we can all move on amicably.
I responded, very calmly and dispassionately, which I was able to do because I was expecting this conversation, more or less as follows.
Using game theory, it has been determined that the proper way to respond to defection from optimal behavior between two parties, is to match any bad behavior by equal retaliation. Acquiescing in bad behavior without consequences simply gets you more of it.
So, the only rational rational response for Trump supporters, after the last four years is to respond to Biden exactly as Trump was treated…
Technically, this was examined for the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma, particularly where the pay-offs in the game matrix are set so that cooperation pays better than defecting. I worry that some on the left may decide there’s a large pay-off inherent in being the underdog, in which case they won’t see retaliation as a penalty.