Game Theory Tied with Politico

Political Angle by Ryan Steffy

Waking up at nine am in the morning is always gut-wrenching for some people. Especially when they have to be up much much later in the day. When the mind is wrapped around a puzzle or a game it sits and sizzles for awhile. What one can find interesting is the application of game theory to politics. Several questions will emerge on this subject such as: how does it apply, why apply it and also when to use game theory.

How does it apply? Well there are several ways that game theory applies to politics. First, when a politician uses game theory they will be able to justify an action by seeing what one can do in order to be more fully cooperative. Secondly, a person can apply game theory to politics by understanding that the probability of an action and its consequences.

Next, why apply it? Good question. Applying game theory is one of those phenomenons that not only draws a big applause when a decision is made correctly but the problem is that sometimes consequential action may cause wrong doing. For instance the very notion of tit-for-tat can be an inconclusive notion due to the fact that when a person uses this they will be not only coercing the other person but they will expect something in return.

As stated above there are several reasons to apply and reason why game theory is used. When a person makes a logical decision to apply game theory they are not only making a judgment but they are forcing another individual to make a choice. If a person were to be altruistic they would be bettering other people without requiring something in return, however, it the person were to be selfish they would not only be expecting to take from another person but they would feel shunned if that didn't happen.

Understanding the ideas of altruism versus selfishness is rather interesting because it forces an individual to make not only choices but to understand consequences. Stated in a previous article the famous quote by Kant is "To act dutifully is to act morally." When applying this statement to altruism a person is in need of understanding that another individual must always come before them. But one must also realize is that helping another individual can be problematic only when the other individual doesn't want to be helped. It is an interesting paradoxical thing because of the fact that most people choose to be helped but sometimes a person feels to prideful to accept other peoples Good Samaritan's tendencies. There are two great teachers to walk this earth that preached and lived altruism, the Buddha and Jesus Christ. Both are not only described as being very altruistic but also very powerful as people. It is an interesting phenomenon that sometimes altruistic action can be so powerful that it will drive others to doing what is right all the time.

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