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Anti-Competition as the Incel Mentality

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Observe:Incel: “Stacy choose Chad over me. I have the right to retaliate by killing Stacy and/or Chad.”Michael Fett, a guy on Facebook, justifying Guitar Center being looted: “Guitar Center put Mom and Pop guitar stores out of business. They deserve to be destroyed.”To be precise, though, Guitar Center didn’t put them out of business. We did by choosing to buy from GC rather than the mom and pop stores. GC didn’t show up and burn their stores. It offered a lower price, more convenience, bigger selection, and in some cases better quality. Consumers chose to buy from GC. Now, perhaps GC engaged in some hidden rent seeking which screwed over those stores. If it did, fine, that changes things. But that is not what this guy is arguing, nor is what most people argue when they say

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Observe:

Incel: “Stacy choose Chad over me. I have the right to retaliate by killing Stacy and/or Chad.”

Michael Fett, a guy on Facebook, justifying Guitar Center being looted: “Guitar Center put Mom and Pop guitar stores out of business. They deserve to be destroyed.”

To be precise, though, Guitar Center didn’t put them out of business. We did by choosing to buy from GC rather than the mom and pop stores. GC didn’t show up and burn their stores. It offered a lower price, more convenience, bigger selection, and in some cases better quality. Consumers chose to buy from GC. 

Now, perhaps GC engaged in some hidden rent seeking which screwed over those stores. If it did, fine, that changes things. But that is not what this guy is arguing, nor is what most people argue when they say stuff like this. Instead, they think stores “steal” business from each other. But they don’t, anymore than Chad steals sex from the intel virgin.

Jason Brennan
Jason Brennan (Ph.D., 2007, University of Arizona) is Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair and Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business, and by courtesy, Associate Professor of Philosophy, at Georgetown University, and formerly Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Research, at Brown University. He specializes in political philosophy and applied ethics.

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