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What can we learn from the movie "War Games"?

Observing what is going on today with voters electing a ‘savior’ to save them from themselves, to government propeller heads thinking they know more than the free market I am reminded of the movie “War Games”. Where the computer runs multiple iterations of various solutions and outcomes. The final analysis is there isn’t one except, not playing the game in the first place.

The film follows David Lightman (Broderick), a young hacker who unwittingly hacks into WOPR, a United States military supercomputer programmed to predict possible outcomes of nuclear war. Lightman gets WOPR to run a nuclear war simulation, originally believing it to be a computer game. The simulation causes a national nuclear missile scare and nearly starts World War III.

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We are doing the same thing today, except this is not some fun fictional movie or a game. It’s the real deal. It’s ironic that the government computer is WOPR because we are getting whoppers from our government today.

We’ve got these propeller heads running around thinking they know more than the billions of decisions made in a free market. And we’ve got voters looking for a savior that we have missed the whole point. You cannot control a free market nor is there a savior to save us from ourselves.

Disaster is narrowly averted when Lightman directs WOPR to play tic-tac-toe against itself, resulting in endless drawn games, to make the computer rapidly learn the concept of futility. WOPR cracks the missile code but before launching, cycles through all the nuclear war scenarios it has devised, finding they all end as “WINNER: NONE” due to mutual assured destruction. WOPR observes that “the only winning move is not to play”. WOPR then casually offers to play “a nice game of chess,” and relinquishes control of NORAD and the missiles.

I hope our country learns the lesson before it’s too late. Relinquish power concentrated in few hands (government and corrupt business) before we do have mutually assured destruction.

We should never be playing the game in the first place. Overpowering government control is an excercise in futility.

The tea parties and talks of secession is the first sign of “WarGames” lesson learned.

The question is, will we learn it before it is too late? Or is that just fiction?