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> Capitalism although it has always been brutal to a varying number people although, sometimes, it balanced out with its positive effects, like driving economy and technology to a max. Today it is brutal to a maximum number of people.Yes, I suspect an ancient hunter-gatherer had a more satisfying, varied and enjoyable life than either the agricultural revolution farm labourer or the industrial revolution factory worker. Once you make "progress" it seems impossible to say "hey, that was a bad idea, let's go back to being hunter-gatherers!". :)
OTOH, if we remained hunter-gatherers indefinitely we'd certainly become extinct within a billion years or so, while now we have a chance of longer-term survival by becoming a spacefaring civilization (while admittedly facing a good chance of self-destruction in the next few hundred years if we fail to gain a foothold in space).
> Back to the point of "Codes of Conduct", they are embellishments to the brutality we feel all around usI am not at all comfortable with them but ... as a chess fan, this morning I was disgusted by yet another cheating scandal, this time in a Covid charity fund raising event, which resulted in chess.com banning this user with the message:
This account has been closed for violating our Fair Play Policy. These rules help keep chess fair for everyone.I was so disgusted with the disrespect this billionaire showed to the great Vishy Anand that I leapt out of my chair and punched the air with my fist when he got banned! Curiously, it seems casual chess players do not understand this emotion, at least most of the chess cheaters are not part of the serious chess culture.
The rise of Covid has forced most chess to be played from home, where it's impossible to know, for sure, if someone is using a chess computer. Sadly, chess.com's desperate policy of banning "cheats", based on statistical likelihood that they are using a computer, sometimes results in innocent folks getting banned. OTOH, chess computers have become so strong that they risk totally destroying the game of chess unless stern measures are taken.
Update: More links on the recent Covid charity chess cheating scandal:
See also: Cancel culture (wikipedia)