We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Winning and losing is not a short term event. It's an event which occurs over the span of one's entire life. The determining factor is how you were treated as a child. If your parents treat you like a winner, and they believe that you're a winner, then you will believe that, too. And it's easy to check a person's life position, just by having a normal conversation. In transactional analysis, it's the I'm OK, You're OK position. But what they don't tell people is that there is an even better position: I'm great, You're great. We've all been taught that having enthusiasm for oneself is a sign of narcissism. And sometimes that's true. But a person can be enthusiastic about himself and others without being a narcissist. "Narcissism" is the idea that self-love in any form is wrong, because we are supposed to love other people, not ourselves. But why shouldn't we love ourselves? After all, in life everybody can win. But communism is based on the principal that a free market creates winners and losers. Therefore it is unjust. But if people discovered that happiness, as a positive self-image towards one's self is available to everyone, then the communist argument would fall apart. They need people to be victims; the free market to be the persecutor; and the State to be the rescuer.
So in reality, loving one's self is the right thing to do. But how can people raise their self-esteem when they are constantly being gas-lighted by our government? Easy. Go to school. A person who wants to be happy needs to learn all about scripts, and data recordings, and injunctions. And the difference between shame, empathy, and self esteem. It takes some work. But that's fine, in fact they could teach this class in High School, so that all the kids will learn how to be happy.