I seriously question the use of the term “the natural struggle for power”.
As someone who has had a strong interest in the reality and logic of evolutionary biology for over 50 years, the common notion that there is a “natural struggle for power” is not accurate.
As a general rule, the more complex the organism, the greater the role of cooperation in the survival of that species.
We are the most complex, and the most cooperative, species on the planet.
The idea that our existence is little more than the struggle for power is nothing short of a cancer on our culture. It is demonstrably false.
Our survival, as individuals and as a species, is far more about how we cooperate – at every level.
To a good first order approximation, cooperation is the fundamental defining characteristic of human beings.
We have a name for cells in our body that stop cooperating and start selfishly hoarding resources and reproducing without reasonable control – it is called cancer.
It is often fatal if the immune systems evolved to identify and remove it are in any way compromised (and our modern diet compromises our immune systems at many different levels – biological and cultural).
The extremes of market capitalism are exactly equivalent to cancer in our society.
And to be 100% clear, I am not arguing for central control or for equality of outcome. And I am arguing that our survival as a species hinges on us developing systems that ensure that every individual has the resources to survive and to responsibly exercise reasonable degrees of freedom. In the current context that seems best done via some sort of universal basic income. And that is no panacea to all problems, as it comes with a whole new set of problems, but as a set it seems clear to me that they pose substantially less of an existential risk to us all than the current system.
And UBI does in fact need to be universal – every individual on the planet – no exceptions.