Question: What do sports, courtrooms and government have in common?
Answer: They operate in a zero-sum environment (the sum of the gains equals the sum of the losses). For someone to win in sports or in a courtroom, somebody else has to lose. In order to grant someone a government benefit, someone else has to pay an equivalent amount in taxes.
The business environment is different. Where companies operate freely, wealth is created, so there is more wealth to share.
When a company makes something new, the value of that item is added to the overall economy. The customer pays the company enough to cover the cost of manufacturing, plus enough profit to make the manufacturing worthwhile. The company becomes richer, the company gains. The customer gains, too. He has a new possession to replace the money he spent.
There is competition between companies, but they compete by improving products or lowering prices — the customers benefit.
Over-regulation can stifle the incentive to manufacture and the ability to compete. It can strangle this golden goose we call free enterprise!