"Loser" is a strange word.
Literally and most plainly, it is simply someone who doesn't win some specific contest or challenge: the loser of a race, boxing match, business deal, etc. Economists routinely talk about how this or that policy -- on trade, taxes, whatever -- creates "winners and losers."
A big part of Donald Trump's winning appeal in the 2016 election was that Americans were on the losing end of trade policy. Mr. Trump took it further, arguing that we don't win wars or anything else anymore. Elect me, he promised, and you'll grow tired of all the winning.
But here's the thing: The logical and semantic inference of this rhetoric is that...