WILLIAM BONNER ~ HORMEGEDDON ~ 2014

~ TMOAGTLTD ~ Too Much Of A Good Thing Leads To Disaster

~ TMI ~ Too Much Information

~ SK-PM ~ Servi Kaffe – Pereat Mundis

~ GS-PPDAWYGWYA-RSSPSL-TAIBS ~ Generally Speaking – Public Policy Disasters Are What You Get When You Apply – Rational, Small-Scale Problem-Solving Logic – To An Inappropriately Broad Situation

~ TFLIT-LTWMTOBC-FOC-A-FTCTBB ~ The Feedback Loop Is Twisted – Leaving Those Who Made The Original Bad Choices – Free Of Consequences – And – Free To Continue Their Bad Behavior

~ ‘H’-TMOAGTIAPPC ~ “Hormegeddon” – Too Much Of A Good Thing In A Public Policy Context

~ EDT-‘TMOAGT’-A-‘DMU’ ~ Economists Describe – The ‘Too Much Of A Good Thing’ – As –  ‘Declining Marginal Utility’

~ FPCSTITPLIOOTCCOTAIWTHPSMF-I-TBITAORTET-‘DS’ ~ Few People Can Stomach The Idea That Public Life Is Out Of The Conscious Control Of The Authorities In Whom They Have Placed So Much Faith – Instead – They Believe In The Ability Of Right Thinking Experts To – ‘Do Something’

~ JSHADS-‘CD’-TABOBZ-LNTIC-TITITITP-AASTBSAN-TMCI ~ Josef Schumpeter Had A Different Solution – ‘Creative Destruction’ – To Avoid Being Overrun By Zombies – Let Nature Take Its Course – The Inefficient, The Incompetent, The Imprudent, The Passé – All Are Supposed To Be Swept Aside Naturally – The Market Cleanses Itself

~ BTDAHTWIIST-TZEBTPTPCASTS-TUTPOGTHOWTGAGM ~ But This Doesn’t Always Happen The Way It Is Supposed To – The Zombies Erect Barriers To Protect Themselves, Prevent Change And Stabilise The System – They Use The Power Of Government To Hold Onto What They’ve Got And Get More

~ EAO-BAG-CAA-BG-WIASFC-WCOSAGSP ~ Entitlements Are Offered – Bailouts Are Given – Contracts Are Awarded – Bureaucracies Grow – Whole Industries Are Shielded From Competition – Whole Classes Of Society Are Given Special Privileges

~ TME ~ Too Much Economics

~ SEM ~ Simpleton’s Economic Model

~ TWATWEWNSC-NSBAA-NSA-A-NSD ~ There Was A Time When Economists Were Not So Conceited – Not So Bold And Arrogant – Not So Ambitious – And – Not Such Dumbbells

~ IEWRTPODRWNVQ-TGBU-L-WTAUTDPAM-TBD-HBTN ~ In Economics We Reach The Point Of Diminishing Returns With Numbers Very Quickly – They Gradually Become Useless – Later – When They Are Used To Disguise, Pervert And Manipulate – They Become Disastrous – Hormegeddon By The Numbers

~ NHPNOS-NAPSAA ~ Numbers Help Put Nonsense On Stilts – Numbers Appear Precise, Scientific, And Accurate

~ BATNAS-NISAD-NASSCBT-YEBWTATTWB-AUTSSMTETCPP ~ But All The Numbers Are Squishy – Nothing Is Stiff And Dry – Not A Single Statistic Can Be Trusted – Yet Economists Build With Them As Though They Were Bricks – And Upon Their Squirming , Shimmying Mound They Erect Their Central Planning Policies

~ METTTWIABOHS-NABOP ~ Most Economists Today Think They Work In A Branch Of Hard Science – Not A Branch Of Philosophy

~ IOSUGITFY-TFAI ~ Instead Of Storing Up Grain In The Fat Years – The Feds Ate It

~ BMEHDETAMPTATTFTLOTRW-TGMBDIDBICGFIDDTLY ~ But Modern Economists Have Developed Elaborate Theories And Mathematical Proofs That Allow Them To Flout The Limitations Of The Real World – The Government May Be Deeply In Debt But It Can Go Further Into Debt During The Lean Years

~ TITNOH-OYAII-YTTSII-UYRTBE ~ This Is The Nature Of Hormegeddon – Once You Are In It – You Tend To Stay In It – Until You Reach The Bitter End

~ ADGOTLTTST-TDOMV-BOFRBDL ~ All Democratic Governments Owe Their Legitimacy To The Same Thing – The Decisions Of Misled Voters – Based On Fraudulent Representations By Dishonest Leaders

~ TITGMITMTBIF-GIBUAANOSBTOATI ~ The Idea That Government’s Mission Is To Make Things Better Is False – Government Its Best Understood As A Naturally Occurring Struggle Between The Outsiders And The Insiders

~ T –‘SC’-IAF-YCHACUYHTWAAP-TDWFOTP-ITYWO-WKOCIITYDATACGOO? ~ The – “Social Contract” – Is A Fraud – You Can’t Have A Contract Unless You Have Two Willing And Able Parties – The Deal Was Forced On The Public – Imagine That You Want Out – What Kind Of Contract Is It That You Don’t Agree To And Can’t Get Out Of?

~ TIDNRGAAC-TNTGSOOI ~ The Insiders Do Not Run Government As A Charity – They Need To Get Something Out Of It

~ ‘TM’-INAB-IIAC ~ “Too Much” Is Not A Blessing – It Is A Curse

~ WFWTAH-NWTAE-WTINRC-WIT ~ We Flourish When Things Are Hard – Not When They Are Easy – When There Is No Real Challenges – We Invent Them

~ YLNFS-LSMT-GLRTPODMUQ-SWBLIMMB-BIFTTTIL ~ You Learn Nothing From Success – Like So Many Things – Good Luck Reaches The Point Of Declining Marginal Utility Quickly – Starting With Bad Luck Is Much, Much Better – Because It’s Failure That Teaches The Important Lessons

~ BWHWMOPFTIFTATST? – A–A ‘LT’-O-‘DT’ ~ But What Happens When Millions Of People Find Themselves In Financial Trouble At The Same Time? – A – “Liquidity Trap” – or – “Debt Trap”

~ RTLTBGTCTD-TGWTAC-IWTBBIH-TBWSTUTMTIL-I-TBHRC-BPOLTEO ~ Rather Than Let The Banks Get The Comeuppance They Deserved – The Government Wrote Them A Check – It Was The Biggest Bailout In History – The Banks Were Supposed To Use The Money To Increase Lending – Instead – The Banks Had Reduced Credit – By Paying Off Loans To Each Other

~ CW-TAHWL-TAHTFH-BCEABOOEDA ~ Corrections Work – They Are How We Learn – They Are How The Future Happens – By Culling Error And Backing Out Of Dead-End Alleyways

~ CCNBE-CAHWA-‘TMOAGT’-ATLTA-PDAD-TWTCWB ~ Corrections Can Never Be Eliminated – Corrections Are How We Avoid – ‘Too Much Of A Good Thing’ – And The Longer They Are – Prevented, Delayed And Dodged – The Worse The Corrections Will Be

~ M-ITWC ~ Methane – Is The Wild Card

~ TI-FAIISP-STALTOW ~ The Internet – For All Its Information Shovelling Power – Seems To Add Little To Our Wealth

~ ME-HGVR-B-TIDNSTHLTAGUIP ~ Many Entrepreneurs – Have Gotten Very Rich – But – The Internet Does Not Seem To Have Led To A General Uptick In Prosperity

~ WUTWWHEEASM-N-TMIMBPWNBAS ~ What Used To Work Was Hard Effort, Education, And Saving Money – Now – The Money Is Made By People Who Never Break A Sweat

~ TFWF-Z-I-R~ The French Word For – Zombie – Is – Rentier

~ TZBI ~ The Zombie Banking Industry

~ AFE-I-TC-TU-A-TU-TNLF-NWSFPAFOI ~ A Free Economy Is – Too Chancy – Too Unforgiving – And – Too Uncontrollable – To Nurture Lifelong Friendships – No Wonder So Few People Are Fond Of It

~ TZLOFEO-WSNASD-TMTRCASTRT-AHEOTOHONSRTS~ The Zombies Look Out For Each Other – With Safety Nets And Sweetheart Deals – They Make The Right Connections And Say The Right Things – A Healthy Economy On The Other Hand Offers No Sure Route To Success

~ GP&RD ~ Greasy Palms & Revolving Doors

~ VFV-TPCGBBMCTTR ~ Vote For Vote – The Poor Can Generally Be Bought More Cheaply Than The Rich

~ TWBZ ~ The World’s Biggest Zombie

~ MIAMP-WTM-TANMM-NMD-NMR-NME ~ Hormegeddon Is A Modern Phenomenon – Without The Masses – There Are No Mass Movements – No Mass Delusions – No Mass Revolts – No Mass Epidemics

~ GIAAEARI-FTIOT(VCB)PAP-O-T(UUHAH)F ~ Government Is Always And Everywhere A Reactionary Institution – Favoring The Interests Of The (Voting, Contributing, Backstabbing) Past And Present – Over – The (Unborn, Unknown, Helpless And Harmless) Future

~ GHCTRLCISWVLFS ~ Governments Have Come To Resemble Large, Coercive Insurance Schemes With Very Lax Financial Standards

~ C-ACOCRTV-WAATTPOM-IINBBIETPTAFI-IIBIIU-TVOCITIP ~ Civilization – A Culture Of Cooperation Rather Than Violence – Was An Adaptation That Took Place Over Millennia – It Is Not Because Barbarism Is Evil That People Turned Away From It – It Is Because It Is Unprofitable – The Virtue Of Cooperation Is That It Pays

~ ACI-TSRWI ~ As Civilization Increases – The Stakes Rise With It

MATT TAIBBI ~ THE DIVIDE

~ TCOTCITCDS-OASAOHU-TOAVGOEWOTR-HBITWALT ~ The Cleaving Of The Country Into Two Completely Different States – One A Small Archipelago Of Hyperacquisitive Untouchables – The Other A Vast Ghetto Of Expendables With Only Theoretical Rights – Has Been In The Works A Long Time

~ DWCCITNCWRANSOPART-I-CWGISBTORP ~ Dealing With Corporate Crime In The New Century Would Require A New Set Of Persecutorial And Regulatory Tools – Increasingly – Companies Were Growing, In Size, Beyond The Old Regulatory Parameters

~ ATBWSCSTWTOCSAAWFCIOECIAI-IWOTTNLEOHUSKORT-CAHCWBC-ANWGA-THTBAPH-TPEUB-CC~ As The Biggest Wall Street Companies Screamed Their Way Through One Criminal Scandal After Another Without Facing Corporate Indictments Or Even Criminal Indictments Against Individuals – It Was Obvious That The Nation’s Law Enforcement Officials Had Undergone Some Kind Of Radical Transformation – Crime After Heinous Crime Was Being Committed – And Nobody Was Getting Arrested – There Had To Be A Plan Here – That Plan Ended Up Being – Collateral Consequences

~ BTSFTUTBCUWACTDWWBETCJM-TWSMACAWWSEAUENTQ ~ But They Somehow Failed To Understand That By Coming Up With A Calculus To Determine Who Was Big Enough And Important Enough To Command Jurisprudential Mercy – They Were Simultaneously Making A Calculation About Who Was Small Enough And Unimportant Enough Not To Qualify

~ TFOPBTPDAECW-AMCFS-IWBMPERLQSM-A-STOTISIAHRAAAB ~ This Failure Of Prosecuturial Backbone Took Place During An Epic Crime Wave – A Massive Criminal Fraud Scheme – In Which Banks Mass-Produced Extremely Risky, Low-Quality Subprime Mortgages – And – Sold Them Off To Institutional Sucker-Investors As Highly Rated AAA Bonds

~ TSWTSLAHPKRATTNPOHBCKTHAW-BTITABTD-TREDBOPREVIHT-AD-E ~ The Situation Was Tenable So Long As Housing Prices Kept Rising And These Teeming New Populations Of Home Borrowers Could Keep Their Heads Above Water – But The Instant The Arrow Began Tilting Downward – This Rapidly Expanding Death-Balloon Of Phony Real Estate Value Inevitably Had To – And Did – Explode

~ OTBB-WBE-NEMFCIAHCTPITEF-TWTVDOSC ~ Once The Bubble Burst – Whistle-Blowers Emerged – Nearly Every Major Financial Company In America Had Chosen To Participate In This Enormous Fraud – It Was The Very Definition Of Systemic Corruption

~ DWLLMOE-ANWACTTCWETWCP-WWLMSOW-BTOFISP-AICTLROTNFPTPTSOSFOTRFNO ~ Despite What Looked Like Mountains Of Evidence – Almost Nobody With Any Connection To The Crisis Was Even Threatened With Criminal Prosecution – We Were Letting Major Systemic Offenders Walk – Bypassing The Opportunity For Important Symbolic Prosecutions – And Instead Committing The Limited Resources Of The Nation’s Financial Police To Putting The Smallest Of Small Fry On The Rack For Negligible Offenses

~ TAO-CC-SDRTWSAR-TWAAGSSOTEPIAANC ~ The Architects Of – Collateral Consequences – Seemingly Didn’t Realize They Were Starting A Revolution – They Were Accelerating A Government-Sponsored Sorting Of The Entire Population Into Arrestable And Nonarrestable Classes

~ TBAT-LBODFDC-WMFTCO-ARS-TMMFBTTOB-LRMWMOAGS-HTCAOC-TOPWAS-ABF~ The Bank Admitted To – Laundering Billions Of Dollars For Drug Cartels – Washing Money For Terrorist-Connected Organizations – Allowing Rogue States – To Move Money Freely By The The Tens Of Billions – Letting Russian Mobsters Wash Money On A Grand Scale – Helping Tax Cheats And Other Crooks – The Only Penalty Was A Settlement – A Big Fine

~ PTBFSE-WTTRGIR-T-LIBOR-CFNEPITWWHMOBOSA ~ Probably The Biggest Financial Scandal Ever – Working Together To Rig Global Interest Rates – Through – London Interbank Offered Rate – Consequences For Nearly Every Person In The World Who Has Money Or Buys Or Sells Anything – A $1.5 Billion Fine

~ TLISTBAUEAB-T-SC ~ The Law Isn’t Supposed To Be About Unspoken Excuses And Behind-The-Scenes Calculations

~ TUPDL-‘U’&’I’-DRA-IML-ABIM ~ The Usual Political Descriptors Like – “Unfairness” And “Injustice” – Don’t Really Apply – It’s More Like A Breakdown Into Madness

~ ‘OPT’-AFSOTS-LMWP-IHNIYCBAFSAT ~ “Obstructing Pedestrian Traffic” – Arrested For Standing On The Sidewalk – Like Most White People – I Had No Idea You Could Be Arrested For Such A Thing

~ UTACDTD-ITW-TPCAYFJAA ~ Ultimately This All Comes Down To Discretion – If They Want – The Police Can Arrest You For Just About Anything

~ TGBRYNHO ~ The Greatest Bank Robbery You Never Heard Of

~ IWTPTFCC-SBISTIWPITTNE ~ It Was The Perfect Twenty-First-Century Crime – So Broad In Scale That It Was Practically Invisible To The Naked Eye

~ F-HBOTWOTD-T-STTABB-BODWQM-OOTRO-C ~ First – Hefty Bonuses On The Way Out The Door – Then – Sold Themselves To Another Big Bank – Billions Of Dollars Were Quietly Moved – Out Of The Reach Of – Creditors

~ TODWBGATPKGBABED ~ Trillions Of Dollars Were Being Gambled And The Pots Kept Getting Bigger And Bigger Every Day

~ TDTGAWSWOTW-WUITRAPC-TAIAPOBS-E-AFMOWSATUSG ~ The Deals The Government And Wall Street Worked Out That Weekend – Were Unprecedented In Their Reach And Political Consequence – Transforming America Into A Permanent Oligarchical Bailout State – Essentially – A Formal Merger Of Wall Street And The U.S. Government

~ EDOWSMI-SEB&R-BTOTTAOSAAITTDFNITCC ~ Every Day On Wall Street Money Is – Stolen, Embezzled, Burgled, And Robbed – But The Mechanism Of These Thefts Are Often So Arcane And Idiosyncratic That They Don’t Fit Neatly Into The Criminal Code

~ WKTPP-APTMU-ITCOTB-AMSCADAITICPEVM ~ What Keeps The Poor Poor – And Pushes The Money Upward – Is The Complexity Of The Bureaucracy – A Maze So Complex And Dispiriting And Irrational That It Can’t Possibly Even Be Mapped

~ ATFC-ALOLLTT-O&O-Y-BTH-B-NOTBTWC-NTSH-MA ~ About The Financial Crisis – A Legend Our Leaders Like To Tell – Over And Over – Yes – Bad Things Happened – But – None Of Those Bad Things Were Crimes – Nothing To See Here – Move Along

~ ITLIAUE-OALEPOT-ASP-LEBPI-WCOAB-IIMU-WHTBRCTTPN ~ If The Law Is Applied Unequally Enough – Over A Long Enough Period Of Time – At Some Point – Law Enforcement Becomes Politically Illegitimate – Whole Classes Of Arrests Become – Illegal, Improper, Morally Unenforceable – We Have To Be Really Close To That Point Now

~ TISJEETEHOMOEBODIP-B-SNQEETFAITDSMASDIJ ~ There Is Somehow Just Enough Evidence To Extract Hundreds Of Millions Or Even Billions Of Dollars In Penalties – But – Somehow Not Quite Enough Evidence To Force Any Individual To Do So Much As A Day In Jail

~ RPWGATBG-NM-HWP-IF-TBOTWTOAVEWWIALS ~ Real Police Will Go After The Bad Guy – No Matter – How Well Protected – In Fact – The Best Of Them Will Take On A Villain Even When Winning Is A Long Shot

~ TVEITALS-INATAABD-BIRE ~ There’s Value Even In Trying And Losing Sometimes – It’s Not As Tangible As A Billion Dollars But It’s Real Enough

EDWARD BERNAYS ~ PROPAGANDA ~ 1928

~ IWNU-1915-TGFSDTEROMMTRTPTFA-MEATPOAGB-TOWMTVM-ATSMOTWATPII ~ It Was Not Until 1915 That Governments First Systematically Deployed The Entire Range Of Modern Media To Rouse Their Populations To Fanatical Assent – Mass Enthusiasm At The Prospect Of A Global Brawl – That Otherwise Would Mystify Those Very Masses – And That Shattered Most Of Those Who Actually Took Part In It

~ N’PO’SOAAFTMBM-ANTCG-BBETTDTAIJ ~ Now “Public Opinion” Stood Out As A Force That Must Be Managed – And Not Through Clever Guesswork – But By Experts Trained To Do That All-Important Job

~ TGAC-SLSP-TBGOAAP-NLCHBP-STTTBB ~ The Great Allied Campaign – Suddenly Legitimized Such Propagandists – The Reborn Generation Of Admen And Publicists – No Longer Common Hucksters But Professionals – Sold Their Talents To Big Business

~ ‘TMOC’-ANTTPS ~ “The Manufacture Of Consent” – A Necessity Throughout The Public Sphere

~ WAG-AMM-OTF-OIS-TISAVACEFOTCOMITIOSPOCOI ~ We Are Governed – Our Minds Molded – Our Tastes Formed – Our Ideas Suggested – There Is Consequently A Vast And Continuous Effort Going On To Capture Our Minds In The Interest Of Some Policy Or Commodity Or Idea

~ YW-IAI-PIGOBDUTMOTCU-ATCOTIP ~ Yet Whether – In Any Instance – Propaganda Is Good Or Bad Depends Upon The Merit Of The Cause Urged – And The Correctness Of The Information Published

~ TETWPSTPOAAUMSEWIP ~ The Extent To Which Propaganda Shapes The Progress Of Affairs About Us May Surprise Even Well Informed Persons

~ MPIAYFFBAESATMOHMABNMAR ~ Mass Psychology Is As Yet Far From Being An Exact Science And The Mysteries Of Human Motivation Are By No Means All Revealed

~ IYCITL-EWOWTCC-YAITGWTW ~ If You Can Influence The Leaders – Either With Or Without Their Conscious Cooperation – You Automatically Influence The Group Which They Sway

~ GM-IFIIUTFTEOATL ~ Group Mind – Its First Impulse Is Usually To Follow The Example Of A Trusted Leader

~ BWTEOTLINAH-ATHMTFI-IDSBMO-C-PW-I-WSFAWGOIOE ~ But When The Example Of The Leader Is Not At Hand – And The Herd Must Think For Itself – It Does So By Means Of – Cliches – Pat Words – Images – Which Stand For A Whole Group Of Ideas Or Experiences

~ BPUAOC-OMANO-TPCSSAWMOGE ~ By Playing Upon A Old Cliche – Or Manipulating A New One – The Propagandist Can Sometimes Swing A Whole Mass Of Group Emotions

~ HDATSWMTSMW-OBUTCTPCTVLJMWIMS ~ Human Desires Are The Steam Which Makes The Social Machine Work – Only By Understanding Them Can The Propagandist Control That Vast, Loose-Jointed Mechanism Which Is Modern Society

~ TL-WLTATAPC-WDSOITCBMTTTOI ~ The Leaders – Who Lend Their Authority To Any Propaganda Campaign – Will Do So Only If It Can Be Made To Touch Their Own Interests

~ AMECBMTAEIBEITPMAAMOS ~ A Minor Element Can Be Made To Assume Economic Importance By Being Established In The Public Mind As A Matter Of Style

~ EAAMBCIOTPIIC ~ Events And Activities Must Be Created In Order To Put Ideas Into Circulation

~ EOWPPOWTTPCS-ETPIS-CBUIOWOA ~ Every Object Which Presents Pictures Or Words That The Public Can See – Everything That Presents Intelligible Sounds – Can Be Utilized In One Way Or Another

~IWBO-OC-TWTTDIAIMBOTTP-IWN-TOPWWETTWIATWBMSAI-IPTIUOU ~ It Will Be Objected – Of Course – That Propaganda Will Tend To Defeat Itself As Its Mechanism Becomes Obvious To The Public – It Will Not – The Only Propaganda Which Will Ever Tend To Weaken Itself As The World Becomes More Sophisticated And Intelligent – Is Propaganda That Is Untrue Or Unsocial

~ KTGIATPATPIATG ~ Keep The Government Informed About The Public And The Public Informed About The Government

~ TAMPITGUCOPITWT-IIAGDFIAO ~ The American Motion Picture Is The Greatest Unconscious Carrier Of Propaganda In The World Today – It Is A Great Distributor For Ideas And Opinions

~ ITPIBIATPOIL-IWBSMTMRTRATIOI ~ If The Public Is Better Informed About The Processes Of Its Life – It Will Be So Much The More Receptive To Reasonable Appeals To Its Own Interests

~ ITPBMIIICD-CFWMTNS ~ If The Public Becomes More Intelligent In Its Commercial Demands – Commercial Firms Will Meet The New Standards

KEN ROBINSON + LOU ARONICA ~ THE ELEMENT ~ 2009

~ FYPCE ~ Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

~ E-TPWTTYLTDATTTYAGACT ~ Element – The Place Where The Things You Love To Do And The Things That You Are Good At Come Together

~ HWPOCAHWCATO-DLOWWEOO ~ How We Perceive Our Circumstances And How We Create And Take Opportunities – Depends Largely On What We Expect Of Ourselves

~ EIAAAYATAOTWIWYETW-ADWYOTSL-JDTTFG ~ Element Is All About Allowing Yourself Access To All Of The Ways In Which You Experience The World – And Discovering Where Your Own True Strengths Lie – Just Don’t Take Them For Granted

~ GCTAD-TACOVDSOPWDBCT ~ Great Creative Teams Are Diverse – They Are Composed Of Very Different Sorts Of People With Different But Complementary Talents

~ CTHADPACTGDSS ~ Creative Teams Have A Distinctive Personality And Come Together To Do Something Specific

~ G-SBTRIASWTFOOOTG-WMDODPTSCWOP ~ Groupthink – Since Breaking The Rules Is A Sure Way To Find Ourselves Out Of The Group – We May Deny Our Deepest Passions To Stay Connected With Our Peers

~ FTLOI ~ For The Love Of It

~ TBIYE-IINTDEEADIAD-ED-MPETLDOT-ATTCTASITLTDTTTL ~ To Be In Your Element – It Isn’t Necessary To Drop Everything Else And Do It All Day – Every Day – Many People Earn Their Living Doing One Thing – And Then Then Create Time And Space In Their Lives To Do The Thing They Love

YOCHAI BENKLER ~ THE PENGUIN AND THE LEVIATHAN

~ CTOSI ~ Cooperation Triumphs Over Self-Interest

~ WNNB-RSTTGL-AGBTIHOTM-O-POTCHOF-TSTCW-IHOT-TSOL-ICTA-TP~ We Need Not Be – Robotic Slaves To The Government’s Leviathan – Automations Guided By The Invisible Hand Of The Market – Or – Parts Of The Collectivist Hive Of Fascism – To Serve The Common Weal – In Honor Of Tux – The Symbol Of Linux – I’ll Call This Alternative – The Penguin

~ INTCCSDBTLNTIHOTFMCEGS-WSWT? ~ If Neither The Command-Control Systems Dictated By The Leviathan Nor The Invisible Hand Of The Free Market Can Effectively Govern Society – Where Shall We Turn?

~ EWBNTUQOTSS-A-WBTTOHBITOAMPR-TPAE ~ Economics Was By Now The Unquestioned Queen Of The Social Sciences – And – We Began To Think Of Human Behavior In Terms Of Almost Mechanical, Predictable, Responses – To Punishments And Incentives

~ PAIFMC-TMEAOPA-TIJT-DOFSHICS-OMSAETEIBO ~ People Are In Fact More Cooperative – Than Most Economists And Others Previously Assumed – This Isn’t Just Theory – Dozens Of Field Studies Have Identified Cooperative Systems – Often More Stable And Effective Than Equivalent Incentive-Based Ones

~ UCOCASTMUIE ~ Using Control Of Carrots And Sticks To Motivate Us Isn’t Effective

~ ORTTMOUSPITIINWW-OMS ~ One Reason That The Myth Of Universal Selfishness Persists Is That It Is Not Wholly Wrong – Only Mostly So

~ Y-SBAS-BFASAOTT-ASOUDNAOOSI ~ Yes – Some People Are Selfish – But Few Are Selfish All Of The Time – And Some Of Us Do Not Act Out Of Self-Interest

~ HBTTSONSETHUMSOOCACW ~ Human Beings Tend To Seek Out Neat, Simple Explanations To Help Us Make Sense Of Our Confusing And Complex World

~ATGHNBEASTTITOUS-OWGITHOTOOAOBIAGW-WTTIATEWEACSIFWOPAA-BDSB-AEO ~ Almost Two Generations Have Now Been Educated And Socialized To Think In Terms Of Universal Selfishness – Once We Get In The Habit Of Thinking Of Ourselves And Our Behavior In A Given Way – We Tend To Interpret All The Evidence We Encounter And Collect So It Fits With Our Preconceptions And Assumptions – By Discarding Some Bits – And Emphasizing Others

~ WASB-WPSAB-WAEBJAM-INM-TWARB ~ We Are Social Beings – We Perform Selfless Acts Because – We Are Emotional Beings Just As Much – If Not More – Than We Are Rational Beings

~ ONADAFMCAVTTSDTMPAG-UR-TFHBLIOOP ~ Our Needs And Desires Are Far More Complex And Varied Than The Simple Desire To Maximize Pleasure And Gain – Until Recently – These Findings Have Been Largely Ignored Outside Of Psychology

~ F-OCFWIRAF-ODTBSFBOPASBTASG-AFBTGTRD ~ Finally – Our Concern For What Is Right And Fair – Our Desire To Be Seen Favorably By Our Peers And So Belong To A Social Group – Are Finally Beginning To Get Their Rightful Due

~ TPOCINSSUD-IIGISOTBWAMRRIBS ~ The Promise Of Cooperation Is Not Some Silly Utopian Dream – It Is Grounded In Some Of The Best Work And Most Rigorous Research In Behavioural Science

~ SORAP-STIASRFSITGABBSATEOTWC ~ Systems Of Reciprocity Aren’t Perfect – So There Is Always Some Room For Some Individuals To Get Ahead By Being Selfish At The Expense Of Those Who Cooperate

~ AWMADTA-WHTFITSWI-EEHGAT-TFE-PWMDDDOHASIP ~ Anytime We Make A Decision To Act – We Have To First Interpret The Situation We’re In – Even Economists Have Grudgingly Admitted This – The Framing Effect – People Will Make Different Decision Depending On How A Situation Is Presented

~ SCRASC ~ Social Capital, Reputation, And Social Contagion

~ SRHTOC ~ Social Relations Have Their Own Currency

~ MESTOBIASIGIBTBWOIPAU-EIWCUOTI ~ Much Evidence Suggests That Our Behavior In Any Situation Is Greatly Influenced By The Behavior We’ve Observed In People Around Us – Even If We’re Completely Unaware Of That Influence

~ WSTBWTNO-FPAADAPASI ~ We Seem To Be Wired To Need Others – Few Punishments Are As Debilitating And Painful As Social Isolation

~ WASBNLTWAI-STLUBBWBTSTSUAJOOTO ~ We Are Social Beings No Less Than We Are Individuals – Systems That Let Us Be Both Work Better Than Systems That See Us As Just One Or The Other

~ E-NM-WWOOPDS-TNIOBFIATESPAWWADTSAO-OBMNOPOMM-BPEAW ~ Empathy – Neuron Mirroring – When We Observe Other People Doing Something – The Neurons In Our Brains Fire In Almost The Exact Same Patterns As When We Are Doing Those Same Acts Ourselves – Our Brains Mirror Not Only Pain Or Motor Movements – But Pure Emotions As Well

~ WVQAS-SPIG-‘LU’&‘NLU’~ We Very Quickly And Subconsciously Sort People Into Groups – “Like Us” and “Not Like Us”

~ IMC-TSATCACWO-IE-TGPTATFACG-WTGMB ~ In Many Cases – The Simple Ability To Communicate And Coordinate With Others – Is Enough – To Get People To Act Together For A Common Goal – Whatever That Goal Might Be

~ TIETSTWCEMATPTTAOOAS ~ There Is Evidence To Suggest That We Care Even More About The Process Than The Actual Outcome Of A Situation

~ ODFF-AIIUIACC-IACCOHMAB-IIIOSIEOS-WHABNODTBTF-ATBPISTTUF ~ Our Desire For Fairness – As It Is Understood In A Cultural Context – Is A Critical Component Of Human Motivation And Behavior – It Is Independent Of Self-Interest, Empathy Or Solidarity – We Have A Basic Need Or Desire To Be Treated Fairly – And To Be Participants In Systems That Treat Us Fairly

~ IWWTBASTMPTWW-OCE-INETOTSRAI-WANTTAHFTSI ~ If We Want To Build A System That Motivates People To Work Well – Or Cooperate Effectively – It’s Not Enough To Offer Them Simple Rewards And Incentives – We Also Need To Think About How Fair The System Is

~ FI-APIPOMSWW-A-FMPFWACWT ~ Fairness Is – A Practical, Integral Part Of Making Systems Work Well – And – Of Making People Function Well And Cooperatively Within Them

~ PAAQGASUEASRFA-TASOMAUAECN ~ People Are Actually Quite Good At Setting Up, Enforcing, And Self-Regulating Fair Arrangements – Through A Set Of Mutually Agreed Upon And Enforced Community Norms

~ NPOV ~ Neutral Point Of View

~ TIEETST-WICTC-PMP-TBBAECS-WITBLOCTS ~ There Is Enough Evidence To Suspect That – When It Comes To Cooperation – Practice Makes Perfect – That By Building And Engaging Cooperative Systems – We Increase The Baseline Level Of Cooperation Throughout Society

~ TSOFAOSSBENE ~ The Success Of Free And Open-Source Software Baffles Economist No End

~ COEOW-TOOMR-E-CWAPEAAI-O-IWAPSOAAC ~ Crowding-Out Effects Occur When – The Offer Of Material Rewards – Either – Clash With A Person’s Expectation About An Interaction – Or – Interferes With A Person’s Sense Of Autonomy And Control

~ AM-AROAP-CARTTPOOM-ASUOTPOC ~ Adding Money – As Reward Or As Punishment – Can Actually Redirect The Total Pull Of Our Motivations – And Steer Us Off The Path Of Cooperation

~ NIMIIACSTCATP-WPAATC-TA-ME-MT-A-CRSMRTWTCTTOA ~ Nothing Is More Important In A Cooperative System Than Communication Among The Participants – When People Are Able To Communicate – They Are – More Empathetic – More Trusting – And – Can Reach Solutions More Readily Than When They Cannot Talk To One Another

~ VANAA-FINSYATATPDAHTIEOIOPHBM-FIITEHC-FSAPS ~ Values Are Not An Afterthought – Fairness Is Not Something You Attend To After The Practical Decisions About How To Improve Efficiency Or Innovation Or Productivity Have Been Made – Fairness Is Integral To Effective Human Cooperation – Fair Systems Are Productive Systems

~ CHU-LTR-BDAI ~ Cooperation Hinges Upon – Long-Term Reciprocity – Both Direct And Indirect

~ STHODMANJMPBAMCWHE ~ Systems That Harness Our Diverse Motivations Are Not Just More Productive But Also More Consistent With Human Experience

WENDY KAMINER ~ I’M DYSFUNCTIONAL, YOU’RE DYSFUNCTIONAL

~ ITHIR-WDTRATPTKOS? ~ If They’re Happy In Recovery – Why Do They Resent And Take Personally The Skepticism Of Strangers?

~ TSHTHABCAAC-RAIDOAMOE-EPTLOTFSIOHTB-TUTDPWDPCEBSBTST-IIATIT ~ The Self-Help Tradition Has Always Been Covertly Authoritarian And Conformist – Relying As It Does On A Mystique Of Expertise – Encouraging People To Look Outside Themselves For Standardized Instructions On How To Be – Teaching Us That Different People With Different Problems Can Easily Be Saved By The Same Techniques – It Is Anathema To Independent Thought

~ EPIASTTGWTD ~ Experts Package Inanities As Secrets That They’re Generously Willing To Divulge

~ ITSOR-ATYPAS-AAPS-AWIWWTMBC ~ Imagine The Slogan Of Recovery – Admit That You’re Powerless And Submit – As A Political Slogan – And What Is Wrong With This Movement Becomes Clear

~ TPSOTRMRTSTTEIA:APLTTAT&MPAMATP ~ The Phenomenal Success Of The Recovery Movement Reflects Two Simple Truths That Emerge In Adolescence: All People Love To Talk About Themselves And Most People Are Mad At Their Parents

~ YCAWAT-YCOCIWATOYO-THNVAA-YCEBSOIVAT-T-AASFT-IC ~ You Can’t Argue With A Testimonial – You Can Only Counter It With A Testimonial Of Your Own – Testimony Has No Value As Argument – You Can’t Even Be Sure Of Its Value As Testimony – Testifying – As A Substitute For Thinking – Is Contagious

~ ITSHU-AIP ~ In The Self-Help Universe – Anything Is Possible

~ IIFTSTEWWPWTUFTW ~ It Is Frightening To See The Ease With Which People Wall Themselves Up From The World

~ SWERDE(TOSTAEOAT)-TSTETANTBQ-AIVNI ~ So While Experts Routinely Disclaim Expertise (They Often Say They Are Experts Only About Themselves) – They Seem To Expect Their Authority Never To Be Questioned – And It Virtually Never Is

~ CARUTMTESLCF-WPBS ~ Confessions Are Routinely Used To Make The Experts Seem Like Common Folk

~ JSTBTPWRALBM ~ Jargon Seems To Be The Place Where Right And Left Brains Meet

~ SNI ~ Saying Nothing Inspiringly

~ SCWFHIACCTO-PRW-TLTQT-CPFTEB-TATOA ~ Smugness Coupled With False Humility Is A Common, Central Trait Of – Popular Religious Writers – They Like To Quote Themselves – Citing Passages From Their Earlier Books – They Are Their Own Authorities

~ ESHEDTTBI-‘QF’-RBOT ~ Even Self-Help Experts Deny That They Believe In –  “Quick Fixes” – Right Before Offering Them

~ SHCMII-B-TTTROE ~ Self-Help Consumers May Idealize Intuition – But – They Tend To Rely On Experts

~ SHBMAIACT-IIBNT-A-FTIOBF ~ Self-Help Books Market Authority In A Culture That – Idealizes Individualism But Not Thinking – And – Fears The Isolation Of Being Free

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~ ALB ~ Alt-Left Bogeyman

~ RATB ~ Read A Third Book

~ N-G ~ Navel-Gazing

~ TISJEETEHOMOEBODIP-B-SNQEETFAITDSMASDIJ ~ There Is Somehow Just Enough Evidence To Extract Hundreds Of Millions Or Even Billions Of Dollars In Penalties – But – Somehow Not Quite Enough Evidence To Force Any Individual To Do So Much As A Day In Jail ~ Matt Taibbi ~ The Divide

~ TMWWTGOSAQAOQAEP-A-OOTIMEHA ~ The Modern World Worships The Gods Of Speed And Quantity And Of Quick And Easy Profit – And – Out Of This Idolatry Monstrous Evils Have Arisen ~ Rachel Carson ~ Lost Woods

~ WMCAV-ATAO40-ISALOE ~ What Most Consider A Virtue – After The Age Of 40 – Is Simply A Loss Of Energy ~ Voltaire

~ TMTOPODHDTEWBACIIUBEA ~ The Modern Theory Of Perpetuation Of Debt Has Drenched The Earth With Blood And Crushed Its Inhabitants Under Burdens Ever Accumulating ~ Thomas Jefferson ~ 1813

~ SK-PM ~ Servi Kaffe – Pereat Mundis ~ Bill Bonner ~ Hormegeddon

~ TEOPWE ~ The Epoch Of Permanent War Economy ~ Walter Oakes ~ Toward A Permanent War Economy

~ PWE ~ Permanent War Economy ~ Walter Oakes ~ Toward A Permanent War Economy

~ SEM ~ Simpleton’s Economic Model ~ Bill Bonner ~ Hormegeddon

~ CD-TAMOL-AMBLMG-WDAOI ~ Countless Decisions – That Affect Millions Of Lives – Are Made By Like-Minded Groups – Who Don’t Allow Outside Input ~ Dean Burnett ~ The Idiot Brain

~ PAWTBR-JNTFR ~ People Are Willing To Be Rebels – Just Not The First Rebel ~ Dean Burnett ~ The Idiot Brain

~ TWATWEWNSC-NSBAA-NSA-A-NSD ~ There Was A Time When Economists Were Not So Conceited – Not So Bold And Arrogant – Not So Ambitious – And – Not Such Dumbbells ~ Bill Bonner ~ Hormegeddon

~ AYWTIWCFDI ~ Anything You Write That Is Worthwhile Comes From Deep Inside ~ Jimi Hendrix ~ 11-09-1970

~ IWOAKOIS ~ I’m Working On A Kind Of Interspace Symphony ~ Jimi Hendrix ~ 11-09-1970

~ BMEHDETAMPTATTFTLOTRW-TGMBDIDBICGFIDDTLY ~ But Modern Economists Have Developed Elaborate Theories And Mathematical Proofs That Allow Them To Flout The Limitations Of The Real World ~ Bill Bonner ~ Hormegeddon

~ HDJWTBPOAG-TWAHRRII ~ Humans Don’t Just Want To Be Part Of A Group – They Want A High-Ranking Role In It ~ Dean Burnett ~ The Idiot Brain

~ IOSUGITFY-TFAI ~ Instead Of Storing Up Grain In The Fat Years – The Feds Ate It ~ Bill Bonner ~ Hormegeddon

~ TMPACSLI-THIIFTTATNAIOTWO-B-ALAWDDSSLPTMPPICORC ~ The More Privileged And Comfortable Someone’s Life Is – The Harder It Is For Them To Appreciate The Needs And Issues Of Those Worse Off – But – As Long As We Don’t Do Something Stupid Like Put The Most Pampered People In Charge Of Running Countries – We Should Be OK ~ Dean Burnett ~ The Idiot Brain