Archive for January 5, 2011

Compare and Contrast: Dystopia

January 5, 2011 5 comments

I saw this post on I support Donna Simpson in her quest to become the world’s fattest woman

Here is a picture of that woman..

The single mother-of-two tucked into two 25lb turkeys, two maple-glazed hams, 15lbs of potatoes (10lbs roast, 5lbs mashed), five loaves of bread, five pounds of herb stuffing, four pints of gravy, four pints of cranberry dressing and an astonishing 20lbs of vegetables.

and here is a picture of George Sodini

Sodini also wrote that he is worth about $250,000 and was concerned that he would be laid off from his job as a systems analyst at K&L Gates after making through a layoff earlier in the year. He wrote, “I took off today, Monday, and tomorrow to practice my routine and make sure it is well polished. I need to work out every detail, there is only one shot.”

Do you see the problem?


Categories: Dystopia

How Rent-Seeking Destroys Modern Society: 1

January 5, 2011 2 comments

Let us first define rent-seeking.

In economics, rent seeking occurs when an individual, organization or firm seeks to earn income by capturing economic rent through manipulation or exploitation of the economic or political environment, rather than by earning profits through economic transactions and the production of added wealth.

I am certainly not the first to suggest that rent-seeking is bad for society, Adam Smith did so a long time ago. However, the mechanisms through which rent-seeking destroys society are less well understood.

It seems that most people believe that rent-seeking destroys societies through primary processes such as reduction in the supply and flow of money, inefficiencies etc. However many of these explanations were created when the world was a very different place, and people had radically different livelihoods and lifestyle choices than they have today.

I believe that, in our current system, the biggest impact of uncontrolled rent-seeking behavior is due to its secondary and tertiary effects. It is the response of people to the primary effects which ultimately destroy society.

Uncapped rent-seeking behavior destroys social cohesion and trust.

If most people believe that participating in a system in good faith will only further their exploitation, they will either stop doing so, defect or just drop out. There is a reason that slave-owning societies cannot reach and maintain high levels of technological complexity.

Rent-seeking entities can stretch their lifespan through immigration of poorer people and confidence tricks. But there is only so much stretch in the system. Will write more in future posts.


NSFW Links: Jan 5, 2011

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These links are NSFW.

Amateur BJs: Jan 4, 2011 NekkidCuties

Luba and Peter: In the Jungle NekkidCuties

Luba and Peter: In the Jungle Nudie Cuties


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