Archive for April, 2011

Fake Jobs Hurt The Real Economy

April 30, 2011 7 comments

I am making this old post sticky, for a day or two, because it is relevant to an upcoming post about the dangerous synergy of fake jobs and metrics.

The vast majority of people cannot seem to separate the concept of having a job from income, even in high productivity systems, thereby creating a multitude of problems and perverse incentives.

One of them is the negative impact of fake jobs on the real economy.

So what are ‘fake jobs’ anyway? In my opinion, a jobs is useless if the sudden death of people performing that job would not adversely affect activity necessary for the continuation of human civilization?

Examples of useless jobs include naturopathic and chiropractic doctors, realtors, environmental designers, the vast majority of government employees, the vast majority of private sector workers, cupcake makers, MBAs, most accountants, most architects, flower shops, the majority of lawyers, CEOs and banksters. Their jobs, professions and businesses are not necessary for the maintenance or progress of human civilization.

Their only contribution to humanity comes from their ability to consume products and services, and is the main reason behind my idea of a Minimum Consumption Entitlement.

So, how do fake jobs hurt the real economy?

They do so in two ways.-

1. They divert resources and talent away for areas that are actually useful.

Would you become a scientist or an engineer if it was possible to make far more money in areas like banking, law or management? What percentage of our economy is based on financial bullshit, legal scams and other assorted nonsense? Do you really think that this shift has no adverse consequences?

2. They hinder and disrupt the progress of those who do productive and innovative things.

We have entire industries based around stealing from the productive (corporate law), abusing them (MBAs) and fucking the over (banksters). These scumbags work in concert with a government which is captive to their interests and a bureaucracy which is filled with greedy, short-sighted, power-hungry morons.

In my opinion, paying people who currently have fake jobs to not do them would lead to a better, and less fucked up, world.


How 30 Became The New 20

April 30, 2011 23 comments

You might have heard people say that 30 is the new 20. In my opinion, this statement is mostly true- if in a somewhat undesirable way. Let me explain..

You see, from the dawn of civilization to the 1980s most people starting living fully adult lives sometimes between their late teens and early 20s. So they had reasonably stable “careers”, wives, kids etc by the time they were in their mid-20s. Of course, there were wars, famines etc- however for the most part adulthood started at sometime from 17-24.

Adulthood does not start until your early 30s in developed countries, and is increasingly so for developing countries.

Today people finish high school at 18-19, do an undergrad or multiple years of community college, start a few shitty job in their mid-20s, reevaluate their career choice, do some further training etc and IF they lucky.. find something worthwhile by their early to mid-30s.

To put it another way- we have delayed adulthood by a decade, if not more.

While there are a host of popular reasons to explain this shift, most people miss the obvious one.

There are simply not enough well-paying jobs for everybody.

Technological advances have increased productivity to levels where we can make and service more with fewer people. This trend is not new. Prior to the second phase of the industrial revolution, child and adolescent labor was essential in many industries because of their low productivity. Indeed, compulsory education for children was meant to reduce the available workforce rather than educate kids. Laws against child labor were also motivated by economic considerations.

The third phase of the industrial revolution increased productivity still further giving us the, now universal, 40 hour work week. Western Europe went one step further with 6 week vacations, work sharing arrangements etc. There is, however one catch, with making 30 the new 20.

It is far more disruptive that banning child labor, introducing 40 hour work weeks or giving 6 weeks of paid vacations.

Most human cultures did not expect 14-15 year olds to be adults, nor was working only 8 hours per day undesirable. If anything, the results were largely positive and increased consumption of goods and services. Delaying family formation till your 30s does however introduce a whole host of problems, and then some more.

For starters, many men are pretty jaded with women by their late 20s. Combine that with feminism, job instability, sexual promiscuity and easy divorce make family formation a losing proposition. However a significant part of the economy, and economic predictions, depend on the continuation of family formation patterns which are now essentially dead.


Another Dance Performance: April 30, 2011

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Isn’t it odd that the mothers of these talented dancers are their biggest promoters.


NSFW Links: April 28, 2011

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Things Worth Remembering: April 28, 2011

April 28, 2011 4 comments

CONservatives often forget that-

The path to slaughter, torture and generalized destruction of older CONservative men starts at the door of poor, educated and marginally employed/ unemployed younger men.

Ideological movements from communism, nazism and various forms of nationalism were just self-justifications for actively destroying the old order. Even phenomena like “herbivores” in japan or “boomerang” kids in the west are also partially driven by a wish to see the old system fail. Behind every herbivore, freeter or slacker is a guy (usually) who has no interest in playing rigged games and despises the existent system.


Is Rejection By Average Women Worth It?

April 27, 2011 11 comments

One of my issues with the whole idea of ‘game’ is linked to it being essentially a numbers game. Your success with women largely depends on how many new women you approach, confidently, each and every day.

It does not take a genius to figure that most approaches will end in rejection, flakiness or bullshit. So here is my real question-

Are very high levels of rejection by average women worth it?

Being deliberately ignored by a hot young piece of ass is not that bad. But rejection, flakiness or bullshit by average looking women is much harder to rationalize. It gets even worser when you realize that most average looking women are mediocre in bed. A combination of inflated costs, mediocre service and princessy attitude are the biggest disincentives to practicing game.

Do you want to build a lifestyle based on obsessing over mediocre shit, when you can rent the amazing stuff by the hour with less hassle and effort?


NSFW Links: April 26, 2011

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