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  1. five2one 5 months ago

    Like a billionaire.

    William. Andrew. Copley.

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      Jear77 5 months ago

      @five2one a billion doesn’t make a lick of difference if you can’t use a dime of it. No one to sell you anything. Maybe it’ll be so bad you can’t even get gas or eggs paying for them in cash.

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  2. griz 5 months ago

    I think the society would die as we lose innovation, expertise, and competency as social values.

    Why bother striving if any reward/positive incentive is just smeared across the masses?

    The key problem with those trying to endorse such systems are:
    1) they have either no knowledge or no understanding of social history
    2) they are likely themselves “low producers”, which in a meritocracy means they lack either competence, perseverance or both — and they are the last people one would want trying to manage the very things they lack.
    3) they have zero understanding of the Human psycho-chemical system. Or worse, they do but think “feelings” are going to make everything OK.

    That’s not saying our current social economic system doesn’t have problems that need addressing. But it is statistically proving itself as very effective in addressing so many of the social problems like abject poverty, that have plagued the species since barter systems existed.
    What we have are a small body of very noisy and disgruntled people who have failed to successfully engage what is really a commendable system, and somehow think that their feelings qualify them to dream a proven destructive dream and fancy that THEY are the ones that will somehow make it work . . . this time.

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      Jear77 5 months ago

      @griz maybe. But what about the positive aspects of such a syztem? equally as likely people would have to put up or shut up. Do as they say.. or be shut out completely. If con artists knew they’d get caught and if there was enough negative reaction on their social credit account, it could mean if they mess up too many times, they could be barred from even trying to do something sneaky/ underhanded because it’d be impossible to get away with garbage. Maybe even to the point where (as i stated above) people who were deemed socailly toxic couldn’t buy anything.

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      • griz 4 months ago

        @Jear77
        What about the positive aspects of the current system that we would have to tear apart to create that imagined new system? (Things like reducing global abject poverty by 50% between 2000 and 2013. Or raising the overall standard of living by magnitudes unimagined in just the past 100 years.)

        Although when it comes to the “brave new world” social de/re-constructionists are reaching for, we don’t have to imagine hard. This social experiment has been/is being carried out in many different social settings with many different variables in the 20th Century. And “the good” inevitably becomes buried in a landslide of not just “the bad”, but “the evil”.

        We are just not clever enough to monkey with incredibly complex socially emergent structures. Even our smallest machinations don’t just fail — they backfire. (Which is NOT saying we cannot effect positive changes. We just have to get a handle on our emotions, ego, and arrogance first. I’ve studied just shy of a dozen “social interventions” of the past 100 years and found a majority of them didn’t just fail at their goal, they were counter-productive. And of all of these only one researcher (Joan McCord iirc of the Cambridge Somerville Youth Study on Juvenile Delinquency) had the GUTS to own the failure of the program and devote her life to better understanding what when wrong.
        Most hapless (and often Liberalistic) social re-engineers tend to just skate way from the social catastrophes their bumbling created with either just an “oopie!” or at worse, a mouth full of excuses and blaming others for the horrendous failure. We are currently living under the burgeoning social and financial cost of far too many such inept emotion-motivated programs like LBJ’s Great Society experiment or Bush’s No Child Left Behind fiasco.

        So WHY would we be SO damned foolish (and arrogant) to imagine that we could tear the entire complex social structure down and build another one up from scratch?

        And all for the sake of dealing with our own personal negative emotions relating to the inexorable evolved processes around us???

        Give your head a shake people! The far easier, and less tragically devastating option, is to get your own negative emotions under control rather than try to engineer a system that will take care of them for you so you can live as a blob of undefined mush.

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        Jear77 4 months ago

        @griz if abject poverty would teach assholes and con artist criminals a lesson, wouldn’t it be seen as a good thing?

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    • five2one 4 months ago

      @griz I prolly agree, as I usually do with you, Mr Smarty Pants. ;-)

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  3. Scarlett2 4 months ago

    Hmm, this is interesting! I am an introvert which could sometimes come off as being rude, because when I visit hotels, restaurants etc, I am not the bubbly, friendly, outgoing, talkative one, so I may not fare too well…

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