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  •  Traditional societies are more democratic and soc- (2+ / 0-)
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    Bob Guyer, radmul

    -ialistic than feudal societies and industrialized countries...

    Some form of agreed sharing and modified controlled greed is probably a more typically human thing... tolerant of variation within the local norms but intolerant of anyone getting just too big for their britches... (see American First peoples prior to European intrusion)

    So harnessing greed via popular consensus appears to be built in to our programming... and can be implemented in a much larger political and social entity... provided the alpha males do not game things to become super alphas with no room for anyone else to bargain... We also have emergency fallback programming when social norms are upended... everyone for themselves (immediate family), run for the hills etc. ... which "Disaster Capitalism" by definition takes advantage of all too readily.

    When the few leverage themselves to where they can make offers that nobody else can refuse... then things stop working.. which is by design.

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 05:51:17 AM PST

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