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    design, bankruptcy are all variations on the same theme. We could also call it induced scarcity. One problem with devising lingo to describe the Cons is that compound phrases are ineffective because they don't understand the qualifying function of the adjective or adverb. So, for example, "fake deficit" can be parsed as two nouns that are in opposition to each other, similar to cost benefit. One man's cost is another man's benefit and one man's fake is another man's deficit. The phrase ends up being an affirmation of the deficit as real.
    Sequester is actually a better word, even though in turning a verb into a noun, the meaning tends to get lost. That Congress is "hiding a stash" would be harder to ignore. Since the meaning of sequester is uncertain, it seems natural to focus on the effects of the deprivation on the innocent victims and we all get carried away with sympathy for them.

    Perhaps it is the nature of uncertainty to elicit emotional, rather than logical reactions. But sympathy prevents us from taking action to stop the abusers and deprivators. "Deprivator," btw is not a recognized word. Depriver probably is. However, "deprivation" is a legal term, as in "deprivation of rights," and applies to an injustice which the simple "deprive" does not imply. There is more negative intent involved with deprivation and so the perpetrators should, IMHO, be called deprivators.  
    Why someone would take something he does not want for himself is a puzzlement to those who aren't similarly inclined. The same motivation seems to be present in people who pull the wings off flies. Deprivators inflict suffering. I suppose that's sadism. Hard to imagine. But then, so is failure by design.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:22:23 PM PDT

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