[ExI] Non-commie Aussies

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Sun Jun 28 09:05:48 UTC 2009

2009/6/28 Rafal Smigrodzki <rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com>:

> Maybe this will help understand where I come from: Most people I know
> would not slit an Iraqi man's throat, or spend their own cash to hire
> thugs to do it, unless they were pretty sure he really, personally
> deserved it - yet when they voted (three time so far), they extorted
> thousands of dollars from me and used it to slaughter of hundreds of
> thousands of Iraqis based on the flimsiest excuse for evidence. People
> acting within the short-feedback environment of their family,
> community, business, or other voluntary two-way interactions, tend to
> exercise caution and compassion - but the same people acting without
> immediate feedback, as it happens during voting, end up acting
> carelessly, hypocritically, indulging cognitive biases that normally
> are suppressed.

But if a large private corporation or conglomerate of corporations
figured they could make a profit looting Iraqi oil, a dispassionate
business decision, who would stop them?

Stathis Papaioannou

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