[ExI] Non-commie Aussies

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Sun Jun 28 09:17:52 UTC 2009

On Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 5:05 AM, Stathis Papaioannou<stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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?
### Venal politicians, elected by clueless losers?

If you can imagine a way of making more money in the oil business,
long-term, by stealing than by being honest, without being able to act
as a sovereign or in concert with a sovereign, don't hesitate to share
it with us here.


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