[ExI] On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs
matters21stcentury at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 22 04:40:20 UTC 2013
Am only reacting to:
Eisenhower's having warned of military- industrial complex.
Our spending a trillion+ in transforming Iraq from Sunni to Shiite.
Our spending a trillion+ to raise the standard of living in Afghanistan to the level of Chad's.
And what is foreign aid? taking funds from the poor in rich nations to give to kleptocrats in poor nations?One is given to wonder wherein the rationality lies-- or any rationale whatsoever.
>Some of it, sometimes. But remember that your body spends around 10% of its metabolism on the immune system, and your computer probably burns more cycles on antivirus/firewall software than most other things. A system in a world of parasites and adversaries needs to spend effort on defence or it will cease to exist. The key question is whether the equilibrium reached is rational or just a stable equilibrium.
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