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Why pseudo-rationalists hate the rich

By Peter P following x   2012 Dec 8, 3:28am 36,894 views   191 comments   watch   nsfw   quote     share    


Because they think they are the greatest, yet they are rarely rich. Therefore, they try to invent reasons to explain why wealth beyond a certain point (i.e. a level attainable by their professions) should be re-distributed away.

The consequence of accepting that some people "deserve" their "excess" wealth is too severe for their egos to bear.

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152   Dan8267   ignore (3)   2012 Dec 11, 9:50pm   ↑ like (6)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

The rich I like.



The rich I hate.



Do you notice the pattern? One group got rich by creating wealth: inventing something significant, solving a problem, saving lives, even creating entertainment. The other group got rich by siphoning massive amounts of wealth off of other, hard working people. The second group never produced any wealth, and have often destroyed it. Yet the second group is even more rich than the first group.

Rational people don't hate the rich for being rich. We hate the rich because of how they got rich: at the expense of everyone else.

153   121212   ignore (6)   2012 Dec 12, 3:36am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

You made a pseudo argument in the first place. how stupid

"Why pseudo-rationalists hate the rich

Because they think they are the greatest, yet they are rarely rich. Therefore, they try to invent reasons to explain why wealth beyond a certain point (i.e. a level attainable by their professions) should be re-distributed away.

The consequence of accepting that some people "deserve" their "excess" wealth is too severe for their egos to bear."

Irrational, illogical, unprovable, unsubstantiated and baseless.

154   Peter P   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 12, 4:35am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Dan, wealth is morally neutral. You certainly can like or hate anyone you want. But it is a mistake to apply value judgement to any kind of economic activity.

If I hate someone, I usually try to become him.

Hatred is a response to fear.

155   leo707   ignore (1)   2012 Dec 12, 4:41am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Peter P says

If I hate someone, I usually try to become him.

Do you hate Ted Bundy?

156   Dan8267   ignore (3)   2012 Dec 12, 4:46am   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Peter P says

Dan, wealth is morally neutral.

No one has ever said that the rich are inherently less moral and less likely to go to heaven -- ok, one guy named Jesus did, but besides him...

What I and everyone else has said is that how you get your wealth does matter. There are ethical and moral ways to become rich, but those ways are slow and there are limits to how rich you will become. You might become a millionaire, but unless you invent something motherfuckingly spectacular like the Google founders did, you ain't becoming a billionaire with this route.

There are also immoral and unethical routes to wealth, and this is how almost all billionaires in our country became such. How the fuck does one person actually produce a billion dollars of wealth? Outside of invention, it's not possible. So those billionaires got their wealth by siphoning (aka stealing) it from other people. The theft might by legal, but it sure as hell ain't moral. There is no reason why common folk like us should respect those billionaires who gained their wealth through zero-sum games and unethical behavior.

I respect the rich who actually earned their wealth. I do not respect or like the rich who got their wealth by stealing it from other people, no matter how legal the form of theft was.

Example: The assholes at Goldman Sachs cost our nation trillions of dollars of real wealth in order to siphon billions of dollars from hard-working wealth-producing people to financial parasites. They are worthy of hatred.

157   Dan8267   ignore (3)   2012 Dec 12, 4:49am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Peter P says

Hatred is a response to fear.

Maybe that's how your brain works. It's not how my brain works.

I hate Hitler and Nero. I don't fear them at all. They're dead. They can't do anything.

Hatred is an evolved response to injustice. It serves a purpose. That purpose is to discourage evil by ensuring that those who participate in it will be shunned by the community. Hatred exists to make evil prohibitively expensive and thus nonprofitable.

158   Peter P   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 12, 4:50am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I rather not having to decide who earned it.

159   Dan8267   ignore (3)   2012 Dec 12, 5:09am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Peter P says

I rather not having to decide who earned it.

It's not that subjective. The financial industry produces nothing. At best they are overhead. Yet, the largest fortunes are made in the financial industry. This makes no sense from a sheer economics perspective. Overhead should not be the most profitable use of human resources. The riches of the financial industry can only be explained by wealth parasitism. Parasitism cannot be justified under any economic philosophy.

160   justme   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 12, 5:15am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Dan8267 says

Example: The assholes at Goldman Sachs cost our nation trillions of dollars of real wealth in order to siphon billions of dollars from hard-working wealth-producing people to financial parasites. They are worthy of hatred.

Exactly right: The people has to lose trilions for GS to profit billions. I have said it before in other words, sometimes I think we would be better off paying Goldman Sachs to dig ditches by hand and fill them again, rather than have them involved in financial "services".

161   Dan8267   ignore (3)   2012 Dec 12, 5:19am   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

justme says

The people has to lose trilions for GS to proifit billions.

The really big parasites are highly inefficient parasites. So, yes, even with the moral hazard, it would be more cost efficient to just pay off the parasites. The problem is that the parasites' greed knows no bounds. No matter how much money you give them, even if its more than they are making now, they will continue to destroy wealth to gain even more. Furthermore, paying off the parasites will only serve to encourage more people to become parasites.

The best solution is the one the French came up with in the 1790s.

162   Peter P   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 12, 5:24am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

The financial industry provides liquidity and many other vital functions of the market.

Everything can be seen as a zero sumgame. In the end, either you have power over someone or the other way around.

I would not even think technology as anything special. It is just about some sntics and dome payments.

163   Peter P   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 12, 5:26am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Who was behind the French Revolution?

164   Bellingham Bill   ignore (5)   2012 Dec 12, 5:59am   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

165   Dan8267   ignore (3)   2012 Dec 12, 6:03am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Bellingham Bill says

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

So very true. And well illustrated on this site. Case point: http://patrick.net/?p=1219726

166   Peter P   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 12, 6:23am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

You will find that ideas on people tend to be the most profitable.

167   Peter P   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 12, 7:07am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

leo707 says

Peter P says

If I hate someone, I usually try to become him.

Do you hate Ted Bundy?

I hate the terrifying idea of what a serial killer stands for.

I love Al Bundy.

168   Dan8267   ignore (3)   2012 Dec 13, 2:19am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Peter P says

The financial industry provides liquidity and many other vital functions of the market.

That remains to be proven. I'd like to see concrete proof that all the complicated shenanigans the financial industry plays really does improve the flow of money and the efficiency of the economy.

Right now banks charge 1.5% and 25 cents per transaction on electronic money. I suspect that eliminated this tax alone will do far more for improving the efficiencies of the economy than everything the financial industry does, even based on the assumption that what they do is good. In reality, the financial industry probably makes the economy far less efficient by diverting massive resources to zero-sum games.

Peter P says

Everything can be seen as a zero sumgame. In the end, either you have power over someone or the other way around.

This is exactly the problem with Republican thinking. When I buy food at the grocery market, it's not a zero-sum game. When I pay to have a maid clean my house or a mechanic to fix my car, it's not a zero-sum game. I save time I can spend doing something that I am more productive at than farming, cleaning, or repairing a car. At the same time, the person I'm paying is profiting. That's exactly what a zero-sum game is not.

169   121212   ignore (6)   2012 Dec 13, 3:00am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

Does your pseudo bullshit title have any facts to back it up?

FACTS please?

or is this your personal observation?

170   justme   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 13, 5:05am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Dan8267 says

Right now banks charge 1.5% and 25 cents per transaction on electronic money. I suspect that eliminated this tax alone will do far more for improving the efficiencies of the economy than everything the financial industry does, even based on the assumption that what they do is good

Yep. The private tax on debit and credit card transactions is a big drag on the productive economy. Why don't the republicons complain about it? Well, because private taxes are good, public taxes are bad. Don't you see?

171   Peter P   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 13, 5:35am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

justme says

Dan8267 says

Right now banks charge 1.5% and 25 cents per transaction on electronic money. I suspect that eliminated this tax alone will do far more for improving the efficiencies of the economy than everything the financial industry does, even based on the assumption that what they do is good

Yep. The private tax on debit and credit card transactions is a big drag on the productive economy. Why don't the republicons complain about it? Well, because private taxes are good, public taxes are bad. Don't you see?

It is not a tax, it is a fee. There is also competitions.

I would support making all roads toll roads.

172   justme   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 13, 7:43am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Peter P says

It is not a tax, it is a fee. There is also competitions.

Oh, please. VISA/MC and Discover is a duopoly with no real competition, plus all the banks like their cut of the fees, too. Who's to stop them?

173   justme   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 13, 7:44am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Peter P says

I would support making all roads toll roads.

Par for the course. But you are much more sensible in person, that is the good news :).

174   Peter P   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 13, 2:04pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

justme says

Peter P says

I would support making all roads toll roads.

Par for the course. But you are much more sensible in person, that is the good news :).

justme, it is quite sensible to make all roads toll roads. If we do not stop subsidizing motorists people will not give public transit a consideration.

In some markets, public transportation can make economic sense if such market distortions are removed.

175   Peter P   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 13, 2:05pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

justme says

Peter P says

It is not a tax, it is a fee. There is also competitions.

Oh, please. VISA/MC and Discover is a duopoly with no real competition, plus all the banks like their cut of the fees, too. Who's to stop them?

That is a bit sad. BTW, have you tried LevelUp?

https://www.thelevelup.com/

It is pretty cool buying lunch from a food truck with your phone.

176   justme   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 14, 2:14am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Peter P says

justme, it is quite sensible to make all roads toll roads. If we do not stop subsidizing motorists people will not give public transit a consideration.

Don't you realize that if people start taking the bus, the toll road operators will just start charging per passenger instead of per vehicle? Why, because they can!

Your theories are cute, but only in theory. In practice they are so full of large holes that one can drive armored cars full of ill-gotten monopoly profits through them. And believe me, the monopolists WILL do exactly that.

177   leo707   ignore (1)   2012 Dec 14, 2:28am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

justme says

Peter P says

It is not a tax, it is a fee. There is also competitions.

Oh, please. VISA/MC and Discover is a duopoly with no real competition, plus all the banks like their cut of the fees, too. Who's to stop them?

Stop complaining, you're free to start your own credit card company! It's a free market right?

178   leo707   ignore (1)   2012 Dec 14, 2:30am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

justme says

Your theories are cute, but only in theory. In practice they are so full of large holes that one can drive armored cars full of...

This is one thing that free market purists have very much in common with communists.

179   Peter P   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 14, 2:31am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

That we are cute?

180   leo707   ignore (1)   2012 Dec 14, 2:32am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

justme says

But you are much more sensible in person, that is the good news :).

Yeah, this is one of the nice things about the Patrick.net coffee hour.

181   leo707   ignore (1)   2012 Dec 14, 2:35am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Peter P says

That we are cute?

In is that your theories make you cute.

But then again, the same cute theories make you horrifying if you get the power to inact them.

182   Peter P   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 14, 2:44am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

leo707 says

Peter P says

That we are cute?

In is that your theories make you cute.

But then again, the same cute theories make you horrifying if you get the power to inact them.

Only if you reject Utopia. ;-)

183   Dan8267   ignore (3)   2012 Dec 14, 2:54am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Peter P says

It is not a tax, it is a fee. There is also competitions.

First, Fees are taxes just under a different name.

Second, there is no real competition as banking is largely a cartel.

Third, pure capitalism will never yield 0% transaction costs because

Only centralized control can reduce wasteful siphoning to 0%.

184   Dan8267   ignore (3)   2012 Dec 14, 2:56am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

leo707 says

justme says

Peter P says

It is not a tax, it is a fee. There is also competitions.

Oh, please. VISA/MC and Discover is a duopoly with no real competition, plus all the banks like their cut of the fees, too. Who's to stop them?

Stop complaining, your free to start your own credit card company! It's a free market right?

185   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2012 Dec 19, 10:51pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   flag        

121212 says

Fool, go divide your own party.

Peter P and I are joining mental telepathy powers to divide 121212's party. "wooooooo wooooooo woooooo"

(Opening one eye, to see if it's working)

186   HonkpilledMaster   ignore (5)   2012 Dec 20, 12:14am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Peter P says

Who was behind the French Revolution?

The Poor and Middle Classes, who were being taxed to death to give Nobles and the Bourgeoisie salaried positions for doing nothing. The rich also voted (yes, France had Estates, but only for the Rich and High Clergy) themselves immunity from lawsuits (oh, we're being sued too much - sound familiar?), the right to imprison anybody indefinitely without charge or trial (Cachets d'Iforget), and no taxes. Almost all taxes were paid by the peasants (who paid 4/5th of their crop in rent and taxes, often to the same person) and the middle class.

There were also a few relatively poor noblemen who seethed over not getting any positions in the Army or Bureaucracy, because they weren't rich enough to buy themselves a salaried office.

187   Peter P   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 20, 1:29am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Also, which group ended up benefiting from the French Revolution permanently?

http://mises.org/daily/1504

Bankers loved that.

188   Peter P   ignore (0)   2012 Dec 20, 1:38am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

We need a small but flat or regressive income tax plus a flat land value tax.

189   Kevin   ignore (2)   2012 Dec 20, 12:38pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Peter P says

Also, which group ended up benefiting from the French Revolution permanently?

http://mises.org/daily/1504

Bankers loved that.

I had to stop reading after "centralized, totalitarian, managerial, pseudo-democratic despotisms that now reign over the West."

I wish I was allowed to live in a different reality when I chose to.

190   Kevin   ignore (2)   2012 Dec 20, 12:46pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Peter P says

But it is a mistake to apply value judgement to any kind of economic activity.

Only if you're a psychopath.

I could become very wealthy by murdering people and taking their money. I could become very wealthy by deceiving people into signing unfair contracts. I could become very wealthy by planting rumors of a major corporate acquisition and buying stock appropriately.

The idea that economics exists independent of ethics is a ridiculous fantasy ideal of libertarian fundamentalists who never have been nor ever will be in a position to actually have to make major financial decisions for anybody.

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