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  •  The problem is people of little practical talent. (6+ / 0-)

    They have nothing to contribute that anyone else wants. They try to imitate productive behavior but there is something missing in their brains and they just can't complete or compete. So, they are dependent on others and that makes them feel really insecure. Or perhaps it's just repeated failures that frustrate and make them insecure. In any event, the insecurity prompts denial on their part and, if they are at all verbally adept, bluster. They get what they need via bluster and demand and by projecting a sense of entitlement.
    What they don't understand is that productive people actually produce more than they can use themselves. So, they've got stuff to give and are actually glad to have it shared, rather than going to waste.
    What we have here is a failure not to communicate, but a failure to comprehend. Willard is a good example of the clueless. His accumulation of money wasn't evidence of some skill; at best it was evidence of an ability to steal legally. Sharing and caring people do know when someone has stolen from them. The clueless don't know that they could get what they need by just asking. So, they steal and they don't give up anything to anyone. Greed is an obsession-- instinct gone 'round the bend.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 04:29:30 PM PST

    •  Practical Talent (6+ / 0-)

      P2P thus far works on an opt-in basis, you like the project and therefore you contribute.  Dkos is an example.  The ones who participate are the ones who want to participate.  There are ways to deal with trolls and deadbeats online and offline that such communities develop, to greater and lesser efficacy.

      In a polity, where the social contract includes all, the free riders and those who wish to game the system for their own benefit may be a more difficult problem.  Luckily, or not, the idea of a P2P government is just an idea at the moment and any experiments in that direction have been small-bore at best.

      Rmoney had a talent for making money.  As Bernstein the accountant says in "Citizen Kane, "Well, it's no trick to make a lot of money...if all you want is to make a lot of money."  All the Mittster wanted to do was make a lot of money.  All he wants to do now is keep it.

      Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

      by gmoke on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 05:30:53 PM PST

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