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The link on my UBI post is oddly relevant to this discussion......
By:  Ordeith (Moderators; 10399)
Posted on: 11-08-2019 12:12.
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Here is another excerpt from that story:

The American Dream causes people to believe that people always get what they deserve. The American Dream is essentially just another form of what psychologists call “The Just World Hypothesis.”

The Just World Hypothesis says that people get what’s coming to them — bad stuff happens to bad people and good stuff happens to good people. Bad stuff rarely (if ever) happens to good people and vice-versa.

There are a couple problems with the Just World Hypothesis though: a) it’s wrong, and b) believing it kind of turns you into an unsympathetic asshole.

The American Dream causes us to believe that people are only worth what they achieve. If everybody gets what they deserve, then we should treat people based on what happens to them. Therefore, success makes you into some kind of saint, a role model that everyone else should follow. Failure turns you into a pariah, an example of what everyone else should try not to be.

This creates an extremely shallow and superficial culture where people like the Kardashians are celebrated for no other reason than they have fame and money, and people like war veterans, 9/11 first responders, and life-changing school teachers are more or less ignored and in some cases, left to die. The unspoken assumption is that if they were so great, where the hell is their money to take care of themselves?


“Some governments will consider it too risky to have thousands of anonymous, untraceable, unverified citizens – “hidden people;” they’ll want to know who is associated with each online account and will require verification at a state level, in order to exert control over the virtual world.”
- Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

"We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about;"
-Google Chairman Eric Schmidt