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Greed

We know the solutions to most of our national and global problems. We know many ways to stop global warming, to eliminate poverty, racism, etc. but we can't seem to move forward. Of course there are many reasons, but one stands out, way above the others: Greed.

For example, the burning of fossil fuels is causing global warming, but oil companies and their investors fight tooth and nail against renewable energy because it would mean less profit from oil.

A tiny tax on billionaires could provide everyone with free child care, free college, medical care, and much more, but they have and continue to spend millions in an almost century-long battle to fight any and all taxation because, like a cancer on the body of humanity, they are insatiable: even with a billion, or a hundred billion, they still want more.

And, as we will see, below, it's not just about money, it's about Democracy itself.

Here, we explore greed. Where it comes from, how it operates, and how we might prevent it from consuming us all.

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Does Wealth Rob the Brain of Compassion? - The Atlantic - - To put it simply: Yes. And that's not all it does. There is abundant evidence that wealth makes people greedy, selfish and more likely to cheat, as well.

Meritocracy Harms Everyone - The Atlantic - - After making it clear that the Meritocracy "deck" is stacked in favor of the priveleged, the author makes the case that even for them, the fruits of meritocracy are essentially. bitter - gained at the expense of mental health and relationships. A better way is possible.

The Big Money Behind the Big Lie - The New Yorker - - Greed and wealth enhance each other. Any threat to either one of them inspires action. This article documents the lengths to which wealthy people will go to protect their pile of cash.

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Does Wealth Rob the Brain of Compassion? - The Atlantic - - To put it simply: Yes. And that's not all it does. There is abundant evidence that wealth makes people greedy, selfish and more likely to cheat, as well.

Meritocracy Harms Everyone - The Atlantic - - After making it clear that the Meritocracy "deck" is stacked in favor of the priveleged, the author makes the case that even for them, the fruits of meritocracy are essentially. bitter - gained at the expense of mental health and relationships. A better way is possible.

The Big Money Behind the Big Lie - The New Yorker - - Greed and wealth enhance each other. Any threat to either one of them inspires action. This article documents the lengths to which wealthy people will go to protect their pile of cash.

For 97% of human history, equality was the norm. What happened? - - Greed thrives in most of today's societies, resulting in correspondingly gross inequality and miserable living conditions for the vast majority of people in our societies.the present day . But, for most of the time humans have been on the planet, greed and inequality were kept firmly in check. This article surveys a plausible sequence of cultural developments that may have gotten us here. Unfortunately, it says nothing about how to fix the problem.

 

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