envy a theory of social behaviour

Envy – A Theory of Social Behaviour

"Social justice means that we deny ourselves many things so that others may have to do without them as well, or what is the same thing, many not be able to ask for them." ~ Sigmund Freud (emphasis my own) Helmut Schoeck's theory of social behaviour focuses on Envy as the key driving force behind … Continue reading Envy – A Theory of Social Behaviour

It’s all relative

"We define ourselves in relative terms, not absolute ones. More stuff, more power, less this or less that. Who's up and who's down?" - Seth Godin Why do talks about equality so often equate to moving the top half of the ladder down  towards the lowest common denominator rather than moving the bottom half of … Continue reading It’s all relative

The difference between UBI and UGI – and why it matters

What's the difference? UBI - Universal Basic Income UGI - Universal Guaranteed Income In short, with UBI, to paraphrase Oprah, "You get an income, she gets an income, he gets an income - EVERYONE gets an income!" https://media.giphy.com/media/11jENMgBweUYzS/giphy.gif Every person in the country gets the same get government sponsored income - regardless of whether they are employed, … Continue reading The difference between UBI and UGI – and why it matters

Equality or Liberty?

There comes a time every country, society and individual had to choose between Liberty and Equality; for the two are mutually exclusive. You cannot achieve equality without violating the liberty of others. Likewise the definition of liberty forces one to accept inequality. As for me, I choose freedom over fairness. I accept that I may … Continue reading Equality or Liberty?

On equality

Why do we strive for equality? We say we want smaller wage gaps, equal pay, equal rights, equal privilege, equal opportunities. But do you really want to be equal with everyone else? The worldwide median family income is less than $10,000 per annum. That would be 'fair'. But do you want your family to live on … Continue reading On equality