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The Lottery of Birth

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The Lottery of Birth. Bet we would all be more open minded if:

It’s 24 hours before your birth, and a genie appears to you. He tells you that you can set the rules for the world you’re about to enter — economic, social, political — the whole enchilada. Sounds great, right? What’s the catch?

You don't know your gender, race, nationality, natural abilities, and health prior to setting the rules — whether you are born rich or poor, sick or able-bodied, brilliant or below average, American or Zimbabwean. http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2010/03/31/warren-buffett-on-the-lottery-of-birth/

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I would do a few things:

1) Make slavery impossible. Countries that have enslaved others based on race or creed have much higher crime rates today.

2) Make illegal drug trade impossible. Legalize all drugs.

3) Make every society homogeneous. Homogeneous societies are much more peaceful internally.

Beyond that I would leave it pretty much the same

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I use this term all the time. Understanding the power of the process of socialization and the fact that where you end up by way of that lottery is largely deterministic makes is one of the most important revelations I've stumbled upon over the last couple of years. But for blind luck I would be the homeless guy or the Muslim or whoever else Americans like to abhor... it makes criticism a little more difficult and perspective a much easier beast to handle.

great article, thanks for posting.

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I know how lucky I am to have the parents I have and live in the country I live in, I don't need filthy rich people to remind me

Shouldn't we be the ones telling him how lucky he is to be him?

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Joke's on you, OP. Some Zimbabweans are rich white folk.

Ahh ha!

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Joke's on you, OP. Some Zimbabweans are rich white folk.

Ahh ha!

I often dream of what might have been, had I only been born... a Zimbabwean. Who knows, I might have grown up to become President of the United States of America one day! Oh, wait, I would have needed to have been born a Kenyan for that! :D

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it would atleast help you transfer to Columbia

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But for blind luck I would be the homeless guy or the Muslim or whoever else Americans like to abhor... it makes criticism a little more difficult and perspective a much easier beast to handle.

orrrr

you could have been born the son of a business owner, forever cursed to whine about the estate tax on carolinahuddle.com because it's not faaiirrrr :(

anyway, i've talked about the genetic lottery on here many times and i've never really gotten a straight answer from those who desperately oppose "entitlements" yet fully support those who are given money and capital purely out of the luck of being born to someone who held it before. it's weird how society shouldn't provide healthcare or welfare for the poor because they need to earn their keep or whatever, yet when a spoiled, snobby moron cries because the government is going to tax his father's estate when it's passed on to him, it's somehow totally justified to be a complete fuging parasite

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some people's parents give them athleticism, some get good genetics, other's receive musical talents because of the penis they came out of

what did your parents give you?

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....aaaand as usual Cantrell, either intentionally or just because he's dense, completely spins the "entitlement" discussion to fit his world view. I haven't seen one person say that entitlements for people in need are a bad thing. The problem with the entitlement system is that its rife with abuse... But you go ahead with your hate of everyone that has done well in life and your blind trust of govt you sad, bitter person.

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some people's parents give them athleticism, some get good genetics, other's receive musical talents because of the penis they came out of

what did your parents give you?

you'll find that i don't support a greater standard of living for those born with "good genetics" so i'm sorry to say your post is irrelevant and dumb but your post is irrelevant and dumb

why are "entitlements" bad until one feels entitled to the work of their parents?

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....aaaand as usual Cantrell, either intentionally or just because he's dense, completely spins the "entitlement" discussion to fit his world view. I haven't seen one person say that entitlements for people in need are a bad thing. The problem with the entitlement system is that its rife with abuse... But you go ahead with your hate of everyone that has done well in life and your blind trust of govt you sad, bitter person.

bullshit

you can't go a day without stirs or g5 whining about lazy welfare queens or countless other "i pretend i'm a free thinking independent" types whining about "welfare abuse" which isn't actually "rife with abuse" at all!

oh and please explain how inheriting a business means you've "done well in life"

and then get back to me on that "blind trust of govt" considering the fact that i hold absolute contempt for both parties currently holding office, as well as the vast majority of current policy

also stop making fuging stupid posts pls

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