The Lottery of Birth
Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:24 PM
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.getrichsl...ttery-of-birth/
Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:00 AM
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
Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:02 AM
great article, thanks for posting.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:31 PM
Shouldn't we be the ones telling him how lucky he is to be him?
Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:29 PM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:36 PM
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!
Joke's on you, OP. Some Zimbabweans are rich white folk.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:41 PM
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.
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
Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:50 PM
what did your parents give you?
Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:56 PM
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