Two little quotes.
Firstly, Ritchie Baby approvingly quotes Polly.
The instinct for fairness is hard-wired into human beings, never more so than in times of adversity.
Secondly, Robert Schiller:
In good times people are willing to cooperate and accomodate others, but when optimism for the future starts to sour, they can become introverted, angry, fearful, and selfish.
Who to believe, eh? Who to believe?
I think we\’ll have to plump for Professor Schiller actually. Not because I like his proposed solution any better, it\’s pretty much the same imposed collectivism that Polly wants. But because his proposed solution flows naturally from his appreciation of human nature.
If we do indeed in bad times start to act selfishly then, for those who insist upon unselfish behaviour, insisting with the force of law upon unselfish behaviour makes logical sense.
However, the logic doesn\’t actually work the other way: Polly and the R Babbie seem to have something of a disconnect there. If people do indeed act more fairly in times of adversity, then in times of adversity the power to compel of the State would not be necessary, would it?