Communism Produces More Dishonesty

    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

The son of immigrant parents came home from school one day and asked his mother, "Mama, what’s a Democracy?"

"Well, son, Democracy is when Canadian tax payers work every day so we can get all our benefits, you know like free housing, free healthcare, more welfare payments than Canadian pensioners get, you know, that’s Democracy".

"But mama, don’t the Canadian tax payers get upset and angry about that?"

"Sure they do, that’s called Racism!"

    Wherein we see that communism produces long lasting effects on honesty. Apparently, if one needs to lie and cheat to get ahead, it has a lasting effect.

     By running an experiment among Germans collecting their passports or ID cards in the citizen centers of Berlin, we find that individuals with an East German family background cheat significantly more on an abstract task than those with a West German family background. The longer individuals were exposed to socialism, the more likely they were to cheat on our task. While it was recently argued that markets decay morals (Falk and Szech, 2013), we provide evidence that other political and economic regimes such as socialism might have an even more detrimental effect on individuals’ behavior.

   Markets decay morals? Spoken like true, liberal university professors.

    Free enterprise is based on the “double thank you effect”—both parties gain. Cheating leads to no one dealing with you.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “
Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies


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