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To: No One Special
Indeed. What we're fighting for in very basic terms is to improve the lot of all by incentivizing the productive 20% to produce as much as possible for as long as possible thereby achieving sustained growth. We do that by letting the 20% of producers keep what they make and pass it along to their loved ones. Actually, now that you mention it, what we're doing is fighting to keep the producers in the 20% wealth slot because this is best for all. We're fighting to keep the power mad (back to Orwell) out.

You know, you just made me realize something else about "1984." Orwell described Oceanic society as a basic 80/20 split:

Below Big Brother comes the Inner Party, its numbers limited to six millions, or something less than 2 per cent of the population of Oceania. Below the Inner Party comes the Outer Party, which, if the Inner Party is described as the brain of the State, may be justly likened to the hands. Below that come the dumb masses whom we habitually refer to as 'the proles', numbering perhaps 85 per cent of the population.

29 posted on 11/23/2012 6:15:01 PM PST by Gluteus Maximus
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To: Gluteus Maximus

I forget what little I ever knew about statistics but we’re probably talking about the normal distribution of human characteristics of any sort. There will always be those that stand out from others and the real stand outs will be a minority, 20% or less. I look back at growing up and the athletes that were in my classes. There was always a superstar or two in every class but from those at the top it trailed off to those who could only “throw like a girl.”

I read this article that applies the principle to more that just economics:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareto_principle

Now if only the media would pick up and expose the idea.


30 posted on 11/23/2012 6:30:57 PM PST by No One Special
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To: Gluteus Maximus

What I call “the manual” from 1984 is online:
The Theory And Practice Of Oligarchical Collectivism:
http://www.newspeakdictionary.com/go-goldstein.html

The first chapter, “Ignorance is Strength”, makes so much sense to me it is scary. I am sure the left understands the truth that is embodied in it and what is worse, they know how to use it to gain and consolidate power.


31 posted on 11/23/2012 6:38:24 PM PST by No One Special
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