Wealth is Power, and Power is Always Relative
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Post No.: 1001   Furrywisepuppy says:   So your House has 3 dragons? Well mine has 7 or 8!   Power is always relative. Even if you’re a millionaire, you’re not going to have as much lobbying power as a … Read More

Taxing Wealth More Highly to Fund a Universal Basic Income (UBI)
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Post No.: 0993   Furrywisepuppy says:   In the UK at least, we’ve been long fixated on taxing the proceeds of labour (the working people) far more than wealth (the already-rich who own assets or capital) and inheritance. Income tax … Read More

Tactical Gambits When Negotiating
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Post No.: 0971   Furrywisepuppy says:   Whilst Fluffystealthkitten forwarded some really handy pointers that you can follow to enhance your success in general persuasion and negotiation contexts in Post No.: 0960, I’m going to dispense some specific and tactical … Read More

Build Trust, Build Credibility, Build the Relationship
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Post No.: 0960   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Proffered are a plethora of persuasion pointers – some of which summarise what we’ve already learnt before in previous posts on the subject of negotiations and some of which are new…   The … Read More

Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains and Mining
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Post No.: 0937   Furrywisepuppy says:   Cryptocurrencies are digital or virtual currencies that use cryptography to secure transactions. They don’t have a central issuing or regulatory bank, or use banks to verify transactions, but instead use a distributed public … Read More

Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining Power
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Post No.: 0920   Furrywisepuppy says:   Trade unions divide opinions. One’s stance mainly depends on whether one is an employee, an employer or some other member of the public in a particular situation. (The latter group include customers of … Read More

Philanthropy Versus Taxation and Public Spending
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Post No.: 0906   Furrywisepuppy says:   Wealthier people obviously find it easier to conduct in philanthropy than the poor. It shouldn’t be surprising that those who are able to give more (e.g. those living in the ‘Global North’ compared … Read More

A Better Balance Between Capitalism and Socialism?
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Post No.: 0888   Furrywisepuppy says:   Democracy and communism concern who decides who rules. Capitalism and socialism concern economic systems. So democracy and socialism aren’t actually mutually exclusive, and communism and socialism aren’t really synonyms of each other.   … Read More

Public Goods and the Free-Rider Problem
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Post No.: 0876   Furrywisepuppy says:   Is a good excludable (can I prevent someone else from consuming it)? And is it rivalrous (if I consume it, will someone else be affected by it)?   If the answer is no … Read More

Your Hard Labour, the Landowner’s Easy Gain
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Post No.: 0860   Fluffystealthkitten says:   According to philosopher Karl Marx, a bourgeois society comprises of the bourgeoisie who hold the means of production and the proletariat who have nothing to offer except for their labour. And so the … Read More

The Flaws of Trickle-Down Economics
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Post No.: 0855   Furrywisepuppy says:   Immediately after UK Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng’s libertarian policy of tax cuts for the richest, lower government interference and ‘trickle-down economics’ was announced in 2022 – … Read More

Who’s to Blame for High Unemployment Rates?
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Post No.: 0851   Furrywisepuppy says:   If there aren’t enough jobs then ‘fighting hard to get what few jobs there are’ won’t really help reduce the nation’s unemployment figures. This should be obvious. As an extremely simplified illustration – … Read More

How to Split Things Strategically
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Post No.: 0843   Furrywisepuppy says:   The technique of ‘one cuts the cake, the other chooses which slice’ is fine for things that can be split into two. But not everything can be.   In these cases, ‘one should … Read More

Pharmaceutical Solutions to Social Problems
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Post No.: 0835   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Businesses often overstate or even concoct problems just so they can market to us the ‘solutions’ that we ‘need’ for them.   Pharmaceutical companies, in particular, have been struggling to find new treatments … Read More

It’s Not Always Best to Meet in the Middle
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Post No.: 0825   Furrywisepuppy says:   During negotiations, people often descend into a pattern of ‘I’ll take this option off the table if you take that option off the table’ and so forth until they meet at the middle … Read More

Racial, Wealth, Health and Political Disparity are Linked
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Post No.: 0819   Furrywisepuppy says:   Racial discrimination and/or being born penurious may first lead to receiving sub-optimal nutrition as a child, and an increased risk of parental maltreatment due one’s parents’ own stresses as a result of the … Read More

Some Tactics to Get What You Request
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Post No.: 0804   Furrywisepuppy says:   The ‘foot-in-the-door technique’ involves making a small, unobtrusive furry request that should be easily acceptable, then later asking for a bigger request. This latter request will now have a greater chance of being … Read More

Foreign Aid, Capital and Labour Flows
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Post No.: 0797   Fluffystealthkitten says:   It was a while back when I said I would round off this series on global economic development – back in Post No.: 0567 in fact, when we discussed the pros and cons … Read More

Try a Blind Test to Find Out What You Really Like
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Post No.: 0783   Furrywisepuppy says:   Price sets up such powerful expectations that a packaging design and price can make consumers presume its contents are either a higher or lower quality, even when the contents are the same as … Read More

Seeking a Win-Win Outcome
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Post No.: 0765   Furrywisepuppy says:   Negotiation is a game, where each side hopes the other will believe that a ‘final offer’ is really so. Make it a fun game if possible. It’s serious stuff yet don’t take yourself … Read More

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