The Economist is Das Derp

I am always impressed by economists who can publicly fellate themselves.

Lying commies
The more people are exposed to socialism, the worse they behave
The Economist • Jul 19th 2014

It’s a smidge surprising that a capitalist pig would be so critical of communism, you know?

Some 250 Berliners were randomly selected to take part in a game where they could win up to €6 ($8)…Each participant was asked to throw a die 40 times and record each roll on a piece of paper. A higher overall tally earned a bigger payoff. Before each roll, players had to commit themselves to write down the number that was on either the top or the bottom side of the die. However, they did not have to tell anyone which side they had chosen, which made it easy to cheat by rolling the die first and then pretending that they had selected the side with the highest number.

Then someone does the statistical number crunching and figures out the participants lied. The interesting thing here is who the biggest liars turned out to be:

…those who had East German roots cheated twice as much as those who had grown up in West Germany…

Presto it was the former card-carrying Communist Party members that turned out to be the biggest liars. Greedy bastards…

They also looked at how much time people had spent in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The longer the participants had been exposed to socialism, the greater the likelihood that they would claim improbable numbers of high rolls.

OH. It was the victims of East German totalitarianism that turned out to be the biggest liars. Poor schlubs, that’s different. Entirely different I’d say. Perhaps it’s time for a capitalist pig to go back to school and find out who The Communists really were. Also, maybe to get a handle on reading comprehension.

The study reveals nothing about the nature of the link between socialism and dishonesty. It might be a function of the relative poverty of East Germans, for example.

Poverty might cause people to lie, for money. You don’t say. This experiment is drifting further and further from Das Kapital and closer to ‘Duh’ by the minute. Well thankfully America isn’t cursed with either poor people or dishonesty – by design.

Speaking of which, you know what would make for some kickass laissez faire honesty? Any mention of the unsubtle differences between socialism and communism. A few words on Germany’s version of free-market capitalism would also suit me fine

Germany has the world’s oldest national social health insurance system, with origins dating back to Otto von Bismarck’s social legislation, which included the Health Insurance Bill of 1883, Accident Insurance Bill of 1884, and Old Age and Disability Insurance Bill of 1889.

Heath insurance mandated by federal law. T’would make Ayn Rand choke on her strudel.

All the same, when it comes to ethics, a capitalist upbringing appears to trump a socialist one.

All the same, communists are liars even when they’re not communists but poor people though you swear they’re really socialists but you have no idea what that means even while the real point isn’t about honesty but instead about ethics and how children are raised in foreign countries full of socialist institutions you know nothing about. Good post, really thanks.