On 7/12/2012 9:55 PM, Stephen P. King wrote:
On 7/12/2012 7:42 PM, meekerdb wrote:
On 7/12/2012 4:04 PM, Alberto G. Corona wrote:
We each one are free riders because we are selfish collaborators. A twist on selfish
collaboration is the self deception: our memory is unconsciously distorted to support
our case. we thinkl that we deserve more than the fair share etc.
"Free rider" doesn't mean just a selfish collaborator. A free rider is one who
benefits from the enforcement of social norms, but doesn't contribute to their enforcement.
To use a currently in vogue cliché; "they got no skin in the game". There is net no
cost for defections.
No, it doesn't mean there is no cost. It means that the 'free rider' doesn't pay any of
the enforcement cost. In a society that forbids theft a burglar is a defector. The
police and courts punish defectors. A free rider is someone who has his property
protected by the police but doesn't pay taxes for them.
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