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Sender: Rickrad
Subject: The Bell Curve of Ambition
Date: Sun, Apr 27, 2014
Msg: 100952

We've been talking a lot about policy, empathy, and dialog... but here's a completely different way to unite the left and right. It's something I call "The Bell Curve of Ambition" (see attached image / image below). A full description of the bell curve of ambition is in section 5 of this paper:

Very quickly, the key to understanding the bell curve is that the top row generally captures the worldview of the political-left (where capitalism, for example, is a necessary evil and the government's pursuit of social justice is a good thing) and the bottom row generally captures the worldview of the political-right (where capitalism is about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and a too-active government is a dangerous risk).

In both cases, the bell curve suggests limits (the dark grey area) are needed to prevent the ambitious from going too far. The paper makes the case that capitalism (the individual resources economy) is what we get when we encourage individuals to trade instead of steal (right-side dark area) and that priorityism (the collective-resource economy) is what we get when we encourage the government to prioritize instead of over-taxing production (left-side dark area)

Capitalism and priorityism are shown in a circle because capitalism takes people and produces money and priorityism takes money and invests it in people -- the people that capitalism would otherwise ignore -- and prepares them for a productive life in capitalism.

?Yin yang.

- Rick Raddatz Founder, 303-949-8075


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