Thursday, August 27, 2009

Working markets or karma?

What do you call a system where costs and benefits return to those who cause them? Working markets or karma, depending on whether the accounting uses money or magic.

I had this same idea for a mock-anthropology article in style of Body Ritual among Nacirema, that I had to write for Theory of Knowledge class in IB. It wasn't very well executed, and my teacher didn't understand my point.

Perhaps mysterious forces are just more trustworthy than social institutions? Or perhaps karma seems nice because its promotion is read as ‘everyone will get what they deserve’, while markets seem nasty because their promotion is read as ‘everyone deserves what they’ve got’

You should read it, and other Katja Grace's posts at Meteuphoric

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