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Rewarding Dependent Behavior and America’s Decline

February 7, 2014

Rewarding Dependent Behavior and America’s Decline

A search of the internet will find many “Do Not Feed The Animals!” signs.

Some signs will even go beyond this simple command and provide the reasons why it is bad to feed the animals: “It will make them dependent”; “because they get dependent on handouts and stop fending for themselves”; and “Bears, alligators, and other animals can get aggressive even after one food reward”.

It should come as no surprise that animals will get dependent upon the hand that feeds them. So why should it be any different for human humans?  

In the case above, not only is dependent behavior being directly rewarded, but something more subtle is also operational.  Psychology’s Matching law predicts that when two or more schedules of rewards are available, but cannot be responded to at the same time, the rate of responding on each schedule tends to nearly match the rate of rewards available on each schedule.

The Matching Law has been used to explain foraging patterns of animals in the wild. I will grant you that it is an imperfect extrapolation from these studies of animals in the wild to human animals responding to welfare opportunities rather than market labor opportunities. But something very similar ordinarily  happens within populations of sociocultures.

Ease, effort, convenience, and certainty-of -reward for work done all play into the human behavior patterns. For example, I live in a wooded area and a very large oak tree is threatening to fall on the corner of my home. The “tree surgeon” came to estimate the cost or removing this tree shortly after a major storm knocked down many trees in my area.

After a short inspection he stated that he would prefer not to take the tree down because it would be very difficult to get to in our back yard and it was a very large and challenging tree to manage. He kindly and apologetically said: “its like going into the farm yard to pick a chicken for dinner and they all have two legs except one”. He asked, with a smile, “which one ya gonna pic?!” The law of least effort was wonderfully illustrated in this simple statement and so were the mechanisms of natural selection and the “survival of the fittest”!

The tree is still standing, leaving my gene pool in the cross hairs of the mechanisms of natural selection! I must now resist the seductive attraction of the law of least effort.

We need to discuss the interesting warning about aggression that a minority of such signs provide.

Psychological research has demonstrated a strong tendency of animals to lash-out and become aggressive when they experience frustration and/or pain. This will not happen with every human animal.  But the probability of elicited aggression is greatly increased within a population under these conditions.

Also,  psychological research has demonstrated that animals accustomed to being very frequently rewarded for some behavior (technically called “continuous reinforcement”, CRF, or a “thick schedule”) are very likely to become aggressive when the rewards are stopped suddenly. This is called extinction-produced aggression or, when frustration and anger result without aggression, it is called extinction-produced emotional behavior.

Perhaps you will recognize the behavioral/cultural corollaries in the recent population rioting in Great Britain, France and Greece.

These societies have incrementally increased welfare “entitlements” (rewards for doing very little) to more and more citizens until the tax payers can no longer afford them. When cuts to these entitlements must finally be made, due to a growing dependent population, we normally see characteristic extinction-produced emotional and aggressive behaviors within that population in the form or rioting.

A volcano of riotous social chaos is building in America and it may already too late to stop our bad social/political welfare and entitlement policies that feed it.

Wake-up America and Vote the Progressive-Socialists in both parties out-of-office!

VTM, 2/7/14

America Is Sinking Under It’s Own Weight

June 7, 2010

America Is Sinking Under It’s Own Weight

Samuel Adams got it right. If we do not educate our children about our courageous Founding Father’s hopes, intentions, and values as set forth in the U.S. Constitution, we are “Sinking Under Our Own Weight”. Our Founding Fathers wanted individual freedom from government control, not governmental control of every aspect of our lives; Freedom of religion –not freedom from religion; Freedom of speech not political correctness and the punishment of unacceptable thoughts; State’s Rights to protect their citizens from harm and set their own laws (except where expressly prohibited in the constitution); And much more–especially the need to protect our Constitution from capricious forces of revisionism.
We are far along the way to “tamely surrendering our liberties”. We are sinking much faster than most folks know.

Wake-up America and vote the crooks, progressive socialists, and the do-nothing politicians out of office. It will soon be too late.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D. 6/7/10

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“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.” –Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1775


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“Health Care in a Free Society”

March 21, 2010

“Health Care in a Free Society”

This is the title of an address that Paul Ryan, sixth term congressional member, gave at Hillsdale College. It was publish in Imprimis, February 201o. The following quotes are some of Paul Ryan’s Main points. The regular print are my additions, the bold print are Ryan’s direct quotes.

1) …the right to care for one’s health does no imply that government must provide the care, any more than our right to eat, in order to live, requires government to own the farms and raise the crops.

2) Government’s constitutional obligations in regard to protecting such rights are normally met by establishing the conditions for free markets—markets which historically provide an abundance  of goods and services, at an affordable cost, for the largest number.

3) …we need only look at this history of Medicare and Medicaid—a history in which fraud has proliferated despite all efforts to stop it and failure to control cost has become a national nightmare.

4) The federal takeover of health care that those bills represent would subsume approximately on-sixth  of our national economy. Combined with spending at all levels, government would then control about 50 percent of total national production.

5) (He advocates) the model  consistent with our Constitution, in which health care providers compete in a free and transparent market, and in which individual consumers are in control.

6) Bureaucrats don’t make decisions about health care according to persona need or preference: they ration resources according to a dollar-driven social calculus.

7) (The government will use) a ‘whole life system’ in which government makes treatment decisions based on average life expectancy and ‘social usefulness’—-(decisions would be made by) a Medicare board of unelected ‘specialists’ whose job it would be  to determine the program’s treatment protocols as a method of limiting costs.

8).  Ryan suggest a system a system guided by political liberty and economic principles:

     A. …everyone paying for health care should receive the same tax benefits.

     B. …we need high-risk insurance pools in the states so that those with pre-      existing conditions can obtain coverage that is not prohibitively expensive, and so that costs in hon-high-risk pools are stabilized.

     C. …we need to unlock existing health care monopolies by letting people purchase health insurance across state lines—just as they do care insurance and other goods and services. This is a simple and obvious way to reduce health care costs.

     D. …we need to establish transparency in terms of costs and quality of health care. …Unless the consumer is able to compare prices and quality of services– unless he has an incentive to base choices on that information, as he does in purchasing other goods and services—there is not really a free market.

9) Americans understand that the problems facing your health care system today, real as they are,  can be addressed without nationalizing one-sixth of the American economy and moving us passed the tipping point toward a European-style social welfare state.

Today, we will see if the progressive socialists have pulled off a revolution. You had better hope and pray that they fail.

V. Thomas Mawhinney   3/22/2010


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