Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
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Rich People Bad

"The 'upper class,' as defined by the study, were more likely to break the law while driving, take candy from children, lie in negotiation, cheat to increase their odds of winning a prize and endorse unethical behavior at work, researchers reported today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Taken together, the experiments suggest at least some wealthier people 'perceive greed as positive and beneficial,' probably as a result of education, personal independence and the resources they have to deal with potentially negative consequences, the authors wrote."

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stuffisthings (#1,352)

“You can change that by reminding upper-class people of the needs of others. That may not be their default, but have them do it is sufficient to increase their patterns of altruistic behavior.”

I've got an idea: what if the government could somehow *quantify* the "needs of others" and then slap rich people with a large bill for their share each year? Like in April, maybe? It's so crazy it just might work!

@stuffisthings Are you smoking dord?

flossy (#1,402)

@stuffisthings That's not freedumb!

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

Plus, all the stuff.

jfruh (#713)

"Smithers had foiled my earlier attempt to take candy from a baby; but with him out of the way, I was free to wallow in my own crapulence."

Why no "the rich are different" tag?

Louis Fyne (#2,066)

The worst kind of link-baiting, uninformative garbage pseudo-science.

Average people primed to act "wealthy" act meaner? Clever people are more likely to cheat at games? People with more expensive/faster cars drive faster and are in a bigger hurry?

Enlightening.

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