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Eight Core Values

Work or Whine

Ant and Grasshopper

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Dear Lowman,

Values motivate Human Action and Values influence the structure and dynamics of personal interaction in a society.

Harold Lasswell analyzed human motivations in order to manipulate the masses and to facilitate the rule of elite intellectual class. Lasswell, like the socialists, favored the collective over the individual. His analysis, limited as it is to the mundane and quotidian, is useful to understanding why we do what we do. Random, uncalculated spontaneity nor mysteries of romance are not a Lasswellian Values.

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Laswell's Eight Core Values

Eight Core Values. This list is meant to be used as an analytic tool to guide an analysis of Human Action. A list of the seven deadly sins is also a useful guide.

This is an excerpt from Google Books. Scroll down to third page to get list.

FYI Harold Lasswell was a leading American Political Scientist and these ideas were introduced to me by then Law Professor Peter Liacouras who went onto become Dean of Temple University. Peter was and is a liberal and a person to whom I owe great appreciation for the gift that a teacher gives a pupil, intellectual understanding. Despite the provenance of these ideas, I have found them very useful as, frequently, Marxist analysis, one-dimensional as it is, is.

Work or Whine

Individual Initiative or Government Employee's Passivity. Some people find difficulty in opportunity; others find opportunity in difficulty. Government Employees on an Escalator.

Values and Beliefs drive the economy as they do other human action - the Ant and the Grasshopper have very different values and beliefs about the future - and one's values and beliefs will determine whether the spender or the saver and investor are honored and your belief in the traditional value of individual self-determination, Free Will, determines whether you work or whine, exercise initiative or remain passive and dependent.

*Spoiler* For those government employees watching who don't get it they could just walk up the escalator.

Ant and the Grasshopper

The Ant and the Grasshopper have different values and there are different results. Disney animated version of Aesop's Fable has a happier ending, the grasshopper is saved by the generosity of the ants.

Counterpoint: listen to answer around minute four, interesting.

Note: I am not making the point that he ascribes to the sender of the modernized version. My point is that values and beliefs have consequences.

What proponents of government intervention do not explain is why he thinks people in government are less greedy, arrogant, lazy, and more competent. People are people and we have our flaws. The actions of free people are driven by the values of those people.

Values of the participants drive the free market and a free political system of self-government. This is a theme I have been increasingly thinking about it. If the participants value The Rule of Law, they will act differently than people who think "might makes right", the Russian Model, (see Stalin's Archives). Note this is a subscription service.

If one thinks that power tends to corrupt and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely, then one thinks Limited Government is essential.

If one thinks honesty is the best policy, even when it costs him or her financial benefit, then one acts differently than a person who thinks it is permissible to say anything to convince another to part with his or her money. Mr. Ponzi and Mr. Madoff come to mind.

If one thinks "a promise made is a promise kept", one acts differently than if one thinks that a contract is the beginning of the negotiation.

Values, Beliefs and Ideas of the Human Actors in Real Life have Real World Consequences.

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