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Liferaft Seats, Only $100 Each!

April 8, 2012

What if this this policy were employed on a sinking ship?  Would we consider it callous on the part of the life-raft owners to charge for a passage to safety, and to deny admission to those who couldn’t pay?  If you were able to pay and board, or if you were one of the opportunistic life-raft owners, and there were empty seats but no money to pay for them, would you feel any qualms about leaving people behind?

Do the answers scale?  Does it make any difference if there are only two people on the ship?  Or if there are seven billion*?

“Kleptocracy starts when you begin to lock up the food.” — Jared Diamond (paraphrased)

*I know, I’m dating myself.

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