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Chris Dillow — Capitalism’s bad incentives

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Martin Wolf writes that successful leftism “must recognise the crucial role of incentives in shaping human behaviour.” This is correct. I’m not sure, though, that it is a big argument against Corbynism. This is because actually-existing capitalism itself contains many dysfunctional incentives – ones that constrain innovation and encourage rent-seeking - and Corbynism offer the hope of reducing some of these. I would say that there is a tendency in capitalism (economic liberalism) toward incentives that base rather than noble, and the result is an increasing dysfunctional society where the culture does not correct for this tendency, e.g., morally and ethically, or at least institutionally and legally. Then it becomes a race to the bottom toward degeneracy. Stumbling and

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 Martin Wolf writes that successful leftism “must recognise the crucial role of incentives in shaping human behaviour.” This is correct. I’m not sure, though, that it is a big argument against Corbynism. This is because actually-existing capitalism itself contains many dysfunctional incentives – ones that constrain innovation and encourage rent-seeking - and Corbynism offer the hope of reducing some of these.
I would say that there is a tendency in capitalism (economic liberalism) toward incentives that base rather than noble, and the result is an increasing dysfunctional society where the culture does not correct for this tendency, e.g., morally and ethically, or at least institutionally and legally. Then it becomes a race to the bottom toward degeneracy.

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Capitalism's bad incentives
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Mike Norman is an economist and veteran trader whose career has spanned over 30 years on Wall Street. He is a former member and trader on the CME, NYMEX, COMEX and NYFE and he managed money for one of the largest hedge funds and ran a prop trading desk for Credit Suisse.

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