Economics’ Great Misunderstanding

The discipline of economics operates on the assumption that work is a first choice. Work can be an only choice but it is never first choice.

All oxygen breathing entities have evolved by practicing behaviors which optimize their chances of surviving and reproducing. As distasteful as it seems, odds of survival are increased for any individual who can live off the efforts of others. At the same time each species has ways of insuring that each animal has to pull its weight. But, before pulling its own weight each animal does in fact try to live off the efforts of the others.

Predators before hunting will eat already killed carcasses before going after prey. Hyenas are famous as scavengers. They hunt also. Although they don’t have the reputation, lions are scavengers first also. Animals always get their rewards by the method that produces the most with the least amount of effort.

Economic models are built around the assumption that the unemployed are looking for jobs. It is also assumed that when people work for the government, they work as diligently as people who are self employed. Not even 200 years ago, people enslaved one another as a means of living off the efforts of others.

So, what are people looking for? What are their motivations?  A persons motivation is to get the most with the least amount of effort. Ask someone and see what they say. You won’t hear that. Imagine a person asking for a job and saying, “I want to work here so that I can make the most amount of money with the least effort.” With that, it is worth noting two relevant human instincts here. These are to exalt the species and to exalt himself within the species.

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