Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties

Useful Definitions

Posted on May 31, 2016

By David Burress

“Social engineering:” public policies incentivizing human behavior with the goal of improving the general welfare.  (We’ve recently seen Kansas Speaker of the house speak out against this kind of thing.)
“Law and order:” public policies incentivizing human behavior with the goal of getting demagogues reelected.
“Marketing:” public action incentivizing human behavior with the goal of maximizing monopoly profits.*

*Contrary to lay understanding, marketing always seeks to enhance a monopoly advantage–a monopoly of location or brand-name or mere public awareness.

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