Friday, December 31, 2010

Rules & incentives strangle society

Barry Schwartz, Swarthmore College psychology and economics professor, tells us how rules and incentives undermine society and make us feel like we’ve got to shower the grime of immorality off our skins at the end of every day. “Rules and incentives are no substitute for wisdom,” he says in a TED talk. At another point, he notes: “We need virtue, we need character, we need people who want to do the right thing.”

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