On Open Source Dan Ariely on the Irrationality of American inequality My bold, interesting idea, move people away from the politics of soundbites and ask them detailed question about how they think the state should be? How united Septics are on inequality is heartening and its rather touching that their ideal state is one more egalitarian than any that exists. Ariely suggests a Sim like game where people can see the consequences of their policy choices, e.g. what it means economically and politically to have a population that is 60% functionally illiterate? Politicians just want sit up and beg voters that respond to key worded sound bites like a dumb bunch of Golden Retrievers rather than a population of careful and informed deliberators. I doubt many of our leaders actually have thought through such an experiment themselves and tested their preferred dogma against their rational preferences. Worth a listen.