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August 10, 2017

Adam Curtis - The Trap (2007)

Part 1: F**k You Buddy.

Like radical individualist Ayn Rand and conservative economist Friedrich von Hayek, Nash argued that altruism was irrational and destructive to social harmony. In fact, he proved mathematically that the only rational choice in any encounter is to act selfishly and betray the other person. He and his fellow Rand scientists also proved nuclear disarmament was impossible – their equations showed the Russians would cheat.

Ironically every time Nash tested the secretaries at Rand, women always behaved “irrationally” and trusted each other. In 1959, Nash was committed for paranoid schizophrenia. Yet none of the technocrats at Rand never thought to question the validity of his so-called “proofs.”

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 10, 2017 08:04 AM