Sunday, July 20, 2008

Free-riders and sociopaths

Brother Rubbish points me to a post at Counago and Spaves - worth a look. There's good stuff in the links on co-operation and free-riders, with references to the work of Mancur Olsen, and an interesting question: Is a free-rider a sociopath?

Sociopaths are "....incapable of cooperation with others beyond short-term exploitation.."

Ring any bells?

Brother Rubbish also posted this a few days ago on a tangential theme.


John said...

Thanks for the link, Paulie. I'm slowly trying to draw together an idea of capitalism as institutionalized sociopathy: capitalist as parasite remaking society in his image, as it were.

I might get there one day. ;-)

Paulie said...


You're at an open door here. Keep pushing...

dirigible said...

Homo economicus is a sociopath.