7 de novembro de 2011

A tese é inabitual, mas o seu contributo explicativo para o sarilho em que estamos mergulhados, não é despiciendo.

A leitura de todo o artigo é obrigatória. O curioso é ter visto, ontem ou anteontem, na TV (em que canal não me recordo), um documentário sobre psicopatia que cruza com aquilo que aqui é dito. Abaixo, alguns trechos mais sumarentos:

The 1% are the very best destroyers of wealth the world has ever seen | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire. The claims that the ultra-rich 1% make for themselves – that they are possessed of unique intelligence or creativity or drive – are examples of the self-attribution fallacy. This means crediting yourself with outcomes for which you weren't responsible. [....]
The findings of the psychologist Daniel Kahneman, winner of a Nobel economics prize, are devastating to the beliefs that financial high-fliers entertain about themselves. He discovered that their apparent success is a cognitive illusion. [....]
[....] "The illusion of skill … is deeply ingrained in their culture." [....]
In a study published by the journal Psychology, Crime and Law, Belinda Board and Katarina Fritzon tested 39 senior managers and chief executives from leading British businesses. They compared the results to the same tests on patients at Broadmoor special hospital, where people who have been convicted of serious crimes are incarcerated. On certain indicators of psychopathy, the bosses's scores either matched or exceeded those of the patients. In fact, on these criteria, they beat even the subset of patients who had been diagnosed with psychopathic personality disorders. [....]

[....] In their book Snakes in Suits, Paul Babiak and Robert Hare point out that as the old corporate bureaucracies have been replaced by flexible, ever-changing structures, and as team players are deemed less valuable than competitive risk-takers, psychopathic traits are more likely to be selected and rewarded. [....]
This is not to suggest that all executives are psychopaths. It is to suggest that the economy has been rewarding the wrong skills. As the bosses have shaken off the trade unions and captured both regulators and tax authorities, the distinction between the productive and rentier upper classes has broken down. Chief executives now behave like dukes, extracting from their financial estates sums out of all proportion to the work they do or the value they generate, sums that sometimes exhaust the businesses they parasitise. [....]
[....] The wealth creators of neoliberal mythology are some of the most effective wealth destroyers the world has ever seen. [....]

A fully referenced version of this article can be found at www.monbiot.com/

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