Hubris and the End of Bretton Woods leading to New Balkanization? – 07/27/11

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

For Your Entertainment (FYE)

EthologistFrank Salterwrites:

“Relatively homogeneous societies invest more in public goods, indicating a higher level of public altruism. For example, the degree of ethnic homogeneity correlates with the government’s share of gross domestic product as well as the average wealth of citizens. Case studies of the United States…find that multi-ethnic societies are less charitable and less able to cooperate to develop public infrastructure….. A recent multi-city study of municipal spending on public goods in the United States found that ethnically or racially diverse cities spend a smaller portion of their budgets and less per capita on public services than do the more homogenous cities.

“In the mid 1990s, Salter began applying behavioral biology to other social and political phenomena that involve interpersonal relationships and manipulative strategies, including interpersonal attractiveness, crowds and riots, indoctrination, begging, Edward Westermarck’s naturalistic ethics, training suicide terrorists, the connection between class mobility and reproductive strategies, and ethnic solidarity. These diversity studies resulted in three books: Risky Transactions (2002) on the interpersonal bonds and trust that facilitate high-risk enterprises; On Genetic Interests on the implications of ethnic kinship for political theory; and Welfare, Ethnicity, & Altruism (2004) on the impact of ethnic similarity on public altruism. Salter’s most recent (unpublished) research connects the themes of hierarchy and ethnicity by developing a method for comparing ethnic group power.”

Emotions in Command represents one of Salter’s most fundamental non-diversity research books, which is of use for people in business, economics and politics. It has as its premise “a quest for a general theory of organizations valid in all cultures.” The book is described as “… a quest for a general theory of organizations valid in all cultures. Central to Frank Salter’s investigation is the question of social power: why people obey their superiors. His approach is to locate the nature of organizational power in the behavioral details of hierarchical interactions in the institutional settings in which they occur. Salter begins by noting the extensive research that points to hierarchy as being a necessary component of organization and proceeds to an analysis rendered in universals of primary emotions and behaviors of dominance and affiliation. ”

Big Hugs and Kisses to All! ;+)


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