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Government Spending

How much does the government spend per person?

The entire US Federal Budget alone is $4.4 trillion and the US population is 328,316,410. Dividing the US budget by the US population produces $13,401 in federal spending per American. $1.87 trillion in state spending produces $5,695 per person in state government spending. $1.99 trillion in local spending produces $6,061 per person in local government spending. Total […]

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Government Spending

How much does the average American pay in Taxes?

The average American pays $10,489 in “personal taxes,” representing 14% of the average household’s total income. This $10,489 includes: federal income taxes state income taxes personal property taxes vehicle taxes other small taxes However, the entire US Federal Budget alone is $4.4 trillion and the US population is 328,316,410.

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Debt Financial Crisis

US Financial Crisis: Who Killed the Economy?

The cause of the US financial crisis is simple. It’s debt. This is a very simple and graphical evidence-based explanation of what caused the collapse.

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Government Spending Terrorism

Anti-Terrorism Spending 50,000 Times More Than on Any Other Cause of Death

The US spends more than $500 million per victim on anti-terrorism efforts. However, cancer research spending is only $10,000 per victim. Evolutionary psychology may offer an explanation for this irrational threat amplification.

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Terrorism War

Iran US Foreign Relations: A History of Violence

Many Americans consider Iran to be a psychopathically violent nation that would be willing to commit suicide in order to kill as many Americans as possible. The statistics behind historical Iranian US relations do not support this view.

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Corporate Welfare Federal Reserve Financial Sector GDP

Financial Sector Costs Us More than Any Other Sector In Economy

The financial sector receives more of the average paycheck than any other sector of the economy.  Its share of the economy totals $2 trillion dollars. In 1985, the financial sector earned less than 16% of domestic corporate profits.  Today, it’s over 40%. In the 1960s, finance and insurance accounted for only 4% of GDP, whereas in 2007 […]

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Government Spending

There’s a 0.00001% Chance that Your Vote Will Matter

There’s less than a 0.00001% chance that your vote will be the tiebreaker that decides the outcome of a national elections.You are more likely to be injured in a car accident driving to the polls (0.002% chance). Hence, if you are trying to make a practical improvement in your life and those of your loved ones, it is much more rational to just stay home on election day.

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Utilitarianism

How Much Direct Suffering Is Caused by Various Animal Foods?

This is a rigorous analysis from the brilliant utilitarian mind of Brian Tomasik originally published at http://www.utilitarian-essays.com in 2005. I made this graph in 2007 to try to illustrate his point visually. Abstract. Consuming equal weights of different animal products may produce vastly different expected amounts of direct suffering. Farmed seafood may cause the most, followed by poultry products. […]

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Empiricism

Why Think by Numbers?

A world without disease, starvation, violence, and suffering is the ultimate destination of humanity. Getting there will require voters to base their decisions on statistical cost-benefit analyses instead of irrational emotions. The power of numbers can make utopia a reality.

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Government Spending Military

Governments Spend $1.8 Trillion Murdering Us and Destroying Our Property Annually

World governments are spending $1.8 TRILLION each year finding ways to murder us and destroy our property.

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Government Spending

NEWS FLASH: US Government Wastes $1.5 Trillion on Devastating Drug War

Dear President Obama, I know you’re very busy, so I’m very sorry to bother you with this. However, I think what I have to say too important for you to ignore.  I appreciate that you are trying to make the world a better place. I respect you as a person. Against all adversity you have achieved some very amazing […]

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Economics

Keynsian Creationism and Intelligently Design Economies

The mythology of effective Keynesian centralized economic planning is born of the same mother as the mythology of creationist intelligent design. Both of these fantasies arise as a result of the human mind’s inability to deal with complex systems.

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Economics

GDP and You!

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the value of all final goods and services produced within a country. The reason GDP matters is that it is directly correlated to a reduction in human suffering. Economic growth is the primary differentiating factor between a life lived in the US and a life lived in North Korea. Economic growth is the […]

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Politics

A Utilitarian Party Platform

Jonathan Baron proposes this Utilitarian Party platform: Utilitarians try to help people achieve their rational goals. We focus on the issues where policies can make a big difference. We count all people. We are internationalists. We are concerned with what is best for the world, not just the U.S., or our race or people with the […]

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Economics

Wealth Inequality in America

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.

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Monkey Business

Drink by Numbers!

In response to recent allegations that Anheuser-Busch has been watering down its beer to boost profits, my lab used gas chromatography with flame ion detection to determine if this was indeed the case. Our analyses suggest with greater than 99% certainty that Budweiser is, and shall remain, the king of beers. Beer lovers around the world can […]

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Government Spending Military

$2.3 Trillion Missing from Pentagon

On Sept. 10, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld declared war. Not on foreign terrorists, “the adversary’s closer to home. It’s the Pentagon bureaucracy,” he said. He said money wasted by the military poses a serious threat. “In fact, it could be said it’s a matter of life and death,” he said. Rumsfeld promised change but […]

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Government Spending

Every World Statistic You Could Ever Dream Of (In Real Time)!

A multitude of constantly updated world statistics that puts the current state of human existence—on this lonely blue orb—in tidy perspective!

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Tools

The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential was the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity perceives itself to be confronted. It aims to clarify the challenges such problems represent to concepts, values and development strategies. The Encyclopedia encourages the discovery of a new conceptual dynamic for […]

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Tools

ALGONOMY: A FRAMEWORK FOR DEALING WITH SUFFERING

From algosphere.org: ALGONOMY : A FRAMEWORK FOR DEALING WITH SUFFERING All major spheres of human activity deal in one way or another with suffering: politics, religion, healthcare, social affairs, economics, law, art, literature, philosophy, ethics, the news media, environmental studies, education, science, history, war, crime, work, sport, interpersonal relationships, personal life, etc. Suffering is implicated in […]

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Empiricism Tools Utilitarianism

Felicific Calculus

The felicific calculus is an algorithm for calculating the degree or amount of pleasure that a specific action is likely to cause.  The algorithm is also known as the utility calculus, the hedonistic calculus and the hedonic calculus. Variables, or vectors, of the pleasures and pains included in this calculation, which Bentham called “elements” or “dimensions“, were: Intensity: How strong is the pleasure? Duration: How long […]

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Solutions

The Hedonistic Imperative

One of the most cost effective solutions that will be evaluated by the Crowdsourcing Utopia system is David Pearce’s Hedonistic Imperative. ability to control the motivational and reward systems in the brain. The Hedonistic Imperative outlines how genetic engineering and nanotechnology will abolish suffering in all sentient life.         The abolitionist project is hugely ambitious but […]

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Obstacles

How to Overcome Bias in Crowdsoucing Participants

Here are some problems that Sebastian Nickel brought up with regard to using collective intelligence for decision making: A QUICK INTRO TO RATIONAL IGNORANCE AND RATIONAL IRRATIONALITY 1. This stuff pertains to public choice theory, which is defined by Wikipedia as: ” the use of modern economic tools to study problems that traditionally are in […]

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Books

The Wisdom of Crowds

The Wisdom of Crowds is about the aggregation of information in groups, resulting in decisions that are often better than could have been made by any single member of the group. The opening anecdote relates Francis Galton‘s surprise that the crowd at a county fair accurately guessed the weight of an ox when their individual guesses were averaged (the […]

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Government Spending

From the Bankers Who Brought You President Obama Comes NEW PRESIDENT™!

Governor Romney™ has been scientifically proven to increase spending faster than the President Obama™! Obama has only increased government spending a disappointing 5.5% annually over his term.