Friday, June 10, 2005

Political Distance

Political Distance

After getting a question that made me think a little, I have added three comments to the post on Binary Decomposition of Political Distance.

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At Sunday, June 12, 2005 6:43:00 PM, Blogger mal said...

the great contradiction of trust? Those worthy of trust never put themselves in a position of requiring it. As such, they seldom seek public office, or want it. The rest are rapscallions of varying degrees

At Tuesday, June 14, 2005 3:27:00 PM, Blogger jj mollo said...

Oh no, I don't agree at all. Lots of people are honest and also want to be helpful. Public Service! It's just that their frequency declines as they move up the ladder of influence. It's a natural selection thing. If breaking trust at a critical juncture allows you to move up the ladder one step, then we can assume that each layer will have a higher proportion of rapscallions than the previous. With enough layers you can assume that the population beyound a certain layer is completely represented by various degrees of rapscallion.

We can call this the "rapscallion filter".

At Tuesday, June 14, 2005 3:33:00 PM, Blogger jj mollo said...

Being a maven is different than having influence. I was just suggesting a mechanism whereby you could give people access to the appropriate maven. A true maven is, by nature, dedicated to a narrow field of inquiry, and usually incorruptible.

I use the term as Malcolm Gladwell defines it in his book "Tipping Point".


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