the dark side of behavior at work, objectivism is a young adult fantasy, the mock nice guy movement

Another reason that the private sector is not a good template for running governemnt, The dark side of behavior at work

According to Furnham, there are 70,000 books in the British Library with leadership in the title. But most leaders don’t succeed, they fail, with a base rate of bad leadership collated from various studies of 50 per cent. This is due to incompetence (not having enough of something, or being promoted beyond the job they are good at), or derailment (having too much of a characteristic, such as self-confidence, or creative quirkiness). It’s this later problem that Furnham focused on, identifying three root causes: troubled relationships, a defective or unstable sense of self; and ineffective responses to change.

Furnham highlighted three fundamental issues. Firstly, organisations ‘select in’, for the traits they think will help an employee be a success, rather than ‘selecting out’ for what is going to cause problems. Secondly, it’s assumed that competencies are linearly related to success. And thirdly, employers fail to see the dark side of bright side traits and the bright side of dark side traits. For example, what if a self-confident leader pursues a risky course of action built on overly optimistic assumptions?

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home autumn woods wallpaper

George Saunders understands what Rand fans won’t: Objectivism is more young adult fantasy than political philosophy

To be sure, a strict Objectivist would probably argue that many developing-world nations don’t represent Rand’s vision because they are ruled by corrupt governments. But that’s not really relevant because many of those places are now defined by Authoritarian Capitalism whereby political freedoms are limited, but Randian free-market extremism most certainly is not. Indeed, as some American CEOs will openly admit, if you want to see a more purely Randian version of a socially darwinist free market than exists in America, head straight across the Pacific Ocean to China.

Put all this together, and I’m officially amending my theory. To be a Rand groupie is to flaunt your immaturity, your ignorance, your desperation to justify greed or your lack of international travel. It is, in other words, to admit your blindness to how so much of the world already lives, and to ignore what America would look like if “Fountainhead Shrugged” was seen as a public policy manual rather than what it really is: a dangerous farce.

It is not just China that has jumped on the capitalist economy bandwagon, while abandoning the freedom that was supposedly it’s Siamese twin according to Saint Milton Friedman. Russia runs a cut-throat economy and while the standard of living has increased over the Soviet era economy – it is hard to not improve on the gutter bottom of national economies anyway. The government and culture is run like an authoritarian corporate plantation. Big business can and does do just about anything it wants, with the average worker is just an ant in the Randian free-market colony.

Bent cornered wood box in shallow relief either Tlingit or Haida about 1850

Bent cornered wood box in shallow relief, either Tlingit or Haida, about 1850.

This article deserves some analysis, yet it does such a good job of dismantling the “nice” guy phenomenon on the net and dating sites in particular, that is speaks well enough for itself, MRAs and WTFs: A Context for “Nice Guys of OKCupid”

The Tumblr “Nice Guys of OKCupid” [1]develops a specific variation of the found OKCupid profile. NGOKC doesn’t just expose the strange. Rather, it proposes to chart a demonstrable connection between a kind of rhetoric found in the romantic self-advertising of OKCupid’s profile pages and a pattern of data logged in its semi-hidden underworld of fascinating soft science.

The connection is that male users who go on at length in their profiles about being a “Nice Guy” who is perpetually “Friendzoned” because women prefer “Assholes”—these people often express, through their questionnaire, profoundly hostile and confused notions about female sexual and psychological autonomy.

For example:

The term “friend zone” is traceable to a 1994 episode of Friends in which the hopeless nebbish Ross is referred to as “Mayor of the Friendzone,” for his pattern of being romantically rejected and platonically embraced. The term mostly disappeared from popular culture in the last half of the 1990s, but it’s been revived online in the past 10 or so years.

Look at the recent Internet meme “Women Logic.” Nominally intended to expose the distorted thinking patterns of females everywhere, it has, in its crowdsourced form, been given over hugely to complaints about nice guys, assholes, and friend-zones:

The desire to rearticulate this complaint in as many forms as possible means that it’s bled across Internet genres and communities.

Among Internet “Rage Comics”—miniature narratives in which people complain about daily life using a combination of text and stock characters—there is a whole sub-genre dedicated to the topoi of The Friend Zone:

[  ]…MRA culture grew out of various masculine revivalist movements of the 90s and early 2000s: the right-wing moralism of the Promise Keepers; the revenge-fantasy sociopathy of the “seduction community” cataloged by Neil Strauss in The Game; Nu Metal.

MRAs distinguish themselves from these predecessors through their ability to mock-impersonate and invert the specialized language of the very progressive advocacy groups whom they exist to oppose. These men are “activists,” and they are advocating “rights.”

MRAs adopt a peculiar tone of wounded self-righteousness, one that’s bled into popular culture on certain issues, as is the case with nice guys, assholes, and friend zones—terms MRA message boards have been instrumental in popularizing.

The pictures in the article are priceless. Self evaluation, deep rip the band-aid off evaluation, has always been a challenge for most people, male or female. These men seem clueless, perfect strangers to themselves. The word nice might have some built in ambiguities, but society has a fairly focused idea of what that constitutes and it is not these men. Men that are actually nice might want to move on to decent, amiable or other description.

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