Herding

I read something today about a discussion between Chris Snowden and the CEO of the ‘Nudge Unit’. It would take too long to identify the site at this time of night.

It appears that the Nudge Unit employs some 150 people. If the average salary is £50,000, then the basic cost of the Unit is about £7,500,000. But that is before any costs which might be provoked by the work that 150 people do. Who know what those additional costs might be?

Irrespective of costs, the question arises as to the limits of ‘nudging’. I had to renew my road tax recently, and somehow I clicked on ‘organ donation’. I do not remember how I did it, but I did. I got a letter, by post, thanking me. Why anyone should want the organs of a 79 year old person defies my imagination. I can only think that it is a matter of statistics. “A MILLION PEOPLE HAVE AGREED TO DONATE THEIR ORGANS!!!” Success.

It is interesting to note that the letter did not say how I could revoke my permission. Thus, it is clear that ‘nudging’ only works one way. It is ALWAYS puritanical. It is ALWAYS anti-pleasure. It ALWAYS directs citizens to be fearful. It ALWAYS has nothing positive about it. Does it reduce NHS costs? Of course not! People who live too long are a massive cost the the NHS.

It is sad to have to state the facts so bluntly, but it is true. Where is the ‘research’ about the cost of very old people to the NHS? Who would fund such research? National Statistics are OK, but they are only part of the evidence available. They do not account for the cost of district nurses and ambulances, etc. Only an in depth investigation in multiple locations would reveal the facts. Who will fund such research?

We are into a very serious and dangerous area. Should the deaths of very old people be postponed at great expense?

I have frequently said that all that TobCON actually does is advocate postponement of death. ‘Years of life lost’ is precisely that equation. But why does the postponement of the death of a pensioner decrease production?

Economists are in turmoil. But I see no evidence that statistician are in turmoil. Perhaps they are keeping the heads down to protect their jobs.

When the Gov ‘approves’ something like TobCON, truth goes out of the window.

The ‘Nudge Unit’ has no other purpose than to use propaganda to gradually conform. Anyone who does not conform will be persecuted. It is trying to herd us all.

 

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8 Responses to “Herding”

  1. Smoking Lamp Says:

    Nudging is not benign as some suggest. It is essentially the first stage of persecution.

    • junican Says:

      I have seen it said that, if insufficient ‘volunteers’ are forthcoming, then compulsion is inevitable.

  2. Timothy Goodacre Says:

    Yes it is. We don’t want nudging do we !

  3. Rose Says:

    Another of Cameron’s “trendy” ideas, the Behavioural Insights Team created in 2010..

    2015
    “If you’ve recently renewed your car tax, chances are you were nudged. As you finished, a “thank you” page asked if you’d like to join the Organ Donor Register. It’s the most basic form of nudge. You were simply asked, and could click “join” if you felt like it. This prompt, placed on gov.uk in early 2013, has led to hundreds of thousands more people joining the register each year.”
    http://www.wired.co.uk/article/david-cameron-behavioural-insights-team

    • junican Says:

      Actually, I only clicked ‘OK’ to see what would happen if a 79 year old volunteered. Do they know that I am a smoker and drinker? Would they DARE to impose my lungs, heart, etc, on an accident victim? Of course not!

  4. michaeljmcfadden Says:

    You summed it up here perfectly Junican:

    “When the Gov ‘approves’ something like TobCON, truth goes out of the window.

    The ‘Nudge Unit’ has no other purpose than to use propaganda to gradually conform. Anyone who does not conform will be persecuted. It is trying to herd us all.”

    – MJM

    • junican Says:

      See my reply to Rose above. I expected a polite refusal to accept me. The failure to refuse me speaks volumes. And yet, I don’t actually mind them asking.
      But it is not a big step from volunteering to donate, to hospitals having a surgical team ready to dismember your body the moment that a doctor says that you are dead.

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