September 24, 2022

Equity and Power

Financial Inequity or Power Inequity? Power can create a program of financial equity, but only with a power hierarchy and the use of force. The greater the financial equity, the greater the need for concentrated power and enforcement. Which inequity do you prefer?

Clan discipline is enforced by direct personal relationships. Once a clan grows beyond a small amount (some say that it is a maximum of fifty people), the social cohesion maintained by direct relationships starts to break down and is replaced by hierarchical power structures. These power structures arise in all human societies. 

A utopia requires enforcement. A utopian vision of equal outcomes must overcome the nature of man, all his animal hard wiring, and the hierarchical process of nature itself. This requires a lot of attention and energy, because no matter what the vision promotes, it still needs to account for humans as they are. If it promotes equality of outcome, it also requires a tremendous amount of power. Without power to enforce the vision, equality shifts back to a normal distribution of wealth. Once the power is established to mandate equality of outcome, then you have established inequality of power. Some have it, some don’t.

Capitalism isn’t a competition for wealth or money. Capitalism is a competition to deliver value on the terms of the recipients. Now, given the human condition of longing for love and trying to fill that hole in their hearts with anything but, often money and the chase for money is substituted.

Which condition would you rather live under? Would you prefer to live within a range of economic disparity, or would you prefer to live under a power disparity?

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Rich Friesen


Author, veteran broker and floor trader, Rich went from the "worst trainee trader ever", to building one of the most consistently profitable options trading firms on the Pacific Exchange by training his traders using neuroscience. Rich also holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, a B.A. in Philosophy, and is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute in San Francisco along with Master’s training in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

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