Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Ask Not If Corrupt, but How Corrupt

 All institutions are corrupt. You can tell because they are staffed by mortals. Corruption is the point. The question is merely in what ways they are corrupt. Sometimes Darwinian selection limits corruption. Usually it doesn't. Very very occasionally, and never consistently, they will try to be corrupt and fail, accidentally achieving virtue.


 It is very easy to make a non-corrupt institution. Demand they prove they haven't been bribed. If they can't, they sit out. Assumption of guilt. Use tamper-evident mechanisms. You can't make corruption impossible or even unprofitable, but you can make hiding it more expensive than finding it, provided only that it occurs to you to try tamper-evidence. Stuff like tournament arenas are unviably expensive to make tamper-evident, so you don't try them at all.  


 Caino hypocriens doesn't do the above things because corruption is the point. The goal of the creators of the institution was to run a scam; if it wasn't, they wouldn't have bothered trying to found it in the first place. The users of the institutions don't demand tamper evidence, because corruption is the point. They imagine they are the con artist, not the mark. If they don't imagine they're the artist, they imagine they will soon become him.

 Consequently, expect a scam. What is the corruption? Can you minimize it or exploit it? If you can't, then secure yourself against the institution. 

 Recall the common phase, "the study is flawed." Bruh, every study is flawed. It would be absolutely gobsmacking to find a study that's worth the paper it's printed on. However, very rarely, the conclusion is accurate anyway, usually because the study was run by a wise genuine-scientists who already knew the right answer.

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