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But this is important regarding redistribution policies because it means that unless altruism can be shown to be the reason any redistriution must have provided enough benefits to the haves as it did to the have-nots. So, in order to make the case the diarist is making you have to assume that altruism is a powerful enough motivator for collective political action.  I'm arguing that although it's been studied pretty deeply, there just isn't very convincing evidence of that, so it's better to bet on multipliers.
by santiago on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 12:29:48 PM EST
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