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Retired physician and air taxi operator, science writer and part time assistant professor, these editorials cover a wide range of topics. Mostly non political, mostly true, I write more from experience than from research and more from science than convention. Subjects cover medicine, Alaska aviation, economics, technology and an occasional book review. The Floatplane book is out there. I am currently working on Hippocrates a History of Medicine and Globalism. Enjoy!

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Sunday, June 02, 2019

Difference Between the Politician, the Lawyer and the Billionaire

A politician learned from a very young age that he or she was cute and could always get by on his or her personality. He or she could lie, blame the other guy, get first in line, make up answers in school and get away with it. The politician, as he or she got older, stayed in school rather than working, learned to debate, create a false perception and live on other people’s money, to in-fact,  live off their own personality. The politician never actually works for a living. Truth for the politician lives in the charisma to persuade others to follow even in the dumbest direction and believe what ever the politician wants or what ever the politician believes.

The. Lawyer, on the other hand, as a child was circumspect, good grades, worked hard, and with a reputation, could bend the rules. He or she made excellent grades, could always grasp and articulate the subtleties of complex questions. He or she excelled at debate and like the politician stayed in school rather than going to work. The lawyer too learned how to live off of other people’s money. As an attorney, no matter how many clients or how few, the lawyer bills one or the other of them for every minute of the day, even when sitting on the John or driving off for coffee. For the attorney, truth amounts to what ever best serves his or her client. Truth is existential.

For the billionaire, on the other hand, truth is marginal return. As a child, he or she, grasped the art of doing what served him or her best. The child entrepreneur conned an allowance from parents just for making the bed. Soon a Kool Aid  stand, and then in school there was always a money making project. Selling magazines, took too much time, better to conn buddies into selling them instead. He or she probably had the answers to the test in advance, selling them on the side. The billionaire negotiated publication of the year-book or negotiated the deal for the class ring taking a cut. While in business school, he or she published an outrageous humor magazine, which went national or a software program that went viral. Truth was an opportunity no one else thought of. The billionaire with an ego that’s off the chart, is willing to accept complete failure, to go where no one else has gone and look for the greatest hidden value discounted by others. Truth is the marginal return among many alternatives that would serve him or her most profitably.

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