Carrot Or Stick? Honey or Vinegar?
In motivating people, the extremes are often called the carrot or stick appoach. With the stick, one whips the donkey with a stick to make it move. With the carrot, one dangles the carrot on the stick in front of the donkey's nose so he keeps moving in an effort to get the carrot.
Public policy making can be compared to the carrot/stick approach. In carrot theory, politicians pass laws to help people with incentives to do the right thing (or to let them do the wrong thing). In stick theory, politicians pass some laws to threaten people with a stick if they don't do the right thing.
Unfortunately for the increasing problems facing humanity, the carrot option is no long an option because there are no carrots. Monetarism has put every public agency (government, pensions and authorities) in debt so there is no more money.
The carrots of politics have been tax supports which are now increasingly worthless as deficit spending (borrowing carrots instead of growing carrots) has made carrots not only harder to find but worth less and less (inflation). Said another way, the Dollar is Dead . Thus, public policy-makers are faced with two non-carrot choices.
Because we don't have any carrots left to motivate people, the only option is the stick. Important questions must be framed within the context of who deserves to be motivated and how to wield the stick. If not done through a democratic process polling the people, the stick with not be motivational but civil war. The masses will not tolerate forever the misuse of public problem-solving power by the self-interested habitual politicians.
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