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Asymmetries in Life and Things

Nassin Nicholas Taleb, 2018, Skin in the Game, Penguin Books: 47

NO SKIN IN THE GAME SKIN IN THE GAME SKIN IN THE GAME OF OTHERS. OR SOUL IN THE GAME
(Keeps upside, trensfers downside to others,owns a hidden option atsomeone else's expense) (Keeps his own downside, takes his or herown risk) (Takes the downside onbehalf of others, or foruniversal values)
Bureaucrats, policy wonks Citizens Saints, knights, warriors, soldiers
Consultants, sophists Merchants, businessmen Prophets, philosophers (in the pre-modern sense)
Large corporations with access to the state Artisans Artists, some artisans
Corporate executives (with suit) Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurs/Innovators
Scientists who play the system, theoreticians, data miners, observational studies Laboratory and field experimenters Maverick scientists who take risks with conjecture at distance from common beliefs
Centralized government Government of city-states Municipal government
Copy editors Writers, (some) editors Real writers
Journalists who "analyze" and predict Speculators Journalists who take risks and expose frauds (powerful regimes, corporations), rebels
Politicians Activists Dissidents, revolutionaries
Bankers Hedge fund traders (They would not engage in vulgar commerce)
Seeks awards, prices, honors, ceremonies, medals, tea with the Queen of England, membership in academies, handshake with Obama Highest - even only - award is death for one's ideas or positions: Socrates, Jesus, Saint Catherine, Hypatia, Joan of Arc