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# 5 – blurb for Kleiman’s book says: “There are always more offenses than there is punishment capacity. But, it is possible--and essential--to create focused zero tolerance, by clearly specifying the rules and then delivering the promised sanctions every time the rules are broken†¦ substituting swiftness and certainty of punishment for randomized severity, concentrating enforcement resources rather than dispersing them, communicating specific threats of punishment to specific offenders†

These principles should expand far beyond street crime, drugs, and guns. Similar smart tactics can be devised throughout the application of law to economy and law to bureaucracy, especially where basic rule of law is the priority. The trick is to specify a manageable number of core parametric rules and penalties (e.g. relating to property rights violations, fraud, and corruption) and predictably enforce them quickly, decisively, and consistently with limited discretion. The bright-line rules-first approach in development economics aims for this.

In my earlier years, I assumed sweets
of one kind or another were a normal part of
the day. There had been an earlier phase,
however, when I puritanically rejected them as
self-indulgent. Now, in my early seventies,
I think of consequences: elevated blood sugar,
though I am not diabetic; their thinning out
the skin, which can make shaving an unpleasant
experience; their nudging one's weight upwards.
I have substituted fruit for sugary treats,
which because of the fiber in them causes the
fructose to dissolve slowly in the blood.
The idea of thinking of candy as a door-stopper
or something else had not occurred to me.
Really dark chocolate, eaten sparingly, can
do one's heart good, rather like red wine.
It is fatal to think of Osacar Wilde's dictum
that the only way to resist temptation is to
yield to it.

When I want to resist a sweet (not often these days), I visualize a diabetic ulcer. Works every time.

I don't need to motivate myself to eat healthy food often (I think it tastes pretty great), but when I do I just visualize beautiful, healthy & fit people. This also works.

George Friedman is also down on China, though for different reasons. You can search on Google Video for his talks on The Next 100 Years. He thinks they're heading back into a cycle of decentralization, and that they'll either crack up or spend all their internal energy holding the country together - making them a non-entity for the 21st Century.

"...to motivate myself to eat healthy food ...I just visualize beautiful, healthy & fit people"

Just don't eat their liver. Too much Vitamin A will kill you!

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