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As some politicians call for older folks to be sacrificed for the good of the economy (I can’t believe I even have to write that, it feels so Nazi-like), it is worth revisiting this piece from a few years back.

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Supposed you had an organization that made a product that was extremely valuable to society as a whole. Now suppose there was a problem with this product. The problem was during the manufacture of this product, one individual had to carry out a task, that over the space of six months was lethal to that person. In other words, one-person in the manufacturing process was going to die every six months in order for this organization to keep producing this very valuable product, this would occur even if they did the job just once. No matter what research was carried out, this manufacturing problem could not be fixed, and the price for this organization’s success was one death every six months. Should that organization continue to manufacture that product? What if the organization was ten people? In other words, every six months, in order for that organization of ten to…

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Written by Jeffrey M. Saltzman

March 25, 2020 at 8:20 pm

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