New Everyman Post: The March of Dimes

Latest post is up on The Everyman, talking about voting and individualism:

It is a self-evident truth that all dimes are created equal. That is to say, the equal value of all dimes is inherent in the definition of a dime: a ten-cent piece. If a dime is worth more or less than that, it is because it is no longer functioning as a dime, but as an antique or a piece of junk metal.

Since all dimes are created equal, two dimes are always worth more than one dime. This remains true whatever value we assign to the dime. Even if we were to say that each dime is of infinite value (assuming that it is conceptually possible to have multiple objects of equally infinite value), that would still leave us with two ‘infinites’ against one ‘infinite’. Since there can be nothing to choose between infinity and infinity, practically speaking the value of each would simply be ‘X.’ And 2X is always greater than X.

As long as we posit that all dimes are equal, two dimes will always, by definition, be worth more than one dime, three will be worth more than two, and so on.

Now let us imagine an auction in which a large group of people are all bidding for one of a set of goods, but where each person has only one dime to bid with. They all have their own different interests, but whatever they buy, they all have to use.

Obviously, no one person could ever outbid another, since they bring equal value to the table. The only way anyone can possibly buy anything is if two or more bidders pool their resources.

Read the rest here for the conclusions.

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