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Rebel Mystic: Toward a Theorization of the Aesthetic and Communicative Dimensions of Reggae and Dub
Unformatted Document Text:  33 objects or human beings have unequal tendencies or behavior. 18 More specifically, unequal skills and knowledge, that are natural or unbiased, would, similar to an extremely large statistical sample made up of a population of independent observation (Law of Large Numbers), would yield results that necessarily regress to the average or the mean. Indeed, it is when normal democracy is achieved that economic, social, and political systems arrive at their optimal (perhaps natural) equilibrium or balance. What this optimal equilibrium would suggest is that the three systems, represented by the competitive market, income and rationality, and power, will maintain their balance or equivalence once normal democracy is achieved; one system may not proceed ahead or lag behind the other. In addition, each system will likely be in its own internal equilibrium; that is, local economic, social, and political equilibrium would exist in each system. Put differently, the relationship between the economic, social, and political systems and the processes within each system would be very stable. Or, to use Fiorina’s and Shepsle’s (1982: 51) description, equilibrium would have a power of ‘attraction and retention’. To them, a good analogy of equilibrium is when a black hole attracts a given mass, say a burning star, and retains it forever. A more common example of an optimal equilibrium is when water in a river flows to a big lake or an ocean; the lake or the ocean 18 Another possible outcome may be that the relative incomes of lower and middle classes could continue to grow over time while the current skewed distribution of income (in favor of the upper class) also continues to exist indefinitely. This scenario would occur mainly if markets fail to become more efficient and competitive over time; this seems, however, unlikely in the long run since past historical and empirical evidences, including the transformation of the two-model and three-modal distributions of income in the least capitalist systems before the latter part of the 19 th century to a one-modal distribution of income in the 20 th century and beyond, suggest that the form of the distribution of income has never been static.

Authors: Tracy, James.
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objects or human beings have unequal tendencies or behavior.
18
More specifically,
unequal skills and knowledge, that are natural or unbiased, would, similar to an extremely
large statistical sample made up of a population of independent observation (Law of
Large Numbers), would yield results that necessarily regress to the average or the mean.
Indeed, it is when normal democracy is achieved that economic, social, and political
systems arrive at their optimal (perhaps natural) equilibrium or balance. What this
optimal equilibrium would suggest is that the three systems, represented by the
competitive market, income and rationality, and power, will maintain their balance or
equivalence once normal democracy is achieved; one system may not proceed ahead or
lag behind the other. In addition, each system will likely be in its own internal
equilibrium; that is, local economic, social, and political equilibrium would exist in each
system. Put differently, the relationship between the economic, social, and political
systems and the processes within each system would be very stable. Or, to use Fiorina’s
and Shepsle’s (1982: 51) description, equilibrium would have a power of ‘attraction and
retention’. To them, a good analogy of equilibrium is when a black hole attracts a given
mass, say a burning star, and retains it forever. A more common example of an optimal
equilibrium is when water in a river flows to a big lake or an ocean; the lake or the ocean
18
Another possible outcome may be that the relative incomes of lower and middle classes could continue to
grow over time while the current skewed distribution of income (in favor of the upper class) also continues
to exist indefinitely. This scenario would occur mainly if markets fail to become more efficient and
competitive over time; this seems, however, unlikely in the long run since past historical and empirical
evidences, including the transformation of the two-model and three-modal distributions of income in the
least capitalist systems before the latter part of the 19
th
century to a one-modal distribution of income in the
20
th
century and beyond, suggest that the form of the distribution of income has never been static.


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