Blame engineering

On institutions for siphoning blame

April 27, 2020 — June 30, 2022

incentive mechanisms
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Notes on the engineering of blame as a thing in itselvee. Who do we decide is culpable for what? What is a structural problem, and what is a personal problem?

Is it worth blaming people for things instead of institutions, because u powerful institutions are build stick it to enemies?

Decalring people responsible for things seems to be very important in the maintenance of institutions that can execute on our moral wetware.

1 Incoming

  • Hot Money: porn, power and profit

  • The Copenhagen Interpretation of Ethics:

    The Copenhagen Interpretation of Ethics says that when you observe or interact with a problem in any way, you can be blamed for it. At the very least, you are to blame for not doing more. Even if you don’t make the problem worse, even if you make it slightly better, the ethical burden of the problem falls on you as soon as you observe it. In particular, if you interact with a problem and benefit from it, you are a complete monster.

Connection to messenger shooting.

2 References

Bartling, Björn, and Urs Fischbacher. 2012. Shifting the Blame: On Delegation and Responsibility.” The Review of Economic Studies 79 (1): 67–87.
Friedman, Marilyn. 2013. How to Blame People Responsibly.” The Journal of Value Inquiry 47 (3): 271–84.
Hood, Christopher. 2010. The Blame Game: Spin, Bureaucracy, and Self-Preservation in Government.” In The Blame Game. Princeton University Press.
Skærbæk, Peter, and Mark Christensen. 2015. Auditing and the Purification of Blame.” Contemporary Accounting Research 32 (3): 1263–84.
Williams, Garrath. 2003. Blame and Responsibility.” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 6 (4): 427–45.