Incentivizing whistleblowers by appealing to greed is counterproductive! "US to pay big sums for Wall St tip-offs"


Tom Usher wrote or added | "People who provide original information that leads to a successful SEC enforcement action will now be entitled to 10 per cent to 30 per cent of any sanction collected over $1m."

So the SEC will settle for $999,999 in a case to avoid paying out 10%+ of 1,000,001. Anyway, this is all pretty ugly stuff. For someone to get 10% of a billion dollar settlement or award is a terrible incentive. People may even facilitate or set up stings or entrapment rings within corporations to get such rewards.

Selfishness is the worst incentive. It is the wrong spirit!

Chris 'Pyrate' McCabe


Tom Usher

Thanks Khmais Bouguerra for liking this post/link.

Hey, Chris, thanks for letting me know you shared the link.

Over on Chris's Wall, Diarmuid Breatnach left the following comment about the post:

Diarmuid Breatnach

You mean it might actually work? Can't have that!

It prompted me to reply:

Tom Usher


It's more of the same racket. Someone needs to blow the final whistle on finance capitalism. The whole thing is a scam, a giant Ponzi scheme. Interest to the banksters is a black hole sucking the labor out of the captives. The SEC shouldn't exist because finance capitalism shouldn't exist. Let's stay focused. Let's not be distracted by the usurers' shell games duping the masses.

Greed is not the answer to the problem of greed. Getting rid of greed is the solution. Everything else is a hypnotic spell.

Lesser of evils is tricky business. Let's make sure we include ultimate truths, not confine ourselves to half-truths at best.

Diarmuid Breatnach

Don't worry, Tom, I know where I want to go and what I want to save and the latter does not include finance capital. But it tickled me that they were proposing using greed to reward whistle-blowers on greedy capitalists, then proposed dropping the scheme because too many capitalists would get exposed.

I hit the "like" link on Diarmuid's comment.


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