It is silly to base economics on game theory with rational actors. Rather, economics is emergent from psychology. Thus,
The economic productivity of a group of people is proportional to the average anxiety of its individuals.
I wanted to name it “Heaviside’s First Law of Economics” because he suggested something like this a couple of times and it took me a while to get around to it. (He’ll have to give an opinion on that and I think probably the law won’t be precise enough and he won’t like it.) He also suggested that everything would end up being fear at the bottom and that turns out to be true- anxiety is just another word for fear that happens to connote a solipsistic mental state rather than a situational reaction.
This law is merely the conclusion, but the big idea is this: an individual’s anxiety is to group activity level as a particle’s kinetic energy is to heat. For instance, in a complex system some particles will be smaller and therefore tend to have more kinetic energy than average at any given time. It’s the same with anxious people.
Combining this with the observation that cold causes anxiety whereas heat causes muscle relaxation, we can begin to see how cold climates don’t just select for anxiety at the population level- they cause it at the individual level. Further, we observe that the process of down-regulating anxiety requires the expenditure of mental energy. This is accomplished primarily by fearing that the problem will repeat, developing an understanding of the problem, and creating general strategies to overcome the problem if it arises. So anxiety causes people to engage in spontaneous problem-solving. It is the inverse of desire, or more to the point anxiety is the fundamental unit and the objects of our desires are merely our attempts to cancel it out.
And now some preaching.
Western Civilization was built on the unmarked mass graves of countless martyrs for the faith. Neoreactionaries take heed: you can’t recreate the glory of this civilization if you can’t inspire devotion to your Machiavellian pseudo-religions that will pass through torture and death. I doubt your chances of re-engineering this success because I doubt you truly understand what fuel drove it.
The Bible is a discomfiting book. That’s why Americans, who worship comfort, can’t be bothered to read it.