the best books on capitalism and human nature | robert shiller on five books
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  • bill - 1 week ago
    I haven’t had many good chances to think deeply about economic theory in ages and I’m too lazy to read these books, so I figured this would be a worthy read. Overall, it’s just okay (I gave it a 6) and here are my favorite quotes:

    >> You have to understand people first before you can understand how to devise an economic system for them.

    >> How to make a society work when people are completely, unremittingly selfish?

    >> The criticism is that capitalist society is so good at reducing our passions to passions about business, that we become a kind of vulgar, low-brow society – it doesn’t serve the spiritual interests of people.

    >> But it involves politicians being sensible, rather than just trying to get re-elected.