Monday, 23 November 2009

The Darwinian roots of free-market capitalism

LINK to Observer article, How much money is enough? by the economist, Robert Skidelsky
Keynes . . . underestimated our appetite for wealth, . . [and] the insatiable hunt for more money.
This is because then, as now, academics are prevented - by their dependency on the state and status quo - from taking a Darwinian view of human nature and the social, political and economic power structures it has given rise to.

Because doing so would fundamentally question their role and legitimacy, revealing how they facilitate society's self-exploitation, to the advantage of its powerful and privileged elites (to which academics and many of us, to a greater or lesser extent, now belong), as an artificial environment, where, misplaced, perverted, reduced largely to the pursuit and exercise of POWER, in its mulitfarious forms (e.g. money, property, the moral high ground, social and professional status, etc.) and, of course, rationalized from view by our super prime-ape brain, we subconsciously continue our primordial struggle for survival and (reproductive) "success".

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