The Stench Around Economics

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:44
Pieter van der Heyden (1525-1569)


On December 1, 2017, the Financial Times' columnist Gillian Tett wrote a fascinating story in the paper's magazine. The essay is called 'Finance and Culture: lessons from the Cannibal Club'. It begins in 1863 at a London club, where a group of men decided to find out what makes humans tick. The men of the Cannibal Club were repugnant. But Tett is making a larger point - she wants financiers to get to know anthropologists, so that the latter could teach the former that greed is not the solitary emotion in the human palate. 'It would be nice if modern securities holders were to mix more with