Economists appear to be doing a lot of soul searching these days, which I think is really encouraging. A few brave ones actually find themselves talking about human nature and values (gasp!). I’m not really all that surprised. Economists really started out as philosophers, which is what Adam Smith was considered to be in his day.
In this video Tim Jackson, who authored Prosperity Without Growth, asks many of the same questions I did about the role of growth as an economic goal in my previous post, but he gets to do it at a TED conference as an credentialed economist. It’s good inspiring stuff, and I hope you’ll watch it.
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