Is Homo Economicus Dead?

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In Martin Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street the narcissistic, egotistical and money hungry investment banker Jordan Belford memorably summed up his attitude to life:

“Let me tell you something. There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a poor man, and I’ve been a rich man. And I choose rich every fucking time.”

Xom 1aBelford is terrifying not simply because of his ruthless demeanour and unscrupulous greediness.

He scares us because this persona was celebrated, nurtured and encouraged by a…

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