The Enemy is Us

Brown, Greg
April 2007
Latin Trade (English);Apr2007, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p38
The author discusses the role of self-interest as the driving force of economics. He says that people, companies, institutions, all make choices that serve their own ends, often in total disregard of how those choices affect others. He emphasizes that one can argue about whether this is moral, immoral or amoral, but self-interest is the motor of the economy.


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