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: The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life – Revised Edition (): Paul Seabright: Books. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Shortlisted for the British Academy Book Prize, The British The Company of Strangers 2nd Revised ed. Edition, Kindle Edition. The Company of Strangers has ratings and 22 reviews. In this book, Paul Seabright (a professor of economics) discusses a wide range of topics including .

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The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life

Politically liberal men at Law. The starting chapters are pretty good but skimmed through the end chapters. In this book, Paul Seabright a professor seabrighh economics discusses a wide range of topics including how we have tamed our violent instincts, how human social emotions evolved, and the rise and sometimes fall of institutions such as money, banks, cities, firms, states, and empires.

Even the simple acts of buying food and clothing depend on an astonishing web of interaction that spans the globe.

Seabright describes the disparate sources of labor required for the shirt he has purchased. Further, it provides perspective on why a powerful country, such as the US, must accept limitations on its potential power when operating with a less powerful nation-state.

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strangefs Why do we trust people we do not know? Though others have neglected the unflattering assessments of the effects of free markets in Smith, they are nonetheless to be found. Livermore Nuclear Lab design nuc. The book is very interesting, however the writer is very far right wing thinker and very capitalist. This book is motivated by a conviction that a key economic feature of our lives is puzzling: What assumptions do we make on a day-to-day basis, sometimes unknowingly, that allow us seabriight function socially?


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Living With the Dragon. Mar 26, James rated it liked it. Why Violence Has Declined.

Living seabrifht a Technological Culture. The Political Economy of Predation. Self-Control or State Control? What is it that makes murderous apes shy, anyway? Labor and Monopoly Capital. A Plague of People. Unfortunately, the book does not provide its readers with a perspicacious argument over its three hundred pages or with a unified vision or theory.

While the book is not badly written, I ultimately found it hard to sustain my interest.

The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life by Paul Seabright

Fortunately he has organized it academically, with chapter and section introductions and summaries – my advice compqny if you feel your mind wandering, feel free to skip to the next summary. Environmental Quality in a Growing Economy. While Seabright does appeal to some scientific studies in support of his conclusions, no conceptual commitment or theme seems to unite these appeals.

Fairly interesting book about how economies develop through humans’ treatment of complete strangers as “honorary friends. See The Hunting Apes: A good primer on intermediate economics. A much better book on a similar theme is Darwinian Politics: Part III charts a series of consequences related only xtrangers virtue of the fact that they are all products of tunnel vision and the division of labor.


Furthermore, some discussions within these chapters appeared to me to be out of place, e. But evolutionary theory is not dispatched by Seabright to explain features of our present economic life. Economics for the Cimpany Century: The Economics of the Economist-fox. We appreciate your feedback. This is a cautionary historical lesson about competition between states for power, and the damages of gaining economic prosperity saebright military strength.

Pretty good book, interesting concepts. Seabright discusses the challenges presented by the rise of multi-national corporations, and compares and contrasts liberalism and socialism as responses to it.

Of the many unintended side effects of collective action, why focus on those enumerated above? Seabright argues convincingly and enjoyably that we aren’t awed enough by the economies that humans have developed. Its broad sweep of history – from pre-agricultural man to the present – and examination of the fundamentals of human interaction leave you with a feeling of “wow, this is deep”.

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