Biblical Economics 3: Machiavellians Drift Away from Richard Steele

Richard Steele’s The Religious Tradesman was the greatest book on Biblical economics ever written. Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince, Bernard Mandeville’s The Fable of the Bees, and Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, all helped London’s tradesmen to drift away from Steele and adopt a more secular and self-interested approach to business. This happened progressively in the 18th century as the rationalism and unbelief of the Age of Enlightenment replaced the Biblical faith of Puritanism.

25:00 – The punk ethos is primarily made up of beliefs such as non-conformity, anti-authoritarianism, anti-corporatism, a do-it-yourself ethic, anti-consumerist, anti-corporate greed, direct action and not “selling out.”  –Wikipedia

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