Socio-Economic Reflections

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The Prince — Machiavelli

The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow.” — Niccolo Machiavelli

Level IV

Vickers, Geoffrey, Freedom in a Rocking Boat, Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 1970

Schon, Donald A., Beyond the Stable State, Random House, N.Y., 1971

Level V

Georgescu-Roegen, Nicholas, The Entropy Law and the Economic Process, Harvard UP, 1971

Rappoport, Roy  A., Pigs for Ancestors, Yale U.P., 1967

Machiavelli, The Prince, Penguin Edition, 1970

DHCS Selections

Jacobs, Jane,  Dark Age Ahead, Random House Canada, 2004

Jacobs, Jane, Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics,Vintage, 1994

Level V

The often used pejorative term Machiavellian is something of a  misnomer, as it describes one who deceives and manipulates others for gain, while the thrust of  Machiavelli’s discourse is not whether the gain is personal or is not  but rather that any actions taken are only important insofar as they affect the results.

DHCS Selections

“To seek “causes” of poverty in this way is to enter an intellectual dead end because poverty has no causes. Only prosperity has causes.”
— Jane Jacobs

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