|“In Greed Is Dead, a brief but dense polemic, Collier and Kay contend that this individualist ethos is “no longer intellectually tenable”.|
The authors are democratic in their criticism: they are as scathing about the moral superiority of know-it-all academics or public sector workers (distinguished only by their better pensions) as they are about social media influencers, financially clueless Occupy protesters, or the modern day equivalents of Charles Dickens’s Mrs Jellyby — forever petitioning for the natives of Borrioboola-Gha, while doing nothing to address the social problems on their doorstep.”
Delphine Strauss in the Financial Times
“If you think this is going to be a sub-Corbynista, anticapitalist rant, think again.
Their analysis of the problem, which is a mini economics lesson, is clear, punchy and largely convincing. A market fundamentalism based around “Economic Man, an unappealing mammal,” gives rise to conditions “under which a society of sociopaths would be able to function”.
Christina Patterson in The Sunday Times