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Book review: Capitalism: Money, Morals and Markets by John Plender

By Vicky Pryce   September 2015

Capitalism: Money, Morals and Markets by John Plender (Biteback, £20)51DeFXByfdL How do we make money-making respectable again? With difficulty, it would seem, given recent experience: the financial crisis; the Libor scandal; the extraordinary salaries that are once again making top bank employees billionaires.

John Plender’s splendid book takes us through the mistrust of profit and money lending through the ages—from the ancient Greeks to Karl Marx and beyond. For now at least capitalism, though imperfect, is recognised as better than any other system. Thriving businesses power growth which then reduces poverty and allows progress.…

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