1778 FINANCE FROM 3500 BCE TO THE CURRENT DAY: DIVINE OR THE DEVIL?
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Bradley Bordiss, independent scholar
Two approaches have influenced the thinking and practices of finance and monetary systems from 3500 BCE to the current day: the laissez-faire economy described by Friedrich Hayek, and the co-operative society propounded by Karl Polanyi. This five-lecture course considers the disagreements between these two broad intellectual groups. On the one hand there are those who advocate individual accumulation of savings achieved through competition within a deregulated banking system (where inflation rather than deflation is a concern), on the other there are those who view money and finance as mere social conventions which must serve society and the real, productive, economy: agriculture, manufacture and mining. The latter group worries about the fundamental instability of the banking system.
Each lecture in this course will focus on key thinkers within the debate that still rages today.