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Is greed good? | Brian Eno, Izabella Kaminska, Guy Standing, Mark Littlewood

Brian Eno, Izabella Kaminska, Guy Standing, and Mark Littlewood debate the value of greed.

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150 years ago life was short and luxuries scarce. Fast forward to today and life is long and affluent. So why are we still unfulfilled? Is it human nature to be dissatisfied with our lot in life? Do we need discontent to drive us to succeed? To innovate? Or is our dissatisfaction a form of greed encouraged by a relentlessly material culture that is not good for our own well being or the planet

#capitalism #libertarianism #greed

Brian Eno is a musician, record producer, visual artist, and theorist best known for his pioneering work in ambient music and contributions to rock, pop, and electronica

Izabella Kaminska is a journalist and editor of the Financial Times’ Alphaville blog.

Guy Standing is a professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network.

Mark Littlewood is the director general of the libertarian, free market think-tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs. He has formerly been the chief press spokesman for the Liberal Democrats and the Pro-Euro Conservative Party and was an advisor to Conservative Party Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Izabella Kaminska
Izabella Kaminska joined FT Alphaville in October 2008, which was, perhaps, the best time in the world to become a financial blogger. (Added bonus: there was a free breakfast trolly.) Before that she worked as a producer at CNBC, a natural gas reporter at Platts and an associate editor of BP’s internal magazine. She has also worked as a reporter on English language business papers in Poland and Azerbaijan and was a Reuters graduate trainee in 2004. Everything she knows about economics stems from a childhood fascination with ancient economies, specifically the agrarian land reforms of the early Roman republic and the coinage and price stability reforms of late Roman emperors. Her favourite emperor is one Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletian. She studied Ancient History at UCL, and has a masters in Journalism from what was then the London College of Printing. And yes, she is also a second-generation West London Pole (who likes mushroom picking, bigos and pierogi).
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