Joyce Appleby


On her book The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism

Cover Interview of January 05, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Why capitalism is a cultural, not just an economic system.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“There is also imbedded in economic theory a notion of human beings as constantly striving to maximize their benefits in economic transactions.  This stripped down view of human nature makes universally applicable what is actually conditional and contingent.”

On the second:

“Capitalism may be a relentless revolution, but it is not a mindless one.”