Vaclav Havel on Economists

Vaclav Havel wrote this about economists in the foreword of Economics of Good and Evil : The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street
by Tomas Sedlacek.

I wonder what such an economist-accountant would do if given the task to optimize the work of a symphony orchestra. Most likely he would eliminate all the pauses from Beethoven concerts. After all, they’re good for nothing. They just hold things up, and orchestra members cannot be paid for not playing.

I have just just started the book after the Kindle version became available this week.

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