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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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.