S7 E4: Invisible Hand Guy?

July 10, 2024

Economic change happens in a cultural context. We trace the tectonic shifts in the Western mind that made capitalism thinkable – in part through a look at two Enlightenment thinkers: Baruch Spinoza and Adam Smith. (The realSmith, not the one often held up as the patron saint of unfettered capitalism.)

By John Biewen, with co-host Ellen McGirt. Interviews with Kate Rigby, Glory Liu, Steven Nadler, and Wendy Carlin. 

Story editor: Loretta Williams. Music by Michelle Osis, Lilli Haydn, Alex Symcox, and Goodnight, Lucas. Music consulting by Joe Augustine of Narrative Music. Art by Gergo Varga and Harper Biewen. 

On a related theme, a 2022 essay by John Biewen in Orion Magazine, The Age of Dominion.

“Capitalism” is a production of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, in partnership with Imperative 21. 

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