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The Role of Money in Social Life: Morality and Power in the World of the Poor

by Ariel Wilkis* “Perhaps behind the coin is God.” — Jorge Luis Borges, The Zahir (1949)  My book The Moral Power of Money: Morality and Economy in the Life of the Poor (Stanford University Press, 2017) offers a new focus for … Continue reading

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What is Money?

“Money is not a “mere voucher for unspecified utilities”, which could be altered at will without any fundamental effect on the character of the price system as a struggle of man against man. “Money” is, rather, primarily a weapon in … Continue reading

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In Cryptography We Trust — Money as a Secularized Theodicy

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“What ‪Money‬ Wants: An ‪Economy‬ of Desire” is a groundbreaking book that will change the way you think about money

What in everyday life is an obvious truth, namely, that in some sense or another, people want money— is basically unthinkable in economic terms. Herein lies the starting point for the main argument of this book. If desire for money … Continue reading

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