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Edward  Boyle

So a functioning middle class is necessary for the maintenance of a stable economic and social order.

I read a bit of a Roman history recently and in early Rome everyone was at a similar level, belief in the Gods, hard work, a society of hardworking peasants, merchants, etc. with common goals for the common good. That turned later into an empire with corruption, decadence and poverty. Life was cheap. The Gods were the emperors. Excess wealth due to resource drawdown is a societal illness. Moderate consumption according to current needs with longterm resource constraints of future generations in view is the view of a "religious" individual and community of an early stage of a civlization (e.g.Puritans/early Romans).

I never heard of economists in Rome. But somebody must have thought up management concepts to keep stuff working although it wasn't. Economists are B.S. artists needed when a society has become so complicated that nobody can understand how it works anymore. The economists are paid by the rich to justify their behaviour. A pseudoscience created by a society whose religion has become science (more inaccessible high priests with mumbo jumbo talk) having killed the "God of common sense" (to whom Everyman had access) long ago.

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