Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Maximos, The Theory of the Leisure Class: Application and Illustration

Thorsten Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class (GB, Gutenberg)

What is Veblen's paradigm, which explains his use of the term "barbarian" describing societies "in which a dominant class expropriates some portion of the production of society, rules over the productive segment of the population, and legitimates its status by elaborating myths according to which this idle exploitation is somehow finer and more noble than actually doing stuff"? How would he apply this name to the classical world?

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