Systems of Survival by Jane Jacobs
A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics

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The author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities looks at business fraud and criminal enterprise, overextended government farm subsidies and zealous transit police, to show what happens when the moral systems of commerce collide with those of politics.


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About Jane Jacobs

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Jane Jacobs was the legendary author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a work that has never gone out of print and that has transformed the disciplines of urban planning and city architecture. Her other major works include The Economy of Cities, Systems of Survival, The Nature of Economies and Dark Age Ahead. She died in 2006.
 
Published February 2, 1993 by Random House. 236 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Society's mingling of taking and trading values, Jacobs contends, leads to moral confusion and ``monstrous hybrids''--including the mafia, banking scandals, Nazi death-camps, even government interference in agriculture (because governments confuse agricultural trade with control of territory).

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A sometimes provocative but simplistic discussion of morality in the form of a Platonic dialogue between a Manhattan publisher and his party guests.

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In Systems of Survival, Jane Jacobs describes the ethics of commerce as a moral syndrome equal, antagonistic, and complementary to the ethics of politics, or guardianship.

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