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The Rational Optimist

The Rational Optimist

by Matt Ridley

"There was nothing special about the brains of the moderns; it was their trade networks that made the difference – their collective brains"

We owe our progress as a species to the advent of trade which drove all the innovations.

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"And the more they rely on exchange, the more they specialise, which makes exchange still more attractive. Exchange is therefore a thing of explosive possibility, a thing that breeds, explodes, grows, auto-catalyses."

Trading with other humans meant we can focus on a job with incre...

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"This is the extraordinary feature of markets: just as they can turn many individually irrational individuals into a collectively rational outcome, so they can turn many individually selfish motives into a collectively kind result."

It was the nouveau riche merchents that drove and...

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