Friday, 27 August 2010

Self-interest as a norm: the same thing said different ways

Academic version:

"The fear that deviating from one's material self-interest will provoke dismay, suspicion, or derogation can be as powerful a deterrent as the fear that it will prove futile or render one vulnerable to economic exploitation."

From The Norm of Self-Interest by Dale Miller

Business version:

"If, wherever you look, you see people lining their pockets rapaciously, without any thought for what is right, then if you do the right thing, you are made to feel stupid. Your wife thinks you are stupid, your friends at the golf club think you are stupid."

Roger Bootle

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