Getting Right with Thorstein Veblen
Carleton's Economics and American Studies departments welcome Dr. Richard R. John, History Professor, Columbia University
John will give an illustrated presentation on the enduring significance of one of America's most trenchant social critics. Best known today for his caustic analysis of consumerism (he coined the term "conspicuous consumption"), Thorstein Veblen (Carleton, 1880) was much admired by his early twentieth-century contemporaries as a visionary economist who combined a soaring faith in human creativity with a savage indictment of the wastefulness of big business. What made Veblen's ideas so compelling? How might they speak to us today.
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