NRB’s managing editor David Swindle recently finished The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism by Howard Bloom. He had this to say about it:
Genius of the Beast is an extraordinary defense of capitalism and the West. It combines science, history, literature, economics, current events, popular culture, and memoir to look at the big picture of how life is evolving on the planet. Bloom argues that capitalism is natural and that the boom and bust cycle of economics serves an evolutionary function for our development as a species. Want to make the world and the human race better? Support capitalism.
It’s also very accessible the way it’s written in conversational prose and short, focused chapters. I really could not put it down.
Ultimately I found the book a tremendously optimistic, motivating, exciting read that I look forward to tackling again.
Right now I’m reading Bloom’s first book, The Lucifer Principle, which argues the conservative view of human nature from an evolutionary perspective. Bloom makes the case that evil is built into us at a genetic level and it’s up to us to channel these tendencies into more constructive avenues.