Christian Michel is an excellent speaker, and he gave a very clear overview of the development of economic thinking over the last century. Very helpful, and I enjoyed it. His voice is clear - and I envied his command of English. However.
I did feel that the sub-text was that most of us are homo economicus. My own view is that we are driven by all kinds of things, and that economic advantage is only one of them,. and not the most important one for many people, even though people may think and say it is. Our emotional life, our own very personal history, our aspirations (which may be of many non-economic kinds), our comfort zones, all these are crucial in our decision making. We have a morality, and a sense of connection with others, which in my view often outweigh economic considerations.
Some people are homo economicus. I know a few, and they are often effective business people - or economists!
I enjoyed the evening; it made me think. Isn't that what it's about?
1 · October 2
I notice you have registered for the talk. Welcome. In the end I’m afraid you won’t receive an answer to your question. Not unless you define what ‘neo-liberalism’ is. Like other such ‘isms’ (think socialism, fascism, liberalism itself…), neo-liberalism is a moving target. It has morphed from a school of thought strongly opposed to laissez-faire capitalism into post-war German ‘ordo-liberalism’ and a quest for a ‘third way’, US conservatism, and it designates today anything we don’t like about the world. The narrative of these shifts in meaning will take us to a discussion of money, its nature and purpose, the ethics of banking, and trying to understand what economic life is about – a heroic programme :)
0 · September 23