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4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and simple, 3 Oct 2011
A stunning and simple idea is contained in this book: There are two mutually exclusive (and opposite) moral codes at world in the human world and both may be useful in the right situation.
Jane Jacobs is probably the greatest social philosopher of our age, so read her before you read the Oxbridge and Harvard types who benefit from the confusion and tension created by the above statement without ever resolving it. Oh and if you need more reasons to send Alan Greenspan and the Neo-Cons to the dustbin of history there's some ammunition here too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original thinking from Jane Jacobs -again!, 19 Jan 2014
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With her usual objective observational skills, Jacobs delineates the separate ethic systems of Government and Commerce and why when they overlap everything becomes corrupted. Charles D. F. Board
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guardians and Commercials, 11 Mar 2014
This review is from: Systems of Survival (Vintage) (Paperback)
Speaking as guardian who has spent his life as a commercial I found this book very enlightening. It's a brilliant exposition of the tensions between the two systems and the way that they are fated to live together. The book made it clear to me that society needs both guardians and commercials (ie structure and flexibility).
As an interesting aside Jane Jacobs wrote it when she was 76!!
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