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It's envy, not greed, that's the true economic driver [Podcast]

GG "Gordon Gekko had it all wrong," writes Gregory Rodriguez in today's op-ed column. "It's not greed that's good. It's envy." We think F. Scott Fitzgerald would agree. But, Rodriguez continues: "It's not just petty social comparisons; it also pushes us to try harder, do better, match the accomplishments or wealth of someone else we admire. In our society, envy is at least in part a driver of economic aspiration and activity." Rodriguez joined NPR's "Talk of the Nation" to discuss with Neal Conan. Here's the podcast.

 

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-- Alexandra Le Tellier

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Photo: Michael Douglas played corporate villain Gordon Gekko in 1987's "Wall Street." Credit: Andy Schwartz

 

 

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