It's envy, not greed, that's the true economic driver [Podcast]
"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.
-- Alexandra Le Tellier
Photo: Michael Douglas played corporate villain Gordon Gekko in 1987's "Wall Street." Credit: Andy Schwartz