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[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 11. Capitalism]

Full Idea

The history of capitalism is unintelligible without taking science into account. …The human economy has managed to keep on going only thanks to the fact that scientists come up with a new discovery or gadget every few years.

Gist of Idea

The progress of capitalism depends entirely on the new discoveries and gadgets of science


Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens: brief history of humankind [2014], 16 'Growing')

Book Reference

Harari,Yuval Noah: 'Sapiens: a brief history of Humankind' [Vintage 2014], p.352

A Reaction

For example, the desperate but unconvincing attempts to persuade us of the novelty of new models of car. Built-in obsolescence is needed once a design becomes static.