CHAPTER 1

Putting People First

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.

—Henry David Thoreau

I have recently finished writing another book, which examines the role of capitalism and human capital in our economic life. Whilst researching for the project, I was struck by the way in which the capitalist system is based on the notion of ‘price’ while being associated ideologically with freedom. The conclusion I came to during my research was that capitalism really does place a price on freedom and it is a lot higher than you might think. For too many of us, we spend our lives in servitude to others. Whether it is our corporate masters, our creditors, ...

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