The Divine Market “Free-market cultural revolution” - by Dany R. Dufour[Reading report] by Gaëtan Irrmann


The author was part of the "Alternative Management" third year program in HEC Paris in 2007/2008.

The idea of a ‘divine market' is rooted in Jansenist and Calvinist theologies and is symbolized by Adam Smith's « invisible hand ». It states that the satisfaction of self-interest is necessary in order to achieve general interest. By dint of turning human weaknesses into public virtue, economic liberalism has become inevitable. In this philosophical essay, Dany-Robert Dufour lists the consequences of such paradigm, from the most obvious to the most confined. In ten chapters, each one corresponding to a new commandment of ultra-liberalism, he studies the impact of liberalism on every aspect of our society: the relationship between individuals, education, politics and economics, Law, art, etc… Dufour intends to show that a cultural revolution is on its way.

Quote article  Gaëtan Irrmann, « The Divine Market “Free-market cultural revolution” - by Dany R. Dufour », 28 october 2008, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Reading report]

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