Book Review: The Battle For The Soul Of Capitalism

Edge Induced Cohesion

The Battle For The Soul Of Capitalism, by John C. Bogle

Those readers who are not aware of the generally corrupt behaviors of many financiers and business executives [1] may think that this title is a bit overly dramatic.  Those whose hostility to these abuses often involves a fashionable hostility to capitalism may wonder why it would be worthwhile to fight for the soul of capitalism, on the other hand.  In general, though, I happen to agree with the perspective and approach of the author, whose fondness for classic literature and biblical quotes and support of virtue is combined with a sharp critique of contemporary business practice that is contrary to both biblical and classical conceptions of virtue.  This book is a deeply serious one, full of close argumentation as well as immense historical sweep and a large degree of statistical support, as Bogle is making an argument that aims…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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