Romain Leick interviewed Tomas Sedlacek, Czech economist and noted moral economist discusses morality in the current crisis and why he believes an economic policy that only pursues growth will always lead to debt. He then argues for the idea of a Sabbath economy and holds up Diogenes life in a barrel as an philosophical ideal.
SPIEGEL: You support an existential view of economics, a sort of meta-economics. How does it feel to be a philosopher among bankers?
Sedláček: Like a colorful bird, but not without respect. People listen to me. I appeal to something in the public consciousness. Our time lacks moderation. We have to try to achieve more self-control.
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