The Scarlet Letter - R
Thomas Carlyle called economics "the dismal science." So true. In 1790 Thomas Burke wrote: "....the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever." The world is awash with a tsunami of numbers, all being manipulated and fiddled with to try and convince us everything is just fine when it isn't. Meanwhile, economics is nothing more or less than the struggle to keep your head above water.