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With intelligence and clarity of observation, the author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities addresses the moral values that underpin working life.
In Systems of Survival, Jane Jacobs identifies two distinct moral syndromesone governing commerce, the other, politicsand explores what happens when these two syndromes collide. She looks at business fraud and criminal enterprise, governments overextended subsidies to agriculture, and transit police who abuse the system the are supposed to enforce, and asks us to consider instances in which snobbery is a virtue and industry a vice. In this work of profound insight and elegance, Jacobs gives us a new way of seeing all our public transactions and encourages us towards the best use of our natural inclinations.