We’re not quite half way through EFE yet, and, as I note in this post, he seems to be getting more impatient to get his point across. As I say, there is no substitute for reading Becker himself.
Ernest Becker 10: In debt to the gods, now and then.
So, the title of chapter 2 of EFE is: Economics as Expiation and Power. I’m going to have some difficulty summarizing Becker’s thought now because as we go along in this book it seems that Becker is feeling a sort of urgency to get his ideas out and on paper. He’s less inclined in this chapter and in subsequent ones to elaborate or beat around the bush. He still uses examples a lot but I tend to leave those out here because they are not necessary to the story; but do they ever help in understanding Becker. More important, almost every sentence is quotable. So, I say again, there is no substitute for reading Becker himself. His two most important works in my mind are Denial of Death and Escape from Evil. His earlier works are fine…
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