Research Paper

Bourgeois Virtues: the Aristocrat, the Ascetic, the Peasant, and the Bourgeoisie

European electorates are squeezed between austerity  they  don’t  like  and  stimulus  they can’t afford. Economic growth would provide the  easy  way  out.  But  how  can  growth  be achieved if economic activities are restricted and success is not appreciated? The  Bourgeoisie  founded  the  modern  world and made it grow out of pre-capitalist poverty. As bourgeois virtues, such as prudence in  the  daily  business  of  life  and courage in investing were dignified, entrepreneurs were granted  freedom  to  innovate. However,  the bourgeois  virtues,  values  and  freedom  have always  been  resisted  and  despised  by  powerful  counterforces. The question  of  growth or stagnation can be described as a struggle between political mentalities: the bourgeois against  the  aristocrat,  ascetic  and  peasant mentalities.

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May 2012

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