Going Medieval

The businessman as master of the universe is a relatively new phenomenon. From Roman times, when senators were restricted from commerce (but still made a lot of money through complicated, secret arrangements with those unfettered from such restrictions) through the middle ages, when trade and banking were sometimes considered an affront to God, those whose business is business were at best looked down upon and at worst demonized. It was only after governments (of all sorts) learned that killing the geese that lay the golden eggs was counterproductive, that economic opportunity and prosperity spread.

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