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The Victory of Reason

"Calvinism is evidently connected with the commercial vocation," writes Luigi Barzini in The Europeans. "It is not clear to an Italian [like the author], however, whether Calvinists, driven by their stern religious code, become the best merchants, or whether merchants become Calvinists because Calvinism is a superior guide for the successful conduct of business." It turns out that Barzini's is an avoidable conundrum. Like the great Italian scribe, I've long been influenced by the concept of the … [Read more...]


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