Financial systems: memes out of control...

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (Niall Ferguson)

A very readable introduction to the "dismal science" of economics. The book is full of fascinating anecdotes explaining how innovations in the use of money influenced social or political history.
It ends with an explicit and extended analogy between the "ascent of money" and evolutionary processes which leaves open the question of whether money is a meme out of control or a deadly virus....

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