The Political Economy of Civilization

  • Greg Davidson
  • Paul Davidson


Newtonian physics postulates that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Similarly, it is a conservative argument that every economic benefit must exact a cost somewhere else. They view everything in the world as a trade-off, or as the current slang goes: TANSTAAFL (‘there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch’).


Civilized Society Political Economy Civic Virtue Internal Good External Incentive 
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© Greg Davidson and Paul Davidson 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Greg Davidson
    • 1
  • Paul Davidson
    • 2
  1. 1.National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationUSA
  2. 2.University of TennesseeUSA

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