Two centuries ago, James C. Scottis, an American anthropologist, wrote a book about "moral economy" based on his research of Asian "peasants." Moral economy has existed since the first nomads settled down and started farming. It means: Two farmers own fields near each other; one has a good year, one a bad. The one with surplus helps the other because he knows next year it might be him who needs help. (For more, check out "Lean On Me," by Bill Withers.) Now, economists are looking at "moral economy" as a possible solution even for our complicated societies of today.

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