[ExI] The Catholic Impact (was Re: Origin of ethics and morals)T

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Tue Jan 3 11:44:36 UTC 2012

2012/1/3 Tom Nowell <nebathenemi at yahoo.co.uk>

> Actually, Holland and England had much weaker craft guilds politically,
> meaning they were free to adapt working practices as new technologies
> arose, whereas German and Italian guilds, with their strong restrictions on
> who could do what work and who was allowed to subcontract slowed progress a
> lot.

The history of late middle-age guilds is however fascinating.

In fact, the idealised guild described by Richard A. Posner, if I am not
mistaken in Overcoming the Law, is pretty persuasive, and they invented
much before modern capitalism all the tricks that an antitrust authority
would object to, and then some.

Stefano Vaj
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