The Historic Tension Between Profit and Public

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Portrait of Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), engraving by F Zuliani from a drawing by Antonio Viviani, from Notizie su la commedia italiana avanti Carlo Goldoni, Part 2, 1828, by Luigi Carrer.

 

Elizabeth D. Samet, author and the editor of Leadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers  (W. W. Norton & Company, 2015), discusses her recent article in The Atlantic, “Business Leaders and the Mixed Feelings They Inspire,” which looks at the history of skepticism about those who are financially successful, going back to the Roman empire.