The discussion about society and economics and the goals of life are well discussed by Aristotle, Adam Smith and many others. Take for example
There exists ample evidence that democratic industrial society has reached a cultural impasse of institutional practice. The anomie and alienation of the mass society, environmental resource problems, economic instability and injustice, and the general loss of faith in institutions all harbinger the need for a cultural reformation. A considerable part of this cultural transformation will involve the adjustment of the habits of economic thought and practice. It is increasingly evident that modern culture is moving along dangerous developmental path.
This is from J. Ron Stanfield’s Economic thought and social change, 1979.
35 years ago.
We like to think that, though we are in whitewater, we are going someplace, we really are approximately stationary in a whirlpool of turbulence without any direction. If we really caught on to the fact that the vortex is not taking us anywhere, would we do anything differently?