The cynics: An economy of frugality

Etienne Helmer

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The Greek cynics rejected the economic system of their time, as they believed its institutions were based on values contrary to the happiness and self-sufficiency of the individual. They instead promoted extreme frugality and begging. But to what extent can these practices be considered a genuine economic system given the social cooperation that an economic system involves?


  • cynics
  • economy
  • freedom
  • frugality
  • self-sufficiency