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Long live homo cambiens

As the closest point between France and England, the White Cliffs Country has been a centre of trade for centuries. The lorries loading and unloading from the ferries are the latest incarnation of a long tradition. From the outside, it can just look like stuff moving soullessly, a cog in the capitalist machine. And trade can indeed become no more than that, with customer scanning their own goods at self-service checkouts or ordering goods online. The dangers of this can perhaps be seen in what happens when city traders deal with nothing more than numbers on a screen, with no connection to the people or things behind them. Homo cambiens – exchanging man, tis not the same as homo economicus: a single-minded maximiser of financial gain, and we should not allow him to become so.

The fifth installment of the White Cliffs of Dover blog

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