Thorstein Veblen

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Thorstein Veblen, Social critic, economist (1857-1929). "From 1892 to 1906, he taught political economy at the University of Chicago, gaining a reputation as a brilliant, eccentric thinker and innovative teacher. His first and most famous book, The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899), also established him as an important social critic. In this and subsequent works, Veblen fiercely assailed the influence of laissez-faire economics and big business in shaping modern society and culture." [1]


  • John G. Wright, "Thorstein Veblen, Sociologist," The New International, 2, January 1936. (Marxist)
  • Arthur Davis, "Thorstein Veblen Reconsidered," Monthly Review.

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  1. Thorstein Veblen,, accessed October 2, 2011.