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Matt Ridley

Journalist, trained in zoology research at Oxford University, writer for The Economist Magazine for eight years, columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and Daily Telegraph since 1993, author of The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation (1996, Viking)

... there was morality before the Church; trade before the state; exchange before money; social contracts before Hobbes; welfare before the rights of man; culture before Babylon; society before Greece; self-interest before Adam Smith; and greed before capitalism. These things have been expressions of human nature since deep in the hunter-gatherer Pleistocene.

1996 - from The Origins of Virtue