Hitherto, every form of society has been based on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes. ~ Karl Marx
The history of economics coincides with the story of human sociality, driven by sociological dynamics largely dictated by desires and an abiding unwillingness to share in a familial way. Economics is a fulcrum for activity, and so woven into its gyre has been the rise and fall of civilizations. Economics will ultimately prove the fate of humanity. Life is short and art is long, but since the earliest societies economics has endured in calling the shots, casting an inauspicious pale on human prospects.
Economics is, in essence, the study of poverty. ~ Australian economic historian Ronald Hartwell