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J.W. Coleman. Crime and Money.

Does money cause crime? Throughout history, the quest for money has certainly been associated with avarice and the thirst for power. Hernando Cortez, the conquistador who destroyed the Aztec empire, explained his political adventurism by stating that «we Spaniards suffer from an affliction of the soul which can only be cured by gold» (quoted in Stavrianos, 1981, p. 53). Agricultural societies built around a complex network of traditional obligations and restraints are especially likely to se...

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