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Greed and How Money Makes Us More Greedy


Andrew Carnegie, Wealth (North American Review, Jun 1889)


Nicholas Kristof, Would You Let This Girl Drown? (NY Times, Jul 8, 2009)


Maia Szalavitz, The Rich Are Different: More Money, Less Empathy (Time, Nov 24, 2010)


Mako Nagasawa, Motivated by Grief (blog, Dec 27, 2010)


Kevin Roose, A Raucous Hazing at a Wall St. Fraternity (NY Times, Jan 20, 2012)


Daisy Grewal, How Wealth Reduces Compassion (Scientific American, Apr 10, 2012)


Lisa Miller, How Money Makes People Act Less Human (NY Magazine, Jul 2012)


Ken Stern, Why the Rich Don't Give to Charity (The Atlantic, Apr 2013)


Bernice Lott, Cognitive and Behavioral Distancing from the Poor (American Psychologist, Feb 2002)


Tim Harford, Charity is Selfish: The Economic Case Against Philanthropy (Slate, Oct 14, 2006)


Kathleen D. Vohs, Nicole L. Mead, Miranda R. Goode, The Psychological Consequences of Money (Science, Nov 17, 2006)


Nicholas Kristof, Save the Darfur Puppy (NY Times, May 10, 2007)


Kimberly Winston, Studies Say Atheists, Believers Both Do Good, But for Different Reasons (Religion News Service, May 29, 2012)


David Briggs, The Flesh is Weak: Churchgoers Give Far Less Than They Think (Huffington Post, Sep 1, 2012)  


Christian Smith and Michael Emerson, Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money (2008)


Matthew Paris, As an Atheist, I Truly Believe Africa Needs God (UK Times, Dec 27, 2008)


Tales from the Hood, Dear Students - 2. Sacrifice (blog entry)


Tales from the Hood, Dear Students - 1. Motivation (blog entry)


Jason Todd, The Socially Acceptable Sin (gluttony) (Relevant Magazine, Apr 24, 2013)


Rachel Held Evans, Everyone's a Biblical Literalist Until You Bring Up Gluttony (blog, June 2013)


PBS News Hour, Exploring the Psychology of Wealth, 'Pernicious' Effects of Economic Inequality (PBS, Jun 21, 2013)


Paul K. Piff, The Science of Greed (TedxTalk, Nov 7, 2013)


Robert Reich, When Charity Begins at Home (Particularly the Homes of the Wealthy) (Huffington Post, Dec 14, 2013)


Jena McGregor, Beware, Study Says, Money is Addictive (Washington Post, Jan 20, 2014)


Sam Polk, For Love of Money (NY Times, Jan 18, 2014), a former Wall Street trader confesses to drug-like self-deception and withdrawal symptoms from money


Suniya S. Luthar, The Problem With Rich Kids (Psychology Today, Jan 1, 2014)


Joshua Green, Tom Perkins, Obamacare, and the Paranoid Rage of the One Percent (Bloomberg Businessweek, Jan 27, 2014)


Nick Summers, Billionaires' Wealth Is Skyrocketing. Their Philanthropy Is Not (Bloomberg, Feb 14, 2014)


Kevin Roose, Revealed: The Full Membership List of Wall Streetís Secret Society (NY Magazine, Feb 18, 2014)


Kevin Roose, One-Percent Jokes and Plutocrats in Drag: What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society (NY Magazine, Feb 18, 2014)


John Paul Rollert, Greed Is Good: A 300-Year History of a Dangerous Idea (The Atlantic, Apr 7, 2014)


Human Nature, Would You Notice Your Mother if She Were Homeless? (Digg video)


A.A. Gill, Perfection Anxiety (Vanity Fair, May 2014) on how having lots of money leads to stress


Alice Philipson, British-educated investor resigns after daughter,10, hands him list of milestones he's missed (The Telegraph, Sep 24, 2014)


Drake Baer, Harvard Psychologist Explains Why We're All Terrible At Buying Things (Business Insider, Oct 21, 2014)


Sophie McAdam, This Is Why Rich People Donít Care About You (True Activist, Dec 31, 2014)


Wednesday Martin, Poor Little Rich Women (NY Times, May 16, 2015) on wife bonuses for glam stay-at-home-moms in NYC


Rob Kunzia, Rich Californians Balk at Limits: "We're Not All Equal When It Comes to Water" (Washington Post, Jun 13, 2015)


Lila MacLellan, Science Confirms Rich People Don't Really Notice You - Or Your Problems (Quartz, Oct 23, 2016)


Benjamin L. Corey, If Rich Americans Werenít So Greedy, We Wouldnít Need Obamacare (Patheos, Jan 13, 2017)


Drake Baer, Rich People Literally See the World Differently (NY Magazine, Feb 14, 2017)


Eli Cook, How Money Became the Measure of Everything (The Atlantic, Oct 19, 2017)


Tanza Loudenback, According to One Estimate, Wealthy Couples in NYC Need $190 Million to Keep Their Heads Above Water (Business Insider, Nov 17, 2017)