Did the notion that "Greed is Good" die out with the 1980s? In this thoughtful meditation, the first in the PEN Voices Lecture Series, writer Christopher Kremmer considers greed from all angles: social, historical, economic and cultural.
Christopher Kremmer is the author of four
books, numerous short stories and a
substantial body of journalism. Like few
writers over the past decade, he has explored
Asia's tumultuous journey from tradition
His early short stories won several awards,
including the Patricia Rappolt Prize for young
writers in the prestigious Canberra Times
National Short Story Competition for 'The
Birthday Party'. Other short fiction, including
'Two Hundred Years from Home' and
'Footnotes to the Affair', was published in
Australian Short Stories.
After completing a Bachelor's degree in
Professional Writing at the University of
Canberra, Christopher worked in broadcast
and print media in Australia. During a period
spent in London he wrote comedy sketches
for the long-running Canal Cafe Theatre
company, and some of his work was
performed at the Edinburgh Arts Festival.
His work during a decade spent as a foreign
correspondent in Asiaâ€”first for the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation, and later for The
Sydney Morning Heraldâ€”earned him an
international profile as an intelligent and
sensitive observer of the region.
Today, Christopher is a research scholar with
the Writing and Society Group at the
University of Western Sydney, He teaches
literary non-fiction writing at workshops in
Australia and abroad.
Journalist and author Christopher Kremmer explains that while people generally look down on greed, they will tolerate it as long as it benefits their larger interests. He claims this behavior dates back to the earliest human societies, and is one of the main causes of imperialism and exploitation.