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Stein, Herbert

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1916-1999) US economist and author, whose conservative-liberal views on markets and governments seem far more centrist than they did in the twentieth century; he is known for an aphorism, "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop," which became something of a mantra for those opposed to governmental "interference" with neoliberal aspirations. He wrote one Near Future sf novel, On the Brink (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1977) with Benjamin Stein, whom see for details. [JC]

Herbert Stein

born Detroit, Michigan: 17 August 1916

died Washington, District of Columbia: 8 September 1999

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