Blasted post titling convention, more trouble than its worth. Anyhow, thought struck me just before bed, want to type it out.

Thompson, moral economy, doesn’t need to stay w/ only bread riots and peasants.

There was a moral economy in the early 20th century around injury lawsuits. Injured workers and the people on juries had one set of ideas, judges another, and employers another. The courtroom served as a point of mediation between workers and the state, and through the state with the economy. Complaints over juries and their awards were an objection to this moral economy, and the reforms involved in workers comp stripped that moral economy of the lawmaking (and through law, properly economic) power/potential it had had under the common law. Think more on this; make a reading list on the moral economy stuff.