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He became famous among the general public in Britain when he introduced the Act that established the dates of Bank Holidays. In the academic sphere, he helped establish archaeology as a scientific discipline, coining the terms Paleolithic and Neolithic and contributing to the preservation of the Avebury site, as well as publishing books and articles on topics as diverse as wild flowers, the behavior of insects, the intelligence of animals, and the origin of human civilization. He was also influential in nineteenth-century debates concerning evolutionary theory, having made friends with Charles Darwin at a young age.
Sir John Lubbock accomplished much in his life, using his abilities not just to serve his own interests and to advance knowledge but also to improve the the lives of ordinary people and to preserve ancient monuments that link us to our past.
However, particularly when featuring a planned economy, attempts to put socialist economics into practice have failed. Critics of socialist economics argue that human beings are beings of free will and their success in any endeavor comes from their free pursuit of desires and the fulfillment of their individual potentials. No centralized system run by a distant government, even if well-meaning, can take into account the diversity of needs and contributions of all people. Socialist economics, despite aiming to care for all people and provide fair distribution of wealth, lacks sufficient understanding of human nature to establish a society that can succeed in doing so.