Category Archives: Economics

Against Sustainability

Few buzz-words are as popular today as sustainability, i.e. the idea that we should alter our social and economic activities in such a way that we can keep doing what we are doing indefinitely. This of course stands in marked … Continue reading

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On Materialism

Capitalism is frequently accused of making people materialistic, of focusing their attention away from spiritual and idealistic matters and towards the pursuit of material wealth. It cannot be denied that modern Westerners spend an awful lot of time and effort … Continue reading

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Civilization Is a Plastic Spoon

Have you ever gone on a picnic and taken along disposable plastic cutlery, even though you have perfectly good re-usable cutlery at home? Think about that for a minute. You have someone drill into the bowels of the Earth for … Continue reading

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Against “Equal Pay for Equal Work”

(An earlier version of this article appeared on A Voice for Men.) One of the most persistent talking points of feminists and politicians alike is the gender pay gap. You constantly hear things like, “Women only make 80 cents on … Continue reading

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In Defence of Vengeance

Few human motivations are more derided in the modern Western world than revenge. We are inundated with fictional examples of vengefulness gone horribly wrong. Amid all these precautionary tales, it is hard to find examples of a positive portrayal of … Continue reading

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The Economist’s Question

An economist was once asked how his wife was. His answer: “Compared to what?” This old economics joke illustrates one of the central lessons of economics. In decision making, it does not matter how good or bad a particular option … Continue reading

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