We have to stop looking at the food bank as a place that keeps the destitute alive — keeps them out of sight over there, so we can feel good about ourselves over here. We have to stop looking at food bank recipients as society’s lost souls, cast aside with little left to contribute to… Continue reading More Than Food Banks
Economics — the Devil’s Discipline? Really? Or am I just picking sensational headlines? Well, I don’t really know much about the Devil. He turned down my request on Facebook. But I often find that exploring edgy propositions, which may turn out to be totally wrong, nonetheless can bring out issues that might get missed… Continue reading The Devil’s Discipline
It’s pretty unclear nowadays what’s capitalist, what’s socialist, what’s radical and what’s not. Actually it’s easy at the extremes. Pure capitalism (market does everything) pure socialism (government does everything) — they’re both too radical for most people. Except for some fringe libertarians, most reasonable people are seeking some position in between radical capitalism and radical… Continue reading Radical, Really?
When I taught Economics in China, I was critical of their gift-exchange culture, but in a very superficial manner. They must have thought I was a sanctimonious moron. I told them when they’re constantly bestowing gifts on each other, that those aren’t really gifts. They’re always expecting something in return, something equivalent, and giving something… Continue reading To Give But Not to Give
My good friend Eric Parsons, challenged me on a poster I put up on Facebook. It read as follows: “The moral crisis of or age has nothing to do with gay marriage or abortion; it’s insider trading, obscene CEO pay, wage theft from ordinary workers, Wall Street’s continued gambling addiction, corporate payoffs to friendly politicians… Continue reading Moral Protest
Yep. But first … You don’t have to be an Economics student to get the message. It’s natural to want more. You can’t fight human nature. We’re acquisitive animals. It’s in or deepest nature to satisfy ourselves to the fullest extent possible. Economists say we’re insatiable. That doesn’t mean I’ll eat chocolate until I get… Continue reading Abundance, Really?
I refer to that period of history, and that movement called The Enlightenment. It happened around the 18th Century. The Catholic church was at a low point at the time, wielding excessive power with excessive rigidity. The rising Protestant churches were still feeling out their protest ideology. Major thinkers were looking for escape from the… Continue reading Unenlightened and Proud
Is Catholic Economic Doctrine individualist or collectivist? You might think it’s individualist when you read its relentless defence of private property and individual will, which must never be subservient to state priorities. Individuals come first. You might think it’s collectivist when you read that humanity can find fulfillment only in solidarity with God and the… Continue reading Catholic Economic Doctrine — Individualist or Collectivist?
Christian Economics ventures into territory where economists fear to tread — the ultimate purpose of life. Well no, I’m wrong. Economics does indeed posit a purpose in life. But it’s so breathtakingly superficial that economists usually don’t want to talk about it too directly. But here it is, in all it’s emptiness. The purpose of… Continue reading Catholic Economic Doctrine — Living Purposefully
Justice is not a simple topic, and its definition is elusive. It’s usually broken down into different types of justice — often without full agreement on the categories and differing definitions within each category. Frequently it’s defined to suit some author’s special interest rather than to identify the essential meaning of justice. But it’s the… Continue reading Catholic Economic Doctrine — Justice