The following article just appeared in the Rupertsland News. Actually this is the draft I sent to them, so it’s different in a few trivial details. Vocational Income Commonly I approach the guaranteed income question in terms of liberation from the dictates of the market and the freedom to choose ones inner lifestyle. But here…… Continue reading Vocational Income
Everyone wants growth. If Gross Domestic Product (GDP) hasn’t grown enough this year, it’s considered a failure. What’s disturbing is that the need for growth is taken for granted — an unequivocally good thing. Is it really? GDP growth implies consumption growth. And is consumption growth always a good thing? To answer that question, we…… Continue reading Is Growth Good?
The World Bank. The International Monetary Fund. You’ve heard of them, and undoubtedly hold them in awe. High-powered economists, running the world. Would they were as benign as the media makes them out to be. Would that your high esteem of them had some basis in reality. But then, it’s par for the course. Most…… Continue reading Venerable Institutions
Economies of scale are a bit of an embarrassment in economics. Economic theory must ignore them, or the math doesn’t work. So big factories are no more efficient than small factories — by decree — and therefore they don’t exist because nobody would bother. Problem solved. In IT for example — Microsoft and Apple and…… Continue reading Economies of Scale
Can’t run a blog called The Profane Economy without covering the blatant exploitation of the developing world by the affluent creeps in the developed world. But, being a rather huge topic, we’d better narrow it down somewhat. So we’re looking at Africa and the EU, because I have some good materials on that at the…… Continue reading Starving Africa into Submission
Now there’s a challenge! When I presented my last blog post to Allison Chubb, editor of the Rupertsland News (a branch of the Anglican Journal) for possible inclusion, she had a penetrating question for me. “What would the big idea of living more like Jesus, more simply, look like in our daily life contexts and…… Continue reading Radical Living
The debate on income inequality is being conducted on remarkably un-Christian terms, even by Christians. Hey Christians! You’re supposed to aspire to live at the bottom of the scale, not at the top! Do I have to drag out scripture to make this point? You’re already familiar with many of the relevant quotes. So what’s…… Continue reading Radical Christian Income Inequality