Posted inEconomics

We should all be working less

Reading Time: 5 minutes [Previous: The end of the labor economy] The age of the robots is coming. Technology is getting better and better each year, allowing robots to do previously-unimaginable tasks like sewing clothes or picking fruit. With AI improving by leaps and bounds, they’ll be able to do more and more by themselves. We can look forward […]

Posted inClimate Crisis

‘Only YOU can save the grid’ is not enough

Reading Time: 3 minutes At 5:45 pm on September 6th, Californians’ phones screamed with an emergency text: Conserve energy now to protect public health and safety. Extreme heat is straining the state energy grid. Power interruptions may occur unless you take action. Over the next few hours, millions of individuals across the Golden State unplugged cars and appliances, adjusted […]

Posted inEnvironment

Patagonia company owner gives it away to Planet Earth in perpetuity

Reading Time: 3 minutes The owner of outdoor clothing and equipment company Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, is giving the entire company away to support the environment and fight climate change devastation, something that many in the humanist community interested in helping our planet, will laud. Yvon Chouinard, a self-described “existential dirtbag” who dislikes the label “businessman” he accidentally acquired, drives […]

Posted inEthics

We need to talk about the dark side of the Golden Rule

Reading Time: 6 minutes The Golden Rule, that much-loved staple of low-calorie morality, does more harm than good. Humanists UK posted this on their Facebook page as part of their #HumanistVoices campaign: “A naturally occurring moral philosophy based on reason and empathy,” says Humanists UK about the Golden Rule.  “It’s really not complicated,” says Dan Snow.  Is that true? […]

Posted inEconomics

When scarcity is contrived for capitalist ends

Reading Time: 4 minutes In a capitalist system, a business is judged to be successful if it is profitable. To maximize profits, producers often restrict production rather than ensure the maximum utilization of resources. The strategy of restricting production to increase profits is known as artificial scarcity. It uses the forces of the capitalist “free market.” By restricting supply, […]

Posted inCritical thinking

What might a secular humanist view on economics be?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Taxonomically, my family is Freethinker (including atheists, skeptics, agnostics), my genus is Humanist (including the religion-based), and my species is Secular.” — John Rafferty ECONOMY, n. Purchasing the barrel of whiskey that you do not need for the price of the cow that you cannot afford. Amrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary Economics is understandably a […]

Posted inPolitics

Understanding the contradictions of the EU through the misunderstanding of Brexiteers

Reading Time: 5 minutes A lot of people don’t really understand the EU, which was always going to make a referendum on the UK’s membership, like Brexit, something of a problem. Opposition to the EU can come in broadly two different forms. First, you have the small-government advocates who are anti-immigration and pro-free market. This is generally the right-wing […]