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The irony of modern economics

One of the most amazing ironies of modern Western civilization is, to me, that a few hundred years ago, some economists convinced all Christendom that self-centeredness and greed were actually virtues rather than vices, and would benefit society! 338 more words

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The 'enlightened self-interest' of using the local bookshop

My definition of ‘enlightened self-interest’ is letting the other person out of the telephone kiosk so that you can get in. Some people think it is the only reason why anyone does anything that looks unselfish or altruistic. 697 more words

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The Ethics Of... Looking after Number 1

‘Selfish’ is an ugly label to wear, and one that most of us avoid like the plague. I conjures up the image of a greedy miser, a Scrooge who hoards everything for themselves and gives nothing back. 1,721 more words

Taking Control of Our Lives - Part 3

I want to start this piece wit a quote from Future Scenarios by David Holmgren “There is a desperate need to recast energy descent as a positive process that can free people from the strictures and dysfunctions of growth economics and consumer culture.” As I understand it he’s referring to the running out of fossil fuels and the fact that, without some very fancy footwork, we are staring at the end of the world as we know it. 344 more words

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HONOUR GETS THE TURNIP OUT

Honour (Singapore), a non-profit enterprise that seeks the well-being of Singapore by promoting a culture of honour and honouring, was launched by Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat last Tuesday, 5 August 2014.  526 more words

Self - determination

Independence and self-determination are concepts that we can all understand, we have all sought something similar in our personal lives.  And now the people of Scotland have their chance now, and there is no denying that there is a strong desire in the electorate for this to happen, and a long journey to get here. 326 more words

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A Marxist Critique of the Individual, Rational, Self-Interested, Wealth Maximizer

The concept of the individual, self-interested, wealth maximizer goes back to a figure well known to Karl Marx, namely Adam Smith. Smith promulgates a conception of capitalism that relies on “enlightened self-interest.”[1] Such a concept has morphed over time to become the foundational ideology of capitalist economics. 4,974 more words

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