Pay More, Get More

Once upon a time there was a car manufacturer. One day he proposed to double his workers wages. The business community was stunned. Was this man insane? A socialist? Did he not understand the laws of economics? Surely his business would instantly go bankrupt and nothing more would be heard of him. In response he simply pointed out that with a wage increase his workers could now afford to buy the cars they made. Business boomed, profits rose and the company redesigned the entire car industry. The man’s name was Henry Ford. Continue reading “Pay More, Get More”

Why You Should Vote NO To The Fiscal Treaty

The Fiscal Treaty promises stability, growth and to prevent future recessions. It will not provide any of this. It completely misses the point and addresses issues irrelevant to the cause of and solution to, the recession. It will lead to future austerity, lower growth, higher unemployment and more poverty. Continue reading “Why You Should Vote NO To The Fiscal Treaty”

Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal

If two people love each other, what right do politicians have to tell them they can’t get married? What right do they have to impose their beliefs on the rest of society? Same-sex marriage does not affect straight people so why do they care? It’s a private affair that is no one else’s business. It doesn’t harm anyone or have any negative effects. So what’s the problem? Continue reading “Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal”

Theory Of Peace

While the focus is often on the cause of war, just as important is the cause of peace. Why do some countries avoid going to war? One explanation is the Democratic Peace Theory. It is based on the fact that no two democracies have ever gone to war with each other. Continue reading “Theory Of Peace”

Religion As A Cause Of War In Ireland

In my last post I argued that religion was a major cause of war. Now I want to discuss this in an Irish context. In fact the history of Ireland is basically the history of Protestants and Catholics warring among each other. There are numerous incidents where Catholics or Protestants were killed solely because of their religion. Continue reading “Religion As A Cause Of War In Ireland”

Religion As A Cause Of War

I would argue that a major cause of most (but not all) wars is religion. Religion divides people into separate groups and tells them that they are incompatible with each other. It provides justification for the killing of others and the promise of reward for martyrs.

There are numerous examples of religious wars. Some of the main ones include the Crusades, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, The War On Terror, The Thirty Year War, Northern Ireland and the numerous religious wars of England and France (which culminated in the Saint Bartholomew Day Massacre). Continue reading “Religion As A Cause Of War”

Cause Of Violence

A man toils away at a degrading job, continually mocked and humiliated by colleges and superiors, but cannot respond for fear of losing his job. He is stuck in a dead end without any hope of succeeding with his goals in life. He goes home and takes his anger out on his wife and children.

Germany, defeated and ashamed after the First World War, is further humiliated by the Versailles Treaty. It cannot respond to those who are causing the humiliation so it takes out its rage and frustration on the Jews.

These are both examples of the Frustration Aggression Theory. This is the idea that Continue reading “Cause Of Violence”

War Is A Racket

It is a bold and engaging idea that we are manipulated into war by big business. It follows the view that the government is controlled by big business and made to serve their interests. It sees foreign policy as enforcing American economic dominance upon the world. The idea is that weapons manufacturers encourage war solely to make bigger profits. It is known as ‘The Devil Theory Of Imperialism’ or more simply in the statement that ‘War Is A Racket’. Continue reading “War Is A Racket”

If Jesus Died For Our Sins . . . How Did It Work?

The central belief of Christianity is that God sent his only son Jesus to die on the cross for us and by doing so freed the world from sin. But how does that work? How can, God, who does not have a physical form, have a son? How does Jesus’ death take away my sin? Especially as I had not even committed the sin at the time, nor had I even been born. How can one person save the whole world? If we are removed from sin, does that mean no one goes to Hell? Continue reading “If Jesus Died For Our Sins . . . How Did It Work?”