Capitalism And Freedom

Milton Friedman is one of the most famous economists that ever lived, yet reading his most famous book, Capitalism And Freedom; it is hard to see why. The book is surprisingly basic and doesn’t offer much of an argument. Friedman merely states things (such as the minimum wage causes unemployment) without offering any supporting evidence. It is as though simply saying it was enough to make it true. There are hardly any references or citations in the book, which makes it very difficult to know if any of what he says is actually true. There is no reference to history or current affairs or if any of his ideas have worked before or if his criticisms reflect reality. Continue reading “Capitalism And Freedom”

Boycott Coca-Cola

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Coca-Cola is the biggest brand on Earth. It is not just a drink, it is the symbol of the American way of life and of capitalism. Gallons of it are drunk by almost everyone, it is available in every single shop in the country and it reaches almost every corner of the globe. But I have been boycotting it for about seven years now, ever since I heard about its dark underbelly. Coke may be the symbol of the prosperity of capitalism but it is also the symbol of greed and exploitation. This global corporation has despicable links with the death squads of Columbia. Continue reading “Boycott Coca-Cola”

Sexism Against Men?

Up until recently I didn’t know there was such thing as sexism against men. It seemed like a paradox, like racism against white people. When I looked into it, I was struck by how incredibly true it was. Although I never really considered it, there are certain rules about how real men are supposed to behave. We are supposed to be tough, strong, independent and never express any emotion except anger. Talking about your feelings or being dependent on someone else are signs of weakness and the worse thing in the world for a man is to be seen as weak. Continue reading “Sexism Against Men?”

We Need To Talk About Travellers

We need to talk about Travellers. We need to talk about the way we treat them, the way we view them. The way we discriminate against them. The hatred and bigoted prejudices we hold against them. The way we exclude them from our society, pretend they aren’t there. The way we mock their culture, the way they talk, the way they look. Travellers are people too, just as human as you or I, but most people view them parasites on society. Most of my friends openly describe Travellers as violent, drunken scumbags. We need to talk about our own Apartheid system with our own inferior underclass. We need to talk about Travellers. Continue reading “We Need To Talk About Travellers”

Economics Of Discrimination

If we were rational logical people living in a neo-classical world there would be no discrimination. People would only be judged according to their productivity and nothing else. All races would receive equal pay and job opportunities. In fact Milton Friedman even developed a theory in which racist firms would be driven out of business by inclusive firms. Yet discrimination does exist. For generations many businesses would only hire white people. Even today ethnic minorities are paid less than white people and suffered from higher unemployment. The perfect neo-classical utopia does not exist. Social norms determine action just as much as pure economics. We need government to right the wrongs of the free market. Continue reading “Economics Of Discrimination”

Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 6 – Anti-Semitism

For centuries Jews have been the victim of bigotry and hatred for allegedly being responsible for the killing Jesus. This hateful lie has led to widespread discrimination and pogroms culminating in the Holocaust. But where did this murderous idea come from? The answer is none other than the so-called “Good Book”, the Bible, the book that is supposedly full of nothing but peace and love. Continue reading “Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 6 – Anti-Semitism”

Why Black People Are Paid Less Than White People

Decades after the Civil Rights Movement, Black workers earn significantly worse than White workers. The gap is either 40% or 25% depending on whether the average or median census data is used, but the fact remains that there is a large gap. Why is this the case? Is it due to discrimination or is it because of better skills and education levels among White people? Continue reading “Why Black People Are Paid Less Than White People”