No, I Don’t Hate Trade.

I think I have a certain reputation by now — that I think business ought to be shut down and banished from the planet. Well, not quite. I think that half of business could be shut down, and people could still live as well as they are now. The great advantage would be that our planet would be a lot more likely to recover from climate change, and people would have more free time and be happier. I also think creativity would soar.

Why I Write Against Business so Frequently

There’s business, and then there’s business. What I mean by that is that some businesses are very…


The tone for property ownership was set in 1215. Why have we lost it?

One of the aspects of capitalism that separates it from every other economic system is that people can own property that they don’t live on. When the king of England tried that in the 13th century, there was an uprising. The king felt it his sovereign right to tell his subjects that they couldn’t hunt in the forests or graze their stock in the fields — he claimed it was his land. It took a bit of back and forth, but eventually, it was settled. The king could not own ‘the commons.’ The ‘commons’ was the land that was open…


I know that you’re waiting for them to do something…

This last week, we had a small taste of what is going to happen over the next five or so years. I’m willing to bet that at the end of that time period, many millions of people will be dead, and some of you reading this piece won’t be around anymore either.

I’m also willing to bet that all those people who were writing about how to get more followers on Medium, how to have the best sex ever, or how to ensure that your small business grows from midget to macro will be fighting for their lives, homeless, hungry…


Have you noticed how many people are demanding we pay attention to them and treat them better? And our world is dying? Priorities…

Did you notice how many devasting floods there were this week? Germany? China, Mexico, Turkey, India, Iran, Belgium, and more? Did you notice that Mount Etna started spewing her anger (sorry, lava)? Did you see the number of raging fires out there? Did you notice the number of earthquakes in South America?

Of course, not.

Instead you were focused on your hurt feelings. You are angry because you think women aren’t equal to men. Get over yourself. You’re angry because you think criticism of Israel is antisemitism. Get over yourself. You think that people shouldn’t be nasty to you because…


Of course, the positive thinkers think that Covid-19 won’t get them. Why wouldn’t they think that?

Deeply ingrained in the American psyche, there exists the myth of the white knight. Magic reigns free in the land of brave and the home of the free. You only have to pick up your magic wand, cast a spell, think a thought, and the universe will provide, and your dream (aka your wish) will come true. Over and over again, it’s been ingrained that a negative thought will be responsible for your failure. Never dare to mention the hard reality, because if you do, the hard reality will come to you.

Consider the following books:

1850 — To the…


Voltaire thought democracy unworkable; Rousseau thought it could only work in small city-states.

The first democracy in the world was in Athens, Greece, and the only people able to vote in it were white men who had completed their military service. That was somwhere between 10% and 20% of the population. It wasn’t so much a representative democracy as a conditional democracy. If citizens met certain conditions, they were permitted to vote.

When Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote the Social Contract, a book that outlined how a democracy would work, he couldn’t get around the thorny problem of one man’s meat being another man’s poison. It simply wasn’t feasible to please everybody. …


Everytime you buy a new cellphone, a new item of clothing, or drive your car, you are contributing to global warming.

I truly do not understand why people are continuing to live their lives as if their actions do not contribute to climate change. Each of those actions, no matter how small, multiplied millions of times over by other people doing the same thing, is the cause of increased hot-house gasses, pollution, waste, and the extinction of vital species which keep our eco-system going.

The only way we can prevent further climate change is for all of us immeditely to use as little as possible. …


Profit is the leading cause of inequality, and climate change is a consequence of it.

Most of us have believed, at one time in our lives at least, the profit was a good thing. The profit makes, we believed, provided jobs, and without the lure of profit, there would be no innovation, no discovery, no invention, and there would be no modern civilisation. The thing that drove all these good things, we have been told, is the greed of the profit-makers.

Defining Profit

While I’m aware the self-employed individuals have a far looser interpretation of what profit is, I’m going to start off by defining the word in the way that accountants do. …


Let me tell you some stories about the IRS — and these stories speak volumes

Some five and a half years ago, shortly after I had returned to South Africa, I was receiving money on a monthly basis from Australia in payment of something. In order to receive it, I had to go to a local bank to withdraw it. There I would stand in a line for at least two hours, as every single person before me took at least half an hour to complete their business.

Then, when I finally arrived at the window where the bank associate…


You’ve probably heard that the UK is over-populated…

It’s probably a pretty ruthless way of getting rid of an excess of people living in a small country, but if the people in that country are so adamant that they don’t want to wear masks, that they want to go back to their pubs, and that they travel wherever they want, why fight against the inevitable.

Let the people die.

It occurs to me that that might be the mindset of Boris Johnson’s government.

The Way Covid is Working

After nearly eighteen months of Covid, the pattern is now established. After lockdowns, wearing masks, and social distancing, it subsides as the virus can’t find…

World Issues — Politics, Economics, and More

We have to find a way to save the bloody day. Power and money — Abused aren’t funny.

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