Does Advertising Cause Materialism?

Considering the ubiquity of advertising in modern society, the immense interest it has drawn should come as no surprise. Central to this interest is the notion that advertising can transform not only the purchasing behavior of consumers but also the values that form the bedrock of society. The vast majority of this interest has been…

An Infinite Patience

Despite the fact that school classrooms never make you question whether government, taxation, and the State are actually necessary or morally justifiable, most people proclaim that their own political views are truly free from bias and reached by rational consideration of all possible alternatives. They will insist that, despite the fact that the majority of…

How is Violence the Default?

As someone who loves to debate and can never turn away from an argument (even if I generally should), I can say I’ve engaged in hundreds of discussions in my life with all sorts of people. Some of them are with those who are as interested in political and economic issues as myself, and while…

Business Angels: What We Should Know

Although business angels have existed in one form or another for centuries, thorough academic research on them wasn’t conducted until Seymour and Wetzel’s seminal study in 1981. Since then, researchers have been busy filling what became apparent was a serious gap in the knowledge of business angels’ backgrounds, investment interests, and behavioral patterns. This essay…

The Right to Enslave

Nowadays, the idea that people have a ‘right’ to a job, a ‘right’ to an education, and a ‘right’ to all sorts of other things is so widespread and accepted that hardly anyone seems to give it any thought. It has become one of those self-evident truths that no one bothers having an actual justification…

Defending Zuckerberg in The Social Network

I finally got around to watching The Social Network recently, and I found it an excellent movie. Everyone who recommended it to me told me that it made Mark Zuckerberg look like an unscrupulous schemer who deviously stole the idea of Facebook, so imagine my surprise when I found instead that the exact opposite was…

Human, Not Ant

From the day we are born, society teaches us to think like ants. That making sacrifices for the ‘greater good’ is noble. Just like ants, which are willing to sacrifice their very lives to preserve the colony, we are taught that we are insignificant in the grand scheme of things, and that society’s well-being is…