Altruism?


This week on Facebook: I once asked a young man that I saw wearing an ichthus what church he belonged to: only to be informed that he didn’t know what an ichthus was and wore it for ornamental value only. Then a few a few Christmases ago asked a group of youngsters who said that they were carol singers, but when asked didn’t know what a carol was. I offered no response to the young man but said to the carol singers that if the wanted any money they had to sing a carol (which they eventually did). The ichthus has long since lost its meaning — much as a crucifix with a little man adorning it has — and carol singers no longer appear at Christmas. Read more of this post

Self Interest, Economics & Altruism


This week on Facebook: I quite deliberately used the term self interest in my posts and assumed that its intention would be understood. However, having decided to research the subject of self interest on the internet it turned out to be a really hard undertaking, not because there was so little information rather there was so much and it was mostly academic. My self interest was to find articles that someone (other than myself) might read and this proved very difficult. Academically there are many facets to the subject of self interest and I was looking for a common understanding. I am left thinking that you must infer what I meant each time I used the term self interest. Read more of this post

Social Media & Democracy


This week on Facebook: The world is rapidly changing and there is  no doubt that social media has a part to play in this change where global technology has made social media an integral part of most peoples lives. However, just because the technology provides access to world events and opinions it doesn’t mean that all social media users are informed. Although homophily¹ may lead to some form of cohesion between social media users there is a danger that is less obvious and more sinister, the ability to subvert social media and threaten democracy itself.

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Ethics and the Law


This week on Facebook: This week I picked up on a series of articles and comments about the Paradise Papers published by the FCPA (The FCPA Blog publishes news and commentary about white-collar crime, enforcement, and compliance). The FCPA articles on the Paradise Papers highlight not just the issue of tax havens but those of ethics, morality and the law¹. Read more of this post

Trouble in Paradise?


This week on Facebook: Blissful ignorance, Tax Havens and the Paradise Papers —

To each his suff’rings: all are men,
         Condemn’d alike to groan,
The tender for another’s pain;
         Th’ unfeeling for his own.
Yet ah! why should they know their fate?
Since sorrow never comes too late,
         And happiness too swiftly flies.
Thought would destroy their paradise.
No more; where ignorance is bliss,
       ‘Tis folly to be wise.

Thomas Gray —Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College

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MPs’ Pension and Yours


This week on Facebook: Having decided to delve into the realm of pensions it came as no surprise to discover that politicians spend a great effort on their own sinecures but compound the self created pensions dilemma that successive governments have imposed on others. Read more of this post

Fiscal Policy and the NUM Pension Fund


This week on Facebook: Last week’s post was about pensions  and the political fiscal chicanery that successive governments have adopted to steal pension funds and hide their connivance in keeping public sector pensions ‘off the books’. On Sunday I posted a short exert from the television series ‘Yes Minister’, which indicates that the public sector pensions deficit is not a new political issue. What is rarely written about is the financial burden of the funds required to service the pensions of politicians, but perhaps more importantly, how the pensions and contributions of politicians are not subject to the same vagaries as other pensions. Read more of this post

Cassandra on Pensions


This week-on-Facebook: As a retired civil servant, though not in the same league as Sir Robert (Tuesday’s  article), I have long thought that the whole pensions system — particularly that of public sector pensions — was a train wreck waiting to happen. Successive UK government consistently deferred this  forthcoming train wreck in the hope that it will not happen while they are in office, perhaps even hoping for deus ex machina. Read more of this post

Virtual Vicariousness


This week on Facebook: I decided to follow up my theme from last week to write about the virtual reality, and what is often the vicarious reality of time spent online. It is hardly surprising to find that virtual reality had taken on the form political protest, it would appear that the fictional dystopian world so often predicted, continues towards its political reality. It was thought that social media networks would herald the advent of a true democracy instead it has unleashed an anarchy. As more people gain access to social media networks, they add to the many diverse opinions already promoted on them. Read more of this post

An Unsociable Social Media


This week on Facebook: There is some comfort to be had at my being in my dotage, but I am not immune to the way in which the vagaries of life are presented on the internet and its social media, often disrupting my comfort zone. I am irritated by those campaigns described as Alt (alternative) something or other, or those that wish to expunge history and only allow a selectively biased view of it to be presented.

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