Tag Archives: Money

The next economic era is here

The world my children inhabit looks superficially like the world I grew up in during the 1970s. The house they live in, the clothes they wear and the food they eat – none of these would be very strange to the kids of a generation ago (although even here there are notable differences.) But the way they spend their time is completely different to anything I dreamed of doing.

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Is Christmas over-commercialized?

christmasshoppingYoungest son: Daddy, what’s your favourite TV advert?

Me: I don’t have one. I always skip the adverts.

Youngest son: But you must have a favourite?

Me: No. I never watch them. But what’s your favourite?

Youngest son: It’s a Christmas advert. I don’t know what it’s called.

Me: Why do you like it?

Youngest son: I like the Christmas music, and the snow, and all the Christmassy things.

Me: And what is it advertising?

Youngest son: I think it’s just saying, be nice to each other. It’s advertising caring and sharing and giving presents.

Me: That sounds lovely. Do you think it might be advertising a company?

Youngest son: No, I don’t think so. If it is, I don’t know which one.

By the way, this will be my last blog post before Christmas, so may I take this opportunity to wish all my blog followers a very Happy Christmas!

Wealth is knowledge – poverty is ignorance

technologyGive unlimited resources to a caveman and he will chop down trees and burn them as firewood.

Give unlimited resources to a Victorian and he will burn coal to power a steam engine. Continue reading

One law for the rich

depardieuI’m a huge fan of the French actor Gerard Depardieu. Jean de Florette is one of my all-time favourite films. But the recent wealth tax introduced in France has led Depardieu to leave the country and hand back his French passport.

If I had to pay 75% of my income in tax for the privilege of living in France, I’d probably think twice too. Continue reading

How to self-publish successfully

51JzBmdq88L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU02_A few months ago I self-published my first novel, The Yoga Sutras. Three months is surely too early to judge whether it’s a success or a failure, but already I can see the things I did wrong.

Or rather, I can see some of the things I did wrong. No doubt there are others that I just haven’t spotted yet. Continue reading

Rand vs Gandhi

gandhiThis post is a response to fellow blogger Daedalus Lex. He asks the question, “How does one live a good life?” and provides two mutually exclusive answers. Continue reading

Politics and fairness

OK, raise your hand if you believe in fairness. Ha! I tricked you. I haven’t yet defined what fairness means. Continue reading