Tag Archives: Money

How to blog

wordpressSo, you signed up to WordPress, answered all their intrusive personal questions, got yourself a blog and an “About me” page that says:

“This is an example of a WordPress post, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from..”

Congratulations! The hard part is over! Now all you have to do is blog. Continue reading

6 lessons from the French Revolution

guillotineI’ve been reading about La Revolution Francaise recently and it seems that there are some really  useful lessons we can learn from what happened. Continue reading

What is wealth?

moneyObviously it’s the stuff in the photo. It’s money, or it could be real estate or gold or oil or diamonds.

Except, what if it’s not? What if wealth is something else entirely? Continue reading

Cost + Profit = Price

powerstationSo Ed Milliband, the leader of the UK’s Labour Party, has some brilliant ideas to make ordinary working people better off. He wants companies to pay workers more. He wants energy companies to cut prices to consumers. And he wants them to invest more too.

These are all admirable objectives, although hardly original. They are in fact what everybody wants, although Ed thinks he thought of them first. Continue reading

The myth of consumerism

consumerismConsumerism (noun): Advocacy of an excessive or wasteful rate of consumption and spending as a basis for a sound economy.

If you’ve ever thought that an economy based on consumers buying stuff they don’t need, then throwing it away and buying more is a stupid idea, then you were right. It is a stupid idea. Nobody with an ounce of common sense would think otherwise.

The idea of consumerism was invented to make you think that the modern global economy is stupid and that we should all go back to simpler lives. It’s an attempt to make capitalism and globalization seem ridiculous. It’s an example of a straw man argument. Continue reading

Smash the glass cages

Not everyone can be a celebrity or an astronaut, an explorer, writer, artist, model or business leader. We can’t all own fast cars or live in expensive houses or travel the world and do exciting things. We weren’t all born clever or rich or beautiful or talented or witty.

Hell, that’s a very long list of things ordinary people can’t do or be. Continue reading

Why is Andorra rich?

I recently wrote about the fact that Andorra has one of the longest life expectancies in the world (somewhere in the top 4, depending on which source you believe). It’s also the 23rd richest country in the world, measured by per capita income – ahead of countries like Germany, France and the UK. So what can this tiny country teach us about wealth? Continue reading