MercatorNet: promoting human dignity

Zac Alstin

As a philosophy graduate Zac Alstin struggled to find a use for his skills and interests, but it took nearly two years in a corporate not-for-profit for him to finally realise that ‘usefulness’ was profoundly overrated. Likening his forced redundancy in late 2014 to Jonah being ‘vomited forth’ from the belly of a particularly nasty whale, Zac has since determined never again to succumb to such demeaning employment, and to put his time and skills into the service of higher ideals.

When he’s not busy helping the MercatorNet team as Associate Editor, Zac can be found working on his PhD in Philosophy of Religion, caring for his young son, writing freelance articles, or alternatively curing bacon, brewing beer, roasting coffee and baking bread as part of a long-term project to vindicate his deep desire for a better, more enriching way of life.

Zac lives in Adelaide, South Australia with his wife and son, from where he hopes to defy our dehumanising socio-economic system, achieve enlightenment, and make some really good rice-wine, though not necessarily in that order.

Zac blogs at

Democracy and providence: does political participation trump religious faith?
10 Oct 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: democracy, faith in public life, persecution of Christians
Holding your nose might not be enough.

The ancient Greeks knew what makes Donald Trump tick
27 Jul 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: choleric, Donald Trump, psychology, temperaments
Introducing the perfectly choleric man

Homophobia, masculinity, and violent young men
21 Jul 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: hate crime, homophobia, masculinity
Are anti-gay hate crimes motivated by hate?

The new normal of Aussie politics
14 Jul 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australian politics, elections, political pessimism
Can you spot the pattern?

Racism and homophobia
5 Jul 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: debate, ethics, homophobia, racism
Why we can't agree on anything.

Not your grandfather’s transgenderism
29 Jun 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: freedom of speech, LGBT activism, transgenderism
Why some LBGs want to ‘Drop the T’.

Who owns the horror?
14 Jun 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: homosexuality, Islamic terrorism, mass shootings, massacres, United States
49 innocent people have died. Why is the tragedy dividing the nation instead of uniting it?

Why are humans more important than animals?
10 Jun 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: animal rights, human dignity
The value we bestow on other life forms is fundamentally a human trait.

T comes right after LGB
8 Jun 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: public opinion, same-sex marriage, transgender movement
It's a very small step from same-sex marriage to transgender.

Paypal’s gay picnic threat: a symbolic masterpiece in disguise
26 May 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: online shopping, same-sex parenting, satire
The online giant reveals surprising artistic depths.

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