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 http://zacalstin.com/



Why ‘natural’ is not a meaningless word
4 May 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: language, nature, philosophy
Defining its use in context makes it perfectly serviceable.


What’s work for you?
30 Apr 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: careers, philosophy, work
The further our economy drags us from basic doing, the less meaningful work is.


Resurrecting old religions
8 Apr 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, Iceland, neo-paganism, Religion
Is neo-paganism really a return to pre-Christian roots?


The ultimate safeguard
27 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Germanwings, trust, virtue
Could the promotion of virtue help deter heinous crimes?


How to win an internet argument
18 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: argument, charity, philosophy
When being your own worst enemy is a good thing


When is a war crime not a war crime?
10 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Japan, just war, war crimes, World War II
70 years since the war crime we're too ashamed to remember


The forgotten meaning of human nature
5 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: ethics, human nature, natural law, same-sex marriage
Contemporary debates have lost the vision of our ethical heritage


Yoga without ethics: just empty posturing?
5 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: discipline, sexual assault, virtue, Yoga
Can the fitness fad live up to its traditional roots?


Frozen berry health scare puts heat on Big Food
22 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: big business, contamination, food security, frozen berries, global supply chain, Hepatitis A
A frozen berry Hepatitis A scare raises questions about global supply chains and consumer awareness.


The downward spiral of romance
5 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: BDSM, Fifty Shades of Grey, pornography, sado-masochism
Watching Fifty Shades of Grey on Valentine's Day is a dreary way to celebrate.


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