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/



How to remember Hiroshima
6 Aug 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: atomic bomb, Hiroshima, just war, World War II
Our fixation with the atom bomb distorts the historical record.


Saturn devours his children
21 Jul 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, biotechnology, research ethics
Human sacrifice for the benefit of all.


Cognitive dissonance on a national scale
3 Jul 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: same-sex marriage, social cohesion
Why is the redefinition of marriage so significant?


Cultural dysphoria
4 Jun 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: gender dysphoria, transgenderism
What if we were all honest as Bruce Jenner about the things that make us uncomfortable?


Life without indulgent eating
29 May 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: gluttony, obesity, vice
Can the forgotten concept of gluttony restore our relationship with food?


Is there a way to execute humanely?
21 May 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: execution, guillotine, lethal injection
Nothing can guarantee that an execution will not be cruel and unusual.


The real price of cheap food
6 May 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: big business, exploitation, food production, food wastage, supermarkets
Is the convenience of major supermarkets worth the hidden costs?


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?


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