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

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.

Discerning the Donald
8 Mar 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Republican candidacy
Is Trump a triumph or a blow-hard?

We are all rich men now
10 Nov 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: consumerism, lifestyle, money
Is love of money really the root of all evil?

A new identity will not make you happy
29 Oct 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: disability, religious roots, transgenderism
Transgenderism, transableism: just the latest trends in a flawed search for fulfillment.

Cynical and amoral: the dark side of the mindfulness fad
13 Oct 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Buddhism, corporate culture, meditation
Critiquing the mindlessness of the mainstream meditation movement.

The burden of free speech
6 Oct 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: free speech, homophobia, same-sex marriage
Can we sustain this “terrible magnanimity and patience”?

The limitations of a lustful life
24 Sep 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Religious Practice, sexual morality, virtue
Putting sexual morality in context.

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