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/



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.


Islam and violence: how not to answer a question
30 Jan 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Islam, violence
Islam and Muslims are not just one thing. It is high time to make some distinctions.


A murderous blame game
23 Jan 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Charlie Hebdo, Islam
Did the provocative cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo "bring it upon themselves"?


Provocation is no defence for the Jihadi murderers
9 Jan 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Charlie Hebdo, free speech, Jihadists
Don't think they will stop at stupid and vicious left-wing satirists.


New You Resolution
1 Jan 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: 2014, 2015, New Year's resolutions
What can a 17th Century French genius and an obscure Neo-Confucian discipline teach us about happiness?


Childhood 2.0 is a little buggy
5 Dec 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Internet, internet, technology, virtual reality
Toddlers teach parents how bad their online habits are for family life.


Your money, or your life?
28 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: happiness, philosophy, wealth
Roasting my own coffee beans is just one of the pleasures of exploring natural wealth.


The awe-full truth of human dignity
13 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: dignitarian, dignity, MercatorNet
A MercatorNet contributor reflects on its unique “dignitarian” philosophy.


I can’t handle being useful
10 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: management, rhetoric, work
The language of management is often offensive, pompous, and demeaning. It's time for a spring cleaning.


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