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

How much should we hate our enemies?
14 Aug 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: love, same-sex marriage, virtue
If the light in you is darkness...

Love and doubt: the central truth of existence
11 Jul 2017 | ABOVE |  
tags: philosophy, spirituality, the fall of man
The fall of man in everyday life.

Vale Dr John Sarno: ‘America’s best doctor’
4 Jul 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: chronic pain, mind-body problem, modern medicine
Pioneering a psychogenic approach to pain.

Want answers? Learn to ask the right questions
26 Jun 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: experts, philosophy, reasoning
Applied philosophy for everyday life.

Why is losing weight so difficult?
23 May 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: obesity, philosophy, weight loss
A philosopher thinks himself thin.

Sick of fake news? How about a junk-knowledge diet!
20 Mar 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: fake news, philosophy, social media
Whip yourself back into reason-able shape!

Are fantasy stories worth telling?
28 Feb 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: fantasy, literature, spirituality, The Lord of the Rings
The spiritual significance of fantasy themes.

Everyday heroes: the real-world meaning of our most popular stories
12 Jan 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: fiction, superheroes, virtue
Even Marvel teaches us about vice and virtue.

Drain the swamp: Trump and the mandate of heaven
11 Nov 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Donald Trump, Election 2016, political narrative
Regime-change in the USA.

How we vote: the difference temperament makes
2 Nov 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: 2016 elections, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, temperaments
Why do we find it so hard to understand our friends' choices?

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