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

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?

Democracy and providence: does political participation trump religious faith?
10 Oct 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: democracy, faith in public life, persecution of Christians
Holding your nose might not be enough.

The ancient Greeks knew what makes Donald Trump tick
27 Jul 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: choleric, Donald Trump, psychology, temperaments
Introducing the perfectly choleric man

Homophobia, masculinity, and violent young men
21 Jul 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: hate crime, homophobia, masculinity
Are anti-gay hate crimes motivated by hate?

Free speech and revolving leadership
15 Jul 2016 | CONNIPTIONS |  
A pattern emerges...

The new normal of Aussie politics
14 Jul 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australian politics, elections, political pessimism
Can you spot the pattern?

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