Posts Tagged ‘ethics’

The history and politics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are complicated but the ethics aren’t that complicated at all…

Here’s a very short and clear way of explaining it:



Evidence that the Meritocracy is Made Up of Poor People

Many wealthy Americans believe that dysfunctional behavior causes poverty. Their own success, they would insist, derives from good character and a strict work ethic. But they would be missing some of the facts. Ample evidence exists to show a correlation between wealth and unethical behavior, and between wealth and a lack of empathy for others, and between wealth and unproductiveness.

The poor, along with a middle class that is sinking toward them, make up the American meritocracy. Here is some of the evidence.

1. The Poor Don’t Cheat As Much
2. The Poor Care More About Other People
3. The Rich Focus on Me, Me, Me
4. The Poor Give a Greater Percentage of Their Money to Others
5. Entrepreneurs are in the (Sinking) Middle Class

Chris Hedges wrote an article on titled:

Let’s Get This Class War Started

Here’s a great interview with him on

The Pathology of the Rich – Chris Hedges


The Ethic of marginal Value (Jacobin Mag)

Posted: 2013/10/02 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Links/Articles/Video
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There is no such thing as a “clean” war (not even WW2)

Posted: 2013/05/21 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Uncategorized
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Rape by American Soldiers in World War II France –

There is also a racist angle to this as black GIs got prosecuted disproportionally for rape.

“Economists afraid of ethics?” (

you know we (the economics profession) were not always such scum-bags. Back in the 19th century political-economists (that’s how we called ourselves then… in the 18th c. we were “moral-philosophers”) were at the forefront of the struggle for the abolition of slavery, the emancipation of women, universal suffrage, etc.