Bounty of Bookmarks

Economics and Ethics

See also: entries tagged economics and work.

Highlights

The ultimate post about economics and ethics: Nobel laureate economist savages his own profession as clueless and unethical (12 March 2024) Nobel Laureate economist Angus Deaton has delivered a ferocious rebuke to his own profession, saying economists have failed to understand that capitalism is about power.

Sites to read:

When hobbies become work:

About cash:

Poverty and debt:

And some really old entries:

Work

No Meetings, No Deadlines, No Full-Time Employees (7 January 2021): the founder of Gumroad points at a different way forward

Orange Executives Found Responsible for 35 Employee Deaths by Suicide (20 December 2019) Three men were convicted of “collective moral harassment” for creating a work environment specifically designed to get employees out “by the window or the door.”

Where Are These “Golden Years” We Were Promised? (16 June 2019) It’s a Good Thing I Love What I Do Because We Gen-Xers Will Never Retire

The Automation Charade (1 August 2018) The rise of the robots has been greatly exaggerated. Whose interests does that serve?

The Shut-In Economy (25 March 2015) In the new world of on-demand everything, you’re either pampered, isolated royalty — or you’re a 21st century servant.

Gig economy

Productivity

Efficiency is the Enemy (3 May 2021) There’s a good chance most of the problems in your life and work come down to insufficient slack. Here’s how slack works and why you need more of it.

In praise of laziness (17 August 2013) Businesspeople would be better off if they did less and thought more

Wealth accumulation

And an old one: 25 US Mega Corporations: Where They Rank If They Were Countries (27 June 2011)

Advertising and marketing

Myths

The “Tragedy of the Commons” Is a Dubious, Right-Wing Concept (October 2023) The environmental crisis isn’t the result of the “tragedy of the commons.” It’s the result of the commons’ theft and privatization for profit.

GDP sounds like a neutral number. It’s nothing of the sort. (29 August 2020) GDP measures just one dimension of a country’s economy. So why did it become our main tool for judging prosperity? Because that works well for those who write the rules.