Category Archives: Philosophy

How Language Controls Your Money Habits

If you’ve been reading The Amateur Financier for a while, you’re probably aware that one of my guilty pleasures is Cracked.com.  I’ll admit, much of what they publish doesn’t really count deep journalism, and even the articles that are interesting and well cited (yes, Cracked is surprisingly good at citing relevant and interesting sources for… Continue Reading

Could The Free Market Have Ended Racism?

There was a bit of a shuffle over the comments of Rand Paul (Republican candidate for Senate in Kentucky) and John Stossel (media commentator, now on Fox) regarding the Civil Rights Act.  Rand Paul came out in favor of allowing private businesses to discriminate on the basis of race (only private businesses; he favored continuing… Continue Reading

Some Thoughts on Work and People

Tomorrow, I’m going to be starting a new job.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that it’s not in my chosen field of biochemistry, or even a related physical science position.  No, I’m going to be working part time at Wal-Mart for the foreseeable future. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad that… Continue Reading

Deep Thoughts: Minimum Wage

I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking lately about the minimum wage.  This might be in part because I’ve been looking into part time, minimum wage level work until I’m able to get something more permanent.  (It’s probably a bad sign when even Wal-Mart is not hiring; I’m not sure if there is a… Continue Reading