When it comes to economics, marginal utility a good or service is the added benefit gained from an increase in consumption or loss experienced from a decrease in consumption of a good and service. The law of diminishing marginal utility states that as you consume more units of a good or a service the marginal utility will decrease with consumption. For instance, if you have enough money to consume 2 beers or 2 sandwiches, or 1 beer and 1 sandwich, the latter would be marginal utility maximizing. Continue reading
I was reading an article earlier where the core theme was balance between duties and choices. For instance, a labor union can strike, however then they are not being paid, an a factory owner can refuse to give into the demands of the union but then he is not making any money. In this case, you have a carrot for both parties in that if they come to an agreement they can both get paid, and a stick in the form of that they are both losing money by not coming to an agreement. These types of checks and balances are what keeps every structure in working condition because they promote stability and moderation over instability and excess. Democratic countries are often built with “majority” clauses, and/or multiple branches of government, which does slow things down, but also ensures that there is wide support and that it does not devolve into majority tyranny. Take the draft in the United States of America, every man has to register for selective service within 6 months of turning 18, in exchange they get the right to vote. This means that every man who votes for hawkish and interventionist foreign policy knows that this means that he risks being sent off to war if there is a draft. This has the effect of somewhat limiting the willingness to go to war, and encourages voting for a policy that relies on both diplomacy and force, not pure force. In the same way, if I forgot to lock my door, the insurance company can refuse to pay if I get robbed, because through my actions I placed an unnecessary and excessive risk on them. Continue reading
I made a joke on twitter, that I wasn’t going write this post, because “Make shit up based on your feelings” would not make a very good blog post. However, the thought ruminated for a moment in my mind, and I figured that social justice lives and breathes in academia. It seeks to legitimize feelings by through giving them an air of sophistication and legitimacy through abusing the tools of science. Much of the theory that feminists and modern social justice warriors base their belief system on is Marxist theory applied to social structures and groups, which is then validated by abusing the tools of science. Epistemology is Greek and roughly translates to “word of knowledge“, which includes the scientific method, logic as a system and other tools and opinions on how we as humans gain knowledge. Continue reading
Humans have invented a lot of different methods to communicate, we have computer code that allows us to communicate with computers, we have mathematics that allow us to both communicate and model the world we live in and we have the written and spoken word. Within the written and spoken word, we have further sets such as academic language and political language.
Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. George Orwell
The language and vocabulary of social justice is without a doubt political, as it is a Continue reading
Tactics are the action-oriented counterpart of strategy, while a strategy is an overarching plan on how to achieve a goal, tactics is where thought is converted into actions that are needed to implement the strategy. In my analysis of the social justice phenomenon I came across some common tactics that have been used throughout history by movements that seek to achieve influence regardless of merit, fact and reason. A great example of this is the communist movement that grew out of Karl Marx’s works in the late 1800s. The history of communism is filled with idealism Continue reading