Are we too Materialistic?

it doesn’t seem to make sense to suggest that there might be such a thing as good materialism. After all isn’t materialism just plain bad always? It can seem as if we’re faced with a stark choice. Either you can be materialistic and that means obsessed with money and possessions shallow and selfish, or you […]


For most of history, the overwhelming majority of the Earth’s inhabitants have owned, more or less, nothing. The clothes they stood up in, some bowls, a pot and a pan, perhaps a broom and, if things were going really well, a few farming implements. Nations and peoples remained consistently poor. Global GDP did not grow […]

The Problem of Freedom and Civil Society

Although San Agustin (354-430) is the first author to deal more or less generally with the issue of civil society, it is not until the 19th century (within a panorama characterized by an accelerated scientific and technical development) that its model concept originated, which was conceived by the Prussian philosopher Hagel (1772-1831), who, in addition […]

Introduction to Business, Government, and Society

>>Hello. Welcome to the business responsibilities in society course. My name is Duncan Pelly, and I’ll be your instructor over the next 15 lessons. In my very biased opinion, this is one of the most interesting courses that you’ll have during your university career because it has just a little bit of something for everyone. […]

Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society: Technique, Both Left and Right (Ch 1)

okay I’m on to chapter 1 of Jacques Ellul the technological society probably the hardest thing about this book is really having a complete grasp of what the rule means by technique notice that he doesn’t use the word technology but technique and from Chapter one right away we learn that though technique can encompass […]

Debt, service, and the origins of capitalism

I’m actually gonna read some of this I don’t usually read the papers that that I’m supposed to read up but I finished writing this at about 4:00 a.m. last night and and I haven’t actually read it yet I think it makes sense but I wanted to say something new having this whole conference […]

“The Press in a Free Society” by Ayn Rand

miss ran very happy to have you with us again our subject this week is the role of the press and let me begin by asking you what ought to be the role of the press in a free society on the broadest sense of the world the press means all media of communication as […]

2. Southern Society: Slavery, King Cotton, and Antebellum America’s “Peculiar” Region

Professor David Blight: Well, go South with me today. We’re going to take up this question initially of–it’s an old, old, old American question–how peculiar, or distinctive, or different is the American South? That used to be a question you could ask in quite some comfort. The “Dixie difference,” as a recent book title called […]

“Politics of a Free Society” by Ayn Rand

miss Rand is it possible to speak in meaningful terms of a political system independent of the economic and social systems that we have discussed in previous programs no it is impossible to speak of a political system independently of economics or vice versa of economics independently of politics let’s identify our terms clearly what […]