Thursday, March 26, 2015

An Alternative Perspective

In keeping with the title of this blog, I agreed to review a book I would not otherwise have purchased and read.  Though Cast Away rambles from continent to continent and idea to idea (punctuated by interludes and side trips by the author,) the last quarter of the book did have me thinking about exactly what economic system could improve life in this century.  Though "ethosism" is not defined in detail, I did get the gist that individual interactions are what will revolutionize life for those who do not have access to political favors under crony capitalism or various dictatorships,  Reference was made to people making money through micro transactions on or through youtube fame.  

While I have many differences with the author philosophically, I can agree with him that poverty in the world should anger and sadden us.  Much of that poverty is the result of corruption and greed, whether religious or political in nature or simply humanity's sin nature.  As a libertarian and a Christian, I would have us answer poverty by increasing freedom, lowering barriers to prosperity, and encouraging private virtue and sharing.

If you want to read a book that is different, this one certainly is.  Do not read if you are very sensitive/easily offended (in which case you would not have clicked on this blog anyway.)

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