Money can’t buy happiness, but it does buy protection from certain forms of unhappiness

"The Worship of Mammon," by Evelyn De Morgan.

Here’s what we humans already knew and have known since before we started writing things down: Money is not sufficient for happiness. Money is necessary to avoid certain forms of unhappiness. It’s really not that complicated. It only appears complicated to those who: A) have enough money; and B) don’t have enough happiness. [Read more...]

Scenes from the class war


The class war continues and most people are not on the side that’s winning. Lots o’ links, including: Adorable child chimneysweeps for the plutocrat who has everything; $59 in 45 years; permanent inequality; ho-hum, another five years of mass unemployment; reverse incentives; lucky duckies on disability; lucky duckies on food stamps; and capitalist theories of atonement. [Read more...]

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act tests the integrity of the pro-life movement


This legislation matters first of all because it would protect the rights of pregnant workers. But it also matters because it tests the integrity of the pro-life movement. So far, that movement is failing that test. [Read more...]

Scenes from the class war


“The unemployment rate is still at a level which should cause politicians to panic.┬áNo one is panicking.” “If the minimum wage had risen in step with productivity growth [since 1968], it would be over $16.50 an hour today. That is higher than the hourly wages earned by 40 percent of men and half of women.” [Read More...]

To truly be ‘pro-family,’ you have to be pro-worker


We have surrendered the necessary task of advocating on behalf of families to “pro-family” clerics and lobbyists who are more anti-modern than actually pro-family, meaning families do not now have any effective advocates for their interests. Even worse, these “pro-family” clerics and lobbyists have been pushing an anti-feminist, anti-woman agenda that winds up doing real harm to real families. [Read more...]

Why ‘pro-life’ Christians should support Title IX


Pregnant women have advocates in feminist groups like the National Women’s Law Center. In theory, “pro-life” groups should also be forceful advocates for the legal rights, legal protections, and social benefits that pregnant women need. But that help is not always forthcoming. Sadly, the pro-life movement seems more focused on imposing legal limits to the options facing pregnant women than on creating an environment in which such women have greater options, greater opportunities to thrive. [Read more...]

Scenes from the class war


“Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire.” (Oh, and plenty of links.) [Read more...]

Are job-seeker open threads worth reviving?


Are those job-seeker open threads worth reviving? Is the long-shot chance provided by one more venue for “networking” worth the deflating emotional cost of one more venue for disappointment? [Read more...]