Essays and rants on libraries, technology, webdev, etc. by Ruth Collings

Topic: economics

Get a Job

Recently there was a conference with the hashtag #aac14 that brought up discussion on Twitter about preparing students for the job market. These kinds of discussions drive me nuts and usually I avoid them, but hey! I'm unemployed so why not write a blog post about it. As a young


In his book Debt, David Graeber completely crushes the Econ 101 myth that before money people used a system of barter (eg one cow for four goats). Such a system only works if you already look at things in terms of a standard unit of measurement - money. What people

Universal Minimum Income

A universal minimum income, or a guaranteed wage, is an idea I can really get behind. The idea is that everybody within the country get a cheque every month that adds up to a basic standard of living. As Canadians we do already have a number of social security programs