History and the Current Economic Climate



By Phin Upham

recessionWhat is the cause of the economic downturn in the U.S.? Without mentioning uncertain heuristic adjustments, U.S. industries excluding real estate have been weakening since 1980 in GDP terms. This has been going on even though there were deceptive gains in asset valuations, which in part happened because of reduced volatility, the false hope for productivity gains, and the leverage which compounded the problem. However, this was not the case after the Great Depression. When WWII ended the country’s economy grew at record-breaking speed. Continue reading


Thoughts on Bentham



By Phin Upham

I recently re-read “Bentham’s Philosophical Politics” by James E. Crimmins, included in my book Space of Love and Garbage. James E. Crimmins is Professor of Political theory at Huron College, Ontario. His publications include Secular Utilitarianism: Social Science and the Critique of Religion in the Thought of Jeremy Bentham, Religion, Secularization and Political Thought: Thomas Hobbes to J.S. Mill, Utilitarians and Religion, Bentham’s Auto-Icon, and Related Writings, and On Bentham in the Wadsworth Philosophers series. He is currently researching the writings of American utilitarians and critics, and working on a multi-volume collection of death penalty tracts in Britain and America, 1925–1867. Continue reading