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How having more money can make you anxious

People think that money can solve all of their problems. Yes, there’s the old saw about how “money can’t buy happiness”, but usually people see past that and think, “yeah, but it would certainly help“. And that’s true. When you’re at the lower end of the income scale, more money can certainly help. If you … Continue reading »

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If you’re not wealthy, is it your fault?

I’m troubled. I was listening to a program on the radio (which I’ll leave unnamed for reasons you’ll see soon). It was one of the 27 various programs on financial wellness that seem to pepper the AM dial at any given time. On the program, the host was talking about people who had become millionaires. … Continue reading »

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There is no glory in poverty

Henry Rollins, who I’ve previously mentioned as being an honorary Unlikely Radical, perhaps the one that I aspire to be like the most, once joked at a spoken word show about a fictitious performance art piece, one with the pretension level amped up to its highest level. In it he mused that he would: “…pound all these symbols of … Continue reading »

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The problems with charity

  Ultimately, I think the system of charity, which is hard enough to engage in as it is, is all wrong. The system as it stands right now is: those who have more choose to give to those who have less. Sounds altruistic and unassailable, right? There are two problems that spring to mind: being … Continue reading »

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Why giving to charity is hard

  You are fortunate. If you are reading this—and I am profiling you now—chances are that you have all of your basics covered (food, shelter, clothing, transportation). You may not be wealthy or buying your own island or anything, but by non-status measures, you’re doing fine. There are a worrying amount of people out there … Continue reading »

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On poverty and self-description

  When you’re offering advice, it’s sometimes hard to know what kind of tack to take to be most effective. Would it be best to offer some gentle hand-holding, or do they need a swift kick in the pants? I prefer the hand-holding approach, at least most of the time. I know that some people … Continue reading »

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How to live on a very tight budget

  I talk a lot about various ways to get your financial life in line. This isn’t because I think that money is the most important thing, or that we should spend a lot of time on it in our lives. Quite the opposite; a little bit of planning and intention with money, and you … Continue reading »

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