Howard Richards

Howard Richards is a philosopher of Social Science who works with the concepts of basic cultural structures and constitutive rules.

A Call to Practice an Ethic of Care by Sharing Surplus

Given the institutions that today´s dominant economic science and today´s prevailing common sense assume, sustainable good jobs for everybody, paid for by the wage funds created by the sale of products the employees contribute to making, will never happen. There…

What is Economics?

1. Another formulation of the same question would be What does the voice “economics” do? 2. Or what are we doing with that voice? 3. I start from the assumption that every time we open our mouths to articulate words,…

Fratelli Tutti and the Great Reset

Pope Francis on October 3, 2020, released at a ceremony at the tomb of St. Francis in Assisi his latest encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti. Less than four months previously, Klaus Schwab and his co-author Thierry Malleret launched Covid-19: The Great…

Who are we? Where are we going? How will we get there?

It may help to precede my answers with a methodological remark, starting from Heidegger`s Jedes Fragen ist ein Suchen (Every question is a seeking). (Sein und Zeit (Being and Time), on or near p. 5 in every German or English…

Embrace communities to save humanity and the Planet

Now is a time to emphasize what we should always do anyway, namely: align across sectors for the common good. The unbounded idea includes sharing surplus, moving resources from where they are not needed to where they are needed, following the ancient…

Selectively Unwalking the Path of History

I would like to help you out. Which way did you come in? I would like to suggest a way to make the impossible possible, starting from the premise that the basic juridical principles and cultural premises of the global…

A Solution to Keynes´ Problem

´Keynes´ Problem´ is the lack of sufficient business activity in a modern market society. It is an economic problem that morphs into any number of crucial political and social problems. People depend on business activity to provide essential goods, and…

Corruption

This is a note which purpose is to get the reader interested in theory, by showing that theory matters for practice. We are not trying to sell you our theory, but we do have a theory. It says that modern…

Ending Mass Unemployment and Poverty

The causa causans Keynes identified in a passage cited in the previous note was investment*. Investment by profit-seeking investors is regarded as the source of employment. If it stops, employment, stops. At least that is true when one sees the…

The Humans and the Viruses: The World Economic Forum and the Coronaviruses

The humans and the viruses are two forms of life with parallel but different adaptive strategies. According to the abbreviated story I am offering you, our pre-hominid ancestors crossed the line separating non-human from human and became homo sapiens when…