The effectiveness of Roman Emperor Alexios I Komnenos’ fiscal policy

Most of the reign of Alexios I Komnenos (1081-1118) was marked by a considerable amount of confusion in the rural economy with far reaching inconsistencies in the operation of the Byzantine taxation system. Continue reading “The effectiveness of Roman Emperor Alexios I Komnenos’ fiscal policy”

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Turning desert sand into farmland: Chinese scientists propose a revolutionary solution to desertification

Desertification, when fertile land dries into desert, is a global problem. According to Dr Steffen Bauer, an ecological expert at the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, as much as 40 per cent of the world is ‘dryland’. And that puts much of it in danger of desertification. Surprisingly, though fragile, these areas hold roughly 44 per cent of the world’s farms. They’re also called home by about 2 billion people, warn the editors of Governing Global Desertification. Continue reading “Turning desert sand into farmland: Chinese scientists propose a revolutionary solution to desertification”

Εφηβεία μακράς διαρκείας στις χώρες του σύγχρονου κόσμου

Η εφηβεία σήμερα διαρκεί από την ηλικία των 10 μέχρι των 24 ετών παρότι έως τώρα θεωρείτο ότι διαρκεί μέχρι τα 19, υποστηρίζουν οι επιστήμονες, όπως αναφέρει το ΒΒC.  Continue reading “Εφηβεία μακράς διαρκείας στις χώρες του σύγχρονου κόσμου”

Capitalism and the Spirit of the Church Fathers

by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Saint Vlassios
Deification of money, hedonism and easy living are the things that prevail in the age we are living in. The utilization and exploitation of money came to be developed within Protestant circles, within a morality that presumed money to be God’s blessing and the rich as those blessed by God. This topic has been expounded in detail by Max Weber in his widely-known classic, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. In it, he maintains that Capitalism, the rationalized utilization of money and life, are the result of all the principles that were developed by the various Protestant groups in Europe.

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