Elijah Lim is a third-year Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of Western Australia, majoring in economics. In 2014, Elijah will be on exchange at the National University in Singapore. Bored after two years of studying economics, he is instead pursuing his passion for philosophy and political theory while on exchange.
Aside from his academic studies, Elijah loves his literature and poetry. He’s also ardent classical music fan to boot.
Elijah reflects on three and a half years of economics, and what it has meant to him.
Elijah discusses how the Zollverein – a customs union and free trade area – played a pivotal role in the economic and political evolution of German-speaking states in the 19th century, eventually leading to the creation of the German Empire.
Elijah takes us to Hamburg and reflects on the city’s heritage as a flourishing centre of the Hanseatic League.
Elijah Lim explores the transcendentalists of 19th century America and their attempt to create their utopian community. Is it possible to create a social system that fits perfectly with a theological or philosophical scheme?
Elijah Lim reflects on the story of American Shakerism: though celibacy and communism were the two cornerstones upon which the Shaker communes were founded, they were what eventually led to their decline.
Elijah discusses the Puritan settlement of New England and how it was the ideal environment for the development of a new secular, capitalist ethic.
Elijah Lim examines the importance of economic reforms in improving conditions for Aboriginal Australians.
Elijah Lim ponders life after uni. He questions whether that ideal, well-paid job is in fact the key to a happy life, referring to Hegelian and Marxian theories of ‘alienation’.
Elijah Lim explores Iran’s recent economic and political history while considering the effects of a potential lifting of international sanctions.
Elijah Lim discusses the long history and transformation of Coles and Woolworths, from their humble beginnings to becoming Australia’s dominant supermarket giants.
Elijah Lim continues his appraisal of carbon emissions policy to answer the question: can climate change action be reconciled with capitalism, and how?
Elijah Lim undertakes a 2-part exploration of the all-too familiar trade-off between prosperity and environmental sustainability. In this first installment, Lim outlines the inherent incompatibility between capitalism and the “Green” movement, and what this means for policy makers.