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Featured Article: John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

John Lubbock
Sir John Lubbock, 4th Baronet, 1st Baron Avebury, PC FRS (April 30, 1834 – May 28, 1913), English banker, politician, biologist and archaeologist was born the son of Sir John William Lubbock, Bart. Known as Sir John Lubbock, 4th Baronet from 1865 until 1900, when he received the title Baron Avebury, he was a polymath. He began his working life as a banker working with his family's company, served as a Member of Parliament for many years, and was also involved with entomology, botany, biology, archaeology, and ethnology.

He became famous among the general public in Britain when he introduced the Act that established the dates of Bank Holidays. In the academic sphere, he helped establish archaeology as a scientific discipline, coining the terms Paleolithic and Neolithic and contributing to the preservation of the Avebury site, as well as publishing books and articles on topics as diverse as wild flowers, the behavior of insects, the intelligence of animals, and the origin of human civilization. He was also influential in nineteenth-century debates concerning evolutionary theory, having made friends with Charles Darwin at a young age.

Sir John Lubbock accomplished much in his life, using his abilities not just to serve his own interests and to advance knowledge but also to improve the the lives of ordinary people and to preserve ancient monuments that link us to our past.

Popular Article: Socialist economics

Das Kapital by Karl Marx
Socialist economics is a term which refers in its descriptive sense to the economic effects of nations with large state sectors where the government directs the kind and nature of production. In a normative sense, it applies to economic theories which advance the idea that socialism is both the most equitable and most socially serviceable form of economic arrangement for the realization of human potentialities.

However, particularly when featuring a planned economy, attempts to put socialist economics into practice have failed. Critics of socialist economics argue that human beings are beings of free will and their success in any endeavor comes from their free pursuit of desires and the fulfillment of their individual potentials. No centralized system run by a distant government, even if well-meaning, can take into account the diversity of needs and contributions of all people. Socialist economics, despite aiming to care for all people and provide fair distribution of wealth, lacks sufficient understanding of human nature to establish a society that can succeed in doing so.