Some Links

by Don Boudreaux on March 28, 2011

in Complexity & Emergence, Crime, Data, Growth, Health, Inequality, Property Rights, The Economy, The Future, Video

Charles Kenny, in the Sept./Oct. 2010 issue of Foreign Policy, explains that the 20-aughts were among the very best years in human history by a number of relevant measures.  (HT Fred Dent)  Here are the final two paragraphs:

Perhaps technology also helps account for the striking disconnect between the reality of worldwide progress and the perception of global decline. We’re more able than ever to witness the tragedy of millions of our fellow humans on television or online. And, rightly so, we’re more outraged than ever that suffering continues in a world of such technological wonder and economic plenty.

Nonetheless, if you had to choose a decade in history in which to be alive, the first of the 21st century would undoubtedly be it. More people lived lives of greater freedom, security, longevity, and wealth than ever before. And now, billions of them can tweet the good news. Bring on the ‘Teenies.

Carpe Diem’s Mark Perry seizes the opportunity to bring to our attention these clips of the late, great Milton Friedman.  Here, here, and here.

Arnold Kling on Tyler Cowen on Michael Spence & Sandile Hlatshwayo.

Bryan Caplan on Matt Zwolinski on the deserving poor.

One of my many fine colleagues over at GMU Law, Ilya Somin, applauds California Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to abolish that state’s 400 local “redevelopment agencies.“  I join in the applause.

Overlawyered’s Walter Olson exposes the very bad idea of bonuses for prosecuting attorneys.  (HT Larry Ribstein)

And here’s Bjorn Lomborg, writing in USA Today, on “Earth Hour.”

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Ryan Vann March 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm

The first response in the Kenny article is better than the actual Kenny article.

Emerson White March 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm

They talk about how things are getting better but people think that they are getting worse in the OT of the bible. It’s nothing new.

BR Kelley March 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm

What kind of economist vacations in Italy only to think of the “deserving poor”? No, not vino and pasta, opera and art, but the deserving poor! Pfft.

nailheadtom March 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm

“. It is easy to forget that while sunlight is renewable, subsidies certainly aren’t.
Similarly, many environmentalists enthusiastically endorsed government financial support for biofuel as a silver bullet to cut carbon emissions. The subsidies are now massive and entrenched, and one-sixth of the world’s corn supply is burned just to help fuel America’s cars, contributing to the highest-ever food prices and increasing starvation.”
Thanks, corporatists and eco-freaks.

WFH Market March 31, 2011 at 5:20 am

Technology is growing faster and faster…Now we’re more able than ever to witness the tragedy of millions of our fellow humans on television or online..

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