Posts Tagged ‘progress

This is my latest article for the Spiked Review of Books The Great Gatsby has become a phenomenon. Not only is there a new blockbuster film, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, but also plays, dance performances and even computer games. The novel sells hundreds of thousands of copies every year and is almost [...]

This is a comment by me on the Guardian’s comment is free website As the tallest building in Europe it dwarfs the others in the capital. Its distinctive style stands at odds with the historical buildings in the city centre. Prominent writers complained about its construction but the city’s inhabitants have generally come to love [...]

I am opposing the motion that “the global elite serves the masses” in an Economist online debate. Please feel free to participate here.

Those who want to keep up with the latest economics books, admittedly a niche taste, cannot do much better than follow Diane Coyle’s Enlightened Economist blog. The British economics writer somehow manages to read a huge number of books on economics. Those who want to know an overview of the latest forthcoming titles would do [...]

Those looking for facts to show how the world is generally improving look like having another excellent source of information. Charles Kenny’s Getting Better follows the likes of Indur Goklany, Bjorn Lomborg and Matt Ridley in showing how prosperity is benefiting humanity. For those particularly interested in the third world his work should be especially [...]

How a different America responded to the Great Depression, Pew Research Center, by Jodie T Allen. Opinion poll evidence suggests Americans were more optimistic in the late 1930s than they are now. A Czar is born, Claremont Review of Books, Joseph Postell. A review of books by Cass Sunstein including Nudge. Matt Ridley on technology, [...]

Hans Rosling, professor of international health at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, shows how economic growth is strongly associated with rising life expectancy over the longer term (see 13 June 2010 post for more on Gapminder). His BBC 4 documentary on the Joy of Stats is broadcast today in Britain.

Avoid US route: Indian minister says American way is ‘recipe for disaster’, the Guardian, by Jason Burke. Jairam Ramesh, the Indian environment minister, tells the British newspaper that Indians should not aim for an American lifestyle. How to live with climate change (subscription may be required), the Economist.  The Economist argues that the best protection [...]

Two reports I hope to study in detail as soon as I have more time. By far the most important is the 20th anniversary edition of the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report. From what I have read so far the report is interesting for two reasons. First, for its attempt to measure how [...]

Lord Peter Mandelson, a former British business minister and European Union trade commissioner, has an entirely unoriginal opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal Europe headlined “Prosperity is more than just money”. He uses the release of the latest version of the Legatum Prosperity Index, for which he spoke at the launch, to make the [...]