Something to Read: Ricky Gervais, Wendell Berry

This blog has been having a holiday because, well because it's the holidays! But seriously, I am busy reading and writing. Reading stuff on a new Kindle. And on the web. Writing a bit on the side and thinking a lot. Here are a few pieces that I particularly liked. From the UTNE Reader, a … Continue reading Something to Read: Ricky Gervais, Wendell Berry

On Cities and my Continued Education

A wonderful side-effect of blogging is that readers help you with your education. Long-time readers know of my obsession with urbanization as an instrument of development. So whenever an article on the importance of cities and urbanization appears in the popular media, I get a dozen emails from people telling me about it. One such … Continue reading On Cities and my Continued Education

Wikileaks is good for the Third World

The other day a friend asked me, "I have often heard about India being a third-world country. What exactly is the third world?" It struck me that most of us are ignorant about what that exactly means. I said to my friend that "third world" was an euphemism for “desperately poor extremely underdeveloped starving nations … Continue reading Wikileaks is good for the Third World

Wikileaks Will Make The World A Safer Place

Jonathan Swift, author of the English classic Gulliver's Travels (1726), had pithily observed that "when a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him." I would be going over the top to pass Julian Assange on that genius test but seeing the army … Continue reading Wikileaks Will Make The World A Safer Place