On Technology, Prosperity and Dysfunctional Ideologies

We take it as a given, almost a fact of nature like the seasons or the geography of continents, that different parts of the world enjoy different levels of prosperity. But there's nothing "natural" about this since this is almost entirely within human control. The differences are stark, and at one end of the scale, … Continue reading On Technology, Prosperity and Dysfunctional Ideologies

In Praise of Dead White Men

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva's recent accusation that the financial crisis was caused by "white people with blue eyes" at a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Brown is illuminating if not entirely accurate. [1] Everyone involved in the financial crisis certainly does not have blue eyes, although they may all be … Continue reading In Praise of Dead White Men

India and Australia

There can be no doubt that Australia is looming larger and larger on the Indian horizon. Speaking personally, thanks to my participation with the LAFIA2008 -- Leading Australia's Future in Asia-Pacific -- delegation in July, I have gained an increased appreciation of the issues that will draw Australia and India into a deeper strategic and … Continue reading India and Australia

Religious Affiliation in the US

A NY Times report by Neela Banerjee refers to a new survey of religious affiliation by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The report shows, for example, that every religion is losing and gaining members, but that the Roman Catholic Church “has experienced the greatest net losses as a result of affiliation changes.” … Continue reading Religious Affiliation in the US

Debunking Myths about China and India

Pranab Bardhan, a professor of mine at UC Berkeley, whom we have met before here (see Crouching Tiger, Lumbering Elephant, and Pranab Bardhan on the Indian Economy, for instance) has an excellent article in the Boston Review titled "What Makes a Miracle: Some myths about the Rise of China and India." (Hat tip: Yuvaraj Galada.) … Continue reading Debunking Myths about China and India