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What a Wonderful World

David Henderson
october 2, 2017

We often hear, especially if we listen to the news a lot, that the world is in bad shape--whether measured by poverty, nutrition, violence, or environmental degradation--is getting worse. But, as economist David R. Henderson shows in his review of Johan Norberg's book Progress, that is the opposite of the truth. On all those dimensions the world is getting much better and is likely to get even better still.
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Arnold Kling

The Sociology of Sociologists

Arnold Kling
October 2, 2017
If economics is the realm of trade and exchange, what is the realm of sociology? This month, Arnold Kling takes a look at radical French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu in the context of an intellectual biography by David Swartz. While Kling finds much in Bourdieu's approach attractive, Bourdieu's insistence on the ubiquity of conflict moves him too close to nihilism for Kling's comfort.
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THINKING STRAIGHT

Anthony de Jasay

Could Kim Jong-un Really Mean It?

Anthony de Jasay
October 2, 2017
A war of words has recently erupted between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un, but will anything come of it? Anthony de Jasay delves deeper in this month's column.
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AN ECONOMIST LOOKS AT EUROPE

Pedro Schwartz

Unilateral Commercial Disarmament

Pedro Schwartz
October 2, 2017
Great Britain has a storied free trade history, but can it recapture the free trade glory of the 19th century in the post-Brexit world? This month, Pedro Schwartz revisits the story of international trade in the United Kingdom, searching for lessons relevant for her people today.
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