Samford goes on Fall Break this weekend. In my principles of macro class, we just spent two weeks talking about the institutional causes of the wealth of nations as well as the Solow growth model. As you get ready for the weekend, here are a few things to help you ruminate on what is possible in a world of free people who value commerce and innovation.

Peter Diamandis, “Abundance is our future” at TED:

Alex Tabarrok, “How ideas trump crises”



Videos of Matt Ridley talking about why he is a Rational Optimist

*This is also the title of an essay by John Maynard Keynes.