Thailand is Drowning in Waste! – Part 1: The Challenge

I participated in an interesting summit of academics and government officials towards the end of the summer. The event, “Revitalizing Rural Development for Poverty Eradication in Asia,” featured three tracks of discussions about (1) natural resources and the environment, (2) rights and democratization, & (3) livelihood and wellbeing. I joined the track around natural resources and […]

The Melting Away of North Atlantic Social Democracy

Plutocrats and their ideologues like to claim that too equal an income distribution destroys incentives to work and turns us into a “nation of takers.” But a return to the inequality levels of the 1960s would not turn us into Maoist China. In the relevant range of levels of inequality, it is much more likely […]

It’s time to move beyond growth for growth’s sake

There are two problems with economic growth as a measure of wellbeing. First, the correlation between economic growth and poverty reduction is weak. It’s a reminder that intuition and ‘common sense’ do not always correspond to evidence. Globally, the trends are clear. Since 1990, global gross domestic product (GDP) has increased 271 per cent, and […]

Could you live on $1.90 a day? That’s the international poverty line – Jason Hickel for The Guardian

A few weeks ago the World Bank changed the international poverty line from $1.25 to $1.90 per day. Normally, changes to the poverty line slide by without attracting much attention, but for some reason this time people got excited. At first glance, it looks as if the bank has finally admitted that the old line […]

Lunch on a Budget

Having coffee at the end of a bike ride this afternoon, I overheard the following exchange between an older gentlemen and a cashier:
McChicken and a McDouble today sir?

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

We seem overloaded with problems and headed in negative directions on many fronts. (Environment, society, politics, business, poverty, food, health care, animal & human rights, etc.) On top of that, our governments seem neither  inclined to pursue, nor capable of, corrective action.   If you found this interesting, I welcome you to check out my books. […]