Saturday, April 08, 2017
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
The good news is that global poverty at the very bottom has been cut in half in the past generation.
The surprising news is that most people think global poverty is as bad as ever, and maybe getting worse.
Sure, there are still hundreds of millions desperately poor. But there are now billions of people who are not.
In the 1970s the world changed from mostly very poor, to mostly not very poor.
And the even better news: desperate poverty keeps declining.
Sunday, April 02, 2017
There are right-wing movements all over the world. Some are in more market-oriented societies, some in strong welfare states, some in state-authoritarian economies. Their economic policies, likewise, range from populist social provision to you're-on-your-own-Jack austerity.
What they have in common is ethnic nationalism.
The Trump vote was driven more by white racial resentment than by economic dislocation.
I believe other studies will find similar things about the rise of right-wing populism in other countries, as well.