Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Buffett On Taxing the "Super-Rich"

It will be hard to call Warren Buffett a Socialist, but given what I've seen over the weekend, there is sure to be some who will figure out how to discredit a very interesting opinion among the polarized political climate in the US.

Here's his OpEd from the NYT: Stop Coddling the Super-Rich.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Poor Economics - Amazing Website!

Via IIED I came across the Poor Economics website today. Poor Economics is a also a book, full title Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty.

Shouldn't all thinking and learning be done this way?! The website is amazing -- overviews of each chapter in a slide-show format, information on the researchers that for the basis of each chapter, researchers' actual papers and the slides used by the authors to teach the book. Buying the book myself just to support the amazing effort! What a great way to get thinking.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Unfit for Democracy?

This column, Unfit for Democracy? by Mr. Kristof was open on my browser for several days. I have nothing to add, but just wanted to link it to my blog since I hear the claim that some countries are "not ready" for democracy all the time in places I work. Maybe people aren't used to participatory decision making, but I don't think you can go along and keep people from trying. Everyone is working to figure out how to do it better so I'll adopt the William Easterly standard of reciprocity noted at the end: "I don’t support autocracy in your society if I don’t want it in my society."