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Matt Ridley has a new book out called The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, which I hope to read in the near future. In the meantime, I’ve been perusing the book’s accompanying blog and have been enjoying it thoroughly.
Check out this video that was recently posted:
The overarching premise of Ridley’s book is that humanity has come a long way since the beginning of time, but despite the leaps and bounds of human progress, pessimists are still whining about modern inconveniences and preaching the world’s eventual collapse.
Ridley believes the future isn’t as grim as we think it is because humans will continue to foster prosperity as they always have. But what is the specific path to that prosperity?
“We progress when we trade,” Ridley says, “and we only really trade productively when we trust each other.”
From what I’ve read so far, I would agree with Ridley. However, plenty of evangelical Christians seem wary of globalization and its effects, claiming it is a sign of the end times and an avenue for the Antichrist. The bar code, they will say, is the “mark of the beast,” and live television will be the Read the rest of this entry »
When it comes to music so creative and out-of-the-ordinary, I can’t help but credit the free market and its contributions to prosperity. Centuries ago, artists like Jónsi would have been slaving away for some lord or king and wouldn’t have had the time or the resources to dabble in music, especially something as “silly” as this.
Most of us appreciate the free market when it comes to products necessary for our survival (e.g. modern medicine, central heating, communication avenues, etc.). However, I think we tend to forget that products like Jónsi’s music have also been created thanks to free enterprise.
In today’s Western societies, individuals everywhere are able to Read the rest of this entry »