Brexit strains Britain’s social fabric

Last Thursday, as voters across the United Kingdom cast ballots on their future within the European Union, I was in Dublin attending an academic conference. The professors, graduate students, and other various representatives of the professional intellectual class that I spoke with there all seemed quite confident that the Brits would stay in Europe.… MORE >>

Small-town museums, big time impacts

Elbow, Saskatchewan—a funny name for a village, so named because it is on the “elbow” of the South Saskatchewan River. To get to Elbow, you have to turn off of the road to the village of Eyebrow, named for an eyebrow-shaped moraine on its outskirts.… MORE >>

Angus Deaton argues for prioritizing local needs

In fighting poverty, it’s a long-standing question about whether or not it’s better to help poor people at home or overseas. Angus Deaton, last year’s Nobel Laureate in Economics, makes a forceful case that overseas aid is less effective and less necessary than aid spent in our country.… MORE >>

On the free speech allowed for climate skeptics

Sometime in the past two years the Left got a notion that the best way to win the debate over climate change was to declare anyone who disagreed with the received wisdom that the planet was steadily warming was to send them to prison.… MORE >>

On the presidents of the Ford Foundation

One of my useless achievements is that I think I can name all the presidents of the Ford Foundation without having to look them up. But even though I can name them, I can’t tell you what they were like.… MORE >>

On the newest device that will save the Third World from disease

About every three years, someone invents some sort of miraculous device, which will revolutionize science and/or public health in the Third World. Articles by Carolyn Kormann in the New Yorker and Ed Yong in The Atlantic describe the most recent of these—the Foldscope.… MORE >>

An Aristocratic America?

America is the great democratic experiment, but it has been transformed into an aristocracy. And it’s not an aristocracy of the “one percent.” In fact, many of the “one percenters” are entrepreneurs who have risen from modest beginnings to the very top echelons of wealth and influence, and thereby reinforced the democratic American dream.… MORE >>

On coast guards NOT run by government money

One of the arguments statists like to make is that a particular government function is so complicated that the private sector can never handle it. Take, for example, the heroic and necessary task of rescuing people who are in the middle of the ocean.… MORE >>

In the midst of poverty, classical music enriches the lives of the Congolese

One of the more obnoxious myths about the poor is that because they’re poor, they’ll never amount to anything, therefore it’s up to us enlightened Westerners to come in and give the poor the tools they need to advance in life.… MORE >>

Vegetables rescued from partisan bias make for good eating

I’ve been spending too much time staring at screens lately, so I feel I ought to go out and do some reporting. But this post is on a meal I didn’t get to eat.… MORE >>
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