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Archive of posts published in the tag: Matt Ridley

The Heart of Populism

Populism on the right has risen from the neglect of the values that uphold the market and lack of recognition of the market’s effect on our social values.

Populism on the left has risen from an unfulfilled promise of more democracy and then frustrating it with the administrative state, executive orders and judicial decrees.

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Global Greening

from National Review, Matt Ridley: Climate Change’s Rational Optimist “This is a huge global phenomenon, which is bringing enormous financial benefits to agriculture,” Ridley told me. “That means we have a genuine benefit to carbon dioxide that surely must be taken…

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Capitalism Updated

Progressivism can be viewed as socialism lite, paying homage to the great progress of capitalism while acknowledging some of the limitations of a free market. Social and economic theories develop, mature and evolve as they face the hard tests of…

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Reading 2016 07 20

The Secret History of the Minimum Wage by Diedre McKloskey at Reason Friedman’s Sampler from the WSJ in 2006 What most people really object to when they object to a free market is that it is so hard for them…

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The Genius of Spontaneous Orders

Don Boudreaux in his excellent Cafe Hayek quotes from Matt Ridley’s The Evolution of Everything.  I consider this the best new book of the year followed by Yuval Levin’s The Fractured Republic. Ridley compares the spontaneous order of evolution with…

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When Ideas Start Having Sex

The internet gave rise to Google and Facebook. The iPhone gave rise to Uber. The ideologies are important only to the extent that they facilitated ideas. Our current development is less dependent on assets and physical capital than ideas. We…

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The 34% Consensus

Matt Ridley brings some objectivity to an issue where it is sorely lacking- Climate Change It is a long post and is a compilation of a few of his articles: excerpts: The climate change debate has been polarized into a…

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Mentality of Religious Fanaticism

From Matt Ridley and Benny Peiser  at The Wall Street Journal, Your Complete Guide to the Climate Debate; To put it bluntly, climate change and its likely impact are proving slower and less harmful than we feared, while decarbonization of the…

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Anyone Can Make a Difference

Michael Shermer reviews Matt Ridley’s The Evolution of Everything in The Wall Street Journal excerpt of the review Examples abound in Mr. Ridley’s analysis. To cite a few: “The growth of technology, the sanitation-driven health revolution, the quadrupling of farm…

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Tinkering with Science

From The Wall Street Journal, Matt Ridley, The Myth of Basic Science Innovation is a mysteriously difficult thing to dictate. Technology seems to change by a sort of inexorable, evolutionary progress, which we probably cannot stop—or speed up much either.…

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The True AGW Consensus

Matt Ridley writes My life as a climate lukewarmer- The polarisation of the climate debate has gone too far in his blog, The Rational Optimist. Excerpts: What sealed my apostasy from climate alarm was the extraordinary history of the famous “hockey stick” graph,…

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The Benefits of Fossil Fuels

Matt Ridley writes in The Wall Street Journal, Fossil Fuels Will Save the World (Really) excerpts: Notice, too, the ways in which fossil fuels have contributed to preserving the planet. As the American author and fossil-fuels advocate Alex Epstein points…

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A Consistent Pattern of Exaggeration

Matt Ridley writes My life as a climate lukewarmer- The polarisation of the climate debate has gone too far in his blog, The Rational Optimist. Excerpts: I was not always a lukewarmer. When I first started writing about the threat of global warming…

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AGW Obeisance

Matt Ridley writes My life as a climate lukewarmer- The polarisation of the climate debate has gone too far in his blog, The Rational Optimist. Excerpts: I am a climate lukewarmer. That means I think recent global warming is real,…

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Relative Poverty

Do people mind more about inequality than poverty? from Matt Ridley at his blog The Rational Optimist Excerpt: Here’s another question that I fancy the chimps would beat the people at: did poverty and inequality in Britain increase or decrease…

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Reading Meaning into Nature

The real risks of cherry picking scientific data by Matt Ridley and his blog The Rational Optimist Excerpt: The Tamiflu tale is that some years ago the pharmaceutical company Roche produced evidence that persuaded the World Health Organisation that Tamiflu was effective…

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Consumptive Inequality

Do people mind more about inequality than poverty? from Matt Ridley at his blog The Rational Optimist Excerpt: If you measure consumption inequality, it is far lower than pre-tax income inequality, because the top 40 per cent of earners pay more…

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Lukewarmers

Climate Forecast: Muting the Alarm in the Wall Street Journal by Matt Ridley Excerpt: In climate science, the real debate has never been between “deniers” and the rest, but between “lukewarmers,” who think man-made climate change is real but fairly…

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Dangerous Dogs Acts

In the Wall Street Journal Online Matt Ridley writes Studying the Biases of Bureaucrats.  He poses the question that while we seek to explain the seemingly irrational economic behavior and crowd mentality in market environments, why don’t we question the…

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