VIDEO: 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

…..a breathtaking digital animation narrated by Swedish economist Hans Rosling. It shows the impact of the Industrial Revolution and more recent global economic shifts on the quality of health in every country in the world for the past two centuries.  Prepare to be challenged! [Read more…]

Why Poor People Stay Poor

An article was published recently in Slate about this; it’s an excerpt from Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado.  Her point is that it’s hard to follow the good advice that exists about saving money when you have no money and no safety net. Thought-provoking. Check it out. One time I [Read More…]

Households and economic injustice in the Old Testament

By Keith Reeves In the first part of this article we looked at how the family is foundational to property systems and economic flourishing in the Old Testament. The household was simultaneously a familial unit and an economic unit, and the connection between the two was of essential importance. In this second part, we will look [Read More…]

Family, land, and households in the Old Testament

By Keith Reeves The connection between the family and ownership of land – economic production – is central to the Bible’s picture of social order. The household of biblical times was both a familial and economic unit. Today we tend to think of familial and economic relationships separately, which has profound implications for our society. [Read More…]

Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

We just ran into this fascinating article at The Atlantic (it’s a couple years old, but it’s been going around Facebook, so that makes it new again, right?) It argues that poverty actually causes changes in the way the brain operates: Science published a landmark study concluding that poverty, itself, hurts our ability to make [Read More…]

Ayn Rand Didn’t Understand Capitalism. Or Altruism. Or Christianity. Or Reality.

Rand had an almost complete misunderstanding of capitalism. She confused self-interest with selfishness. [Read more…]