Trade Reality: Laborers Work, the Government Reaps

This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “Trade, Poverty & Inequality.” While trade liberalization undoubtedly improves a country’s economy, economic policies that are biased against laborers cause the population to remain poor. Policy makers need to realize the huge difference between a rich country and rich people.…

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Does Uganda’s Government Care About Climate Change?

This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “Cooperation Game – Preventing a Climate Catastrophe.” The warming earth poses numerous challenges for Uganda. In some parts of the East African nation, crops have dried up, animals are under stress from severe drought, and farmers are cultivating wetlands and…

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Five Reasons Why We Need a New Perspective on Consumption

This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “Towards Sustainable Consumption.” The concept of “sustainable consumption” comes from the straightforward insight about the limits of our ecology to sustain the Earth’s burgeoning population; as one African elder summarized the meaning of sustainable consumption: “Enough. For all. Forever.” What…

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Religion as a Starting Point

This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “Can Religion Help Solve Global Problems?” In lower Manhattan, a small blue plaque hanging on a wrought iron fence describes the building behind the gate. The building is St. Paul’s Chapel, built in 1766 and a towering example of religion’s…

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Education Inequality: Why Those Who Are Born Poor Die Poor

This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “Trade, Poverty, and Inequality.” In my dictionary, poverty and inequality go side by side. Poverty is defined as the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support. Educational inequality makes poverty a lifetime condition–especially…

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