India’s Poverty is a Crime

To a recent post on the great enrichment and the great divergence, Prabhudesai posted this comment:

US and India comparison just depresses me. 300 years ago USA was basically just a country with barely any history, culture, any achievements, no educational system, no philosophers, artists, kings. Basically a large tract of land with lots of warring tribes that were oblivious to the outside world. Then a bunch uneducated sailors arrived on this land and soon they became the engine of the world capable of landing men on the moon.

Sometime in the 1990s my family considered buying a two-wheeler. It was hard to get one. Rarely any used models were available and for new items there was a much longer waiting period. Rajdoot and Chetak were the most popular two wheelers but we settled for a cheaper “Moped” that ran on petrol, had peddles and was probably had a 60cc engine. Continue reading “India’s Poverty is a Crime”

How to Think about Climate Change

The previous post was just a brief poll about climate change. Here’s an excellent presentation by Dr William Happer which I believe makes a lot of sense. The presentation was at Hilldale College just a couple of weeks ago.

I am a big opponent of what I call “climate change hysteria.” I wrote this Climate Change Hysteria Considered Dangerous back in 2017. The TL;DR Summary:

The global hysteria whipped up by certain groups regarding climate change is fascinating. It represents a toxic mixture of politics, economics, science, ignorance, myopia, stupidity, fear, hubris, technology, power dynamics, racism, benevolence, malevolence and arrogance.

Climate is changing, as it always has. The data show the rise in temperature. Humans affect climate. Humans adjust to change too. Technological advances in the near future will allow humans control over the environment. Doing anything to control C02 emissions now by edict will be too expensive, be extremely harmful to the poor, will shift resources from other important matters, and have no discernible benefits for future generations. Continue reading “How to Think about Climate Change”