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Michael W. Kruse
Kansas City, MO
Blogger and writer, currently working on a book tentatively titled "The Great Divergence and Christian Mission."
Interests: history, digital photography, writing, technology, soccer, jesus, emerging culture, road trips, practical theology, economic issues, urban hiking, presbyterian pcusa, annoying presbyterians
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The following quote comes from Runaway World: How Globalization is Reshaping Our Lives. It was written in 1998, by British sociologist, Anthony Giddens. What Globalisation is, and whether it is in any way new, are the focus of intense debate.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Kruse Kronicle
What are the economic merits of Free Trade Coffee? In this video, my friend Victor Claar (professor of economics at Henderson State University) gives a 25 minute presentation about the economics of fair trade. It was originally given at the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Kruse Kronicle
It is easy to become obsessed with challenges and threats we see before us today. It is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and to see the tremendous good that is happening in the world. Here are six... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
Satirist and humorist Douglas Adams, probably best known for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, once wrote: "Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
For most Americans living today, there has been a presumption that our children's lives will be more prosperous than own. The American Dream, whatever particularities might include, has always included this assumption. It is virtually a social contract. Is the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
“Increasing mobility has left us uprooted and disconnected from communities in America.” This is a common refrain going back at least 100 years. Think of the song following World War I that asked how are you going to keep them... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
... but sometimes it rhymes. Save Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
Question. When it comes to breathing, do you prefer inhaling or exhaling? I have asked this question many times and it always elicits a chuckle. Clearly if you choose one over the other, you end up dead. And if your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
The Kruse Kronicle byline is, “Contemplating the intersection of work, the global economy, and Christian Mission.” While politics is not the primary focus of this blog, it is impossible to escape how this presidential election is reshaping Christian Mission for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
Working on some projects. I will return to blogging at some point in November. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
One of the most persistent worries about population and economic growth is that we will eventually use up all our resources and land. It is based on the intuitive (but false) assumption that if it takes X acreage of land... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
Anthropogenic driven climate change is a fact. As the climate changes, the poorest of humanity will suffer the greatest. The most ardent climate activists tell us this is settled science. So settled that to question these conclusions puts you in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
Life expectancy at birth is one of the single best indicators of societal well-being. So many things have to work well for the great majority of people to live long lives that the high life expectancy serves as proxy for... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
Bloomberg had an excellent piece by science journalist Faye Flam, titled It's an Outrage! See? Look How Outraged I Am! Her lead is "Science is starting to shed some light on the curiously continuous cycle of moral outrages." Expressions of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
New York Times reporter Eduardo Porter has an excellent piece about how ideology shapes our embrace/rejection of science. The left loves to harangue about the "anti-science" right when in fact the left participates just as much in the same anti-science... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
Many Americans, especially progressives, are now “socialists.” The rise of Bernie Sanders has had much to do with it. Yet, when I hear them talk, I keep hearing Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
The world is becoming a better place. It is not utopia. We are not without substantial challenges. But we are becoming (as in movement along a trajectory) better (as in measurably improved according to a standard.) The Human Development Index... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
Are you smarter than a chimp? When it comes to knowledge about global socioeconomic trends, there is a good chance you are not. For years, Swedish global health expert, Hans Rosling, has been giving Ted talks and making presentations about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
Hans Rosling and Ola Rosling are truly brilliant and entertaining. The first part of this video highlights how poorly we assess what is happening in the world. The back half gives some simple tips on how to avoid developing false... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
Once again, Oxfam is circulating their statistic that 62 people have as much wealth at the bottom half of the world’s population. Think about that for a moment. When you read that, what do you think that means? Particularly, what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
Virginia Postrel has an interesting article at Bloomberg "Progressive and Racist. Woodrow Wilson Wasn't Alone," a book review Thomas Lenoard's Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics and American Economics in the Progressive Era. Here are a few key quotes: The progressives believed,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
It’s the end of the world as we know it – because the world is getting remarkably better! Almost every indicator of human well-being shows improvement on a global basis. We live in the best era in human history. How... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
An excellent video that will make you an expert on what has happened with Syria. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Alan Murray at Fortune summarizes a more lengthy piece by Geoff Colvin called Why every aspect of your business is about to change. Here is my summary of Murray's summary: 1. You don't need a lot of physical capital. ...... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
This chart comes from Timothy Taylor's post The Shifting World Distribution of Income. One notable thing I saw was that median annual income (measured in purchasing power parity dollars) doubled from 2003 to 2013. This chart suggests it will double... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle