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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Denmark became a central topic during the Democrats' debate last week. Bernie Sanders wants calls himself a democratic socialist. Hilary Clinton loves Denmark but is dismissive of the idea that America can be Denmark. This inspired a number of articles... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
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Business Insider: 20 cognitive biases that screw up your decisions A great infographic from Business Insider. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
AP: How Nobel winner's work links international aid and poverty Angus Deaton has dug into obscure data to explore a range of problems: The scope of poverty in India. How poor countries treat young girls. The link between income inequality... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
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BBC: World Bank: Extreme poverty 'to fall below 10%' The World Bank has said that for the first time less than 10% of the world's population will be living in extreme poverty by the end of 2015. The bank said... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
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The Globe and Mail: The world has improved since 2000 – but not because we planned it Millennium Development Goals: ... ... The headline goal, of cutting the proportion of people living in poverty in half, was achieved five years... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
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The SATtalks begin next week in Kansas City, October 8-10. What are they about? They are about Mission 3.0: Like many others in the world, the church is realizing it is no longer enough to simply “do good.” The good... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
This video is funny and disturbing at the same time. Good intentions, stereotypes, and warm fuzzies can be destructive. Thinking with an economic lens that evaluates actual outcomes is essential. Yet, attempts to bring such a lens to the conversation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
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Business Insider: How GDP shares have shifted across the world since 1000 AD Interesting graph. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
YouTube: Don't Panic - How to End Poverty in 15 Years (This World documentary) "The legendary statistical showman Professor Hans Rosling returns with a feast of facts and figures as he examines the extraordinary target the world commits to this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
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FCS Urban Ministries: Big Heart to Love the Abandoned Bob Lupton has an excellent piece on how most orphans in Haiti are in fact children who have been unwillingly abandoned because their parents are without the means to care for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
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Interesting graph from the Economist. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
The Atlantic: The Enduring Myth of Black Criminality "In his upcoming October cover story, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores how mass incarceration has affected African American families. "There's a long history in this country of dealing with problems in the African American... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle