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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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We have seen that life expectancy has been improving all across the planet. It is one of the most important measures of well-being. Yet most people think of income when they think of prosperity. Rightly so. Income is correlated with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Kruse Kronicle
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Alongside life expectancy, a second measure of prosperity demographers frequently use is the child mortality rate. The child mortality rate is the number of children that die between birth and their fifth birthday, per 1,000 live births. Because the first... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Kruse Kronicle
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Demographers commonly use life expectancy rates as a measure of societal well-being. Life expectancy is the number of years someone is expected to live at the time they are born based on actuarial science. Long life is a universal indicator... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Kruse Kronicle
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Is the state of world getting better or getting worse? How would you answer that question? What indicators would you use? For Christians, our mission is to seek the greatest shalom possible in the world, always cognizant that shalom in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Kruse Kronicle
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Alice Dreger's "Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science," is one of the most refreshing books I have read recently. Dreger is a professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Kruse Kronicle
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Were Slaves Immigrants? Yes. If that answer troubles you, please hear me out. Ben Carson touched off a firestorm this week when he referred to slaves as immigrants. (Barak Obama has done the same several times.) The uproar has been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Kruse Kronicle
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This article from October 2015, asks, Are We Recycling Too Much? Our study made the first known attempt to combine these various costs and benefits into one analysis to estimate what recycling rate is best. Our conclusion was that recycling... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Kruse Kronicle
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Last night, the president said there are 94 million people "out of the labor force" needing a job. No. The number of people wanting a job is about 14 million people. Let us do the math: US Population = 330... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Kruse Kronicle
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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
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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
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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
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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
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“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
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... but sometimes it rhymes. Save Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Kruse Kronicle
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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