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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
Recent Activity
The Atlantic: Welfare Makes America More Entrepreneurial A common perspective among political conservatives, especially of the libertarian and Tea Party varieties, is that welfare is a drag on economic growth and it is a disincentive to initiative. Paul Ryan wants... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Kruse Kronicle
Ethics and Economic Education of New England: Buying local and blocking out the sun Incorporating the lens of opportunity cost into to decision-making is probably one of contributions of economic thinking. Failure to incorporate it is what often leads well... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Kruse Kronicle
Real Clear Science: Why We Reject Facts & Embrace Conflict There is a growing body of research suggesting that when beliefs become tied to one’s sense of identity, they are not easily revised. Instead, when these axioms are threatened, people... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Scientific American: Why People "Fly from Facts" Research shows the appeal of untestable beliefs, and how it leads to a polarized society ... “There was a scientific study that showed vaccines cause autism.” “Actually, the researcher in that study lost... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Forbes: Groups Aim to Lure Conservatives Out of the Closet on Climate Change This is an excellent article! Climate change and the left-wing narrative of "capitalism-is-exploitation" have been closely intertwined. Scientist tend to lean left-wing already, but when Al Gore... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
New Republic: Stop Trying to Save the World: Big ideas are destroying international development, Michael Hobbes One of the first classes I took in the economic development program at Eastern University was a class where we spent the entire semester... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
The Week: Walmart's wage hike proves we don't need the government to raise the minimum wage There are lessons here for both left and right. First, this should show progressives that the government doesn't actually have to mandate a minimum... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Wall Street Journal: Vaccines and Politicized Science The people doing basic science should learn a well-proven truth about basic politics: Any cause taken up by politicians today by definition will be doubted or opposed by nearly half the population. When... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
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The Futures Company: Meet the Centennials "Centennials are growing up with a less idealist and more pragmatic edge. They’re facing situations that the Millennials didn’t have to deal with until early adulthood. As a result, Centennials are growing up more... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Forbes: How The Energy Revolution Will Transform How We Live and Work Revolutions used to be few and far between. James Watt’s steam engine, developed in 1781, set the stage for the first industrial revolution. But it wasn’t until a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Tom Jacobs has an excellent piece at Pacific Standard, Threaten My Group, and I’ll Belittle Your Science. He writes: Newly published research provides at least a partial answer. It finds scientific findings that challenge the assumptions of a group you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
The Atlantic: The Danish Don't Have the Secret to Happiness A common meme in economic discussions is that we need to make America more like Scandinavian countries where things are more equal and people are happier. Denmark, land of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
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From a post by Greg Mankiw (The One Percent, Updated): Over the last sixteen years, the share of pre-tax income earned by the top 1% has ranged between 17% and 23%. I calculate an average of 20% over that time... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
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Pew Research Center: Chart of the Week: How two decades of globalization have changed the world (Source: Milanovic, B., Lead Economist, World Bank Research Department, Global income inequality by the numbers. Annotations by James Plunkett.) I have seen the unannotated... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Real Clear Science - Newton Blog: Why Rich People Don't Care About You Examine the income ladder of the United States, and you'll soon stumble upon a surprising fact: Rich people donate a smaller portion of their income to charity... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
BBC: A Richer World... but for whom? We are getting richer. Not every human being on the planet and not every country. But the average person has an economic standard of living that's far better than it used to be.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Economist: Inivisble Fuel THE CHEAPEST AND cleanest energy choice of all is not to waste it. Progress on this has been striking yet the potential is still vast. Improvements in energy efficiency since the 1970s in 11 IEA member countries... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Project Syndicate: What Good Are Economists? "... One reason may be the perception that many economists were smugly promoting the “efficient markets hypothesis” – a view that seemed to rule out a collapse in asset prices. Believing that markets always... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Arnold Kling recently posted Pete Boettke on Ideology and Economics. The economics in the article is interesting but I particularly liked this sentence: "Keep in mind, however, the Law of Asymmetric Insight: when two people disagree, each one tends to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
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Most people are exceptionally illiterate about the trajectory of demographic and economic changes in the world, believing the world is decaying. That leads many to disengage in hopelessness. In reality, globalization combined with investment in human capital and infrastructure has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
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What does it mean to follow Christ in our era? That is the central question for Christians in any era but it is particularly challenging today. Some suggest that our postmodern and post-Christendom context is creating a level of disruption... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
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The poorest regions of the world have been growing the fastest for at least twenty years. The Economist forecasts world GDP to be 2.9%, while Asia and Australasia (less Australia) is at 5.7%, and Sub-Saharan Africa is at 4.5%. These... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Faith and Leadership Blog: John McKnight: Low-income communities are not needy -- they have assets Most people and institutions that want to serve poor communities are focused on what the residents lack. “What are the needs?” is often the first... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
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Slate: The World is Not Falling Apart Never mind the headlines. We’ve never lived in such peaceful times. I've repeatedly revisited the theme in my blogging that the world is getting better in so many important ways. That is routinely... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle