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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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Matt Ridley: Reasons to Be Cheerful We a prone to fixate on problems and threats. The news concentrates on Ebola, violence in the Middle East and Ukraine, and the discord in Ferguson, Missouri. But it is important to keep present... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
The Atlantic: How to Talk About Climate Change So People Will Listen Environmentalists warn us that apocalypse awaits. Economists tell us that minimal fixes will get us through. Here's how we can move beyond the impasse. This is an exceptionally... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Learning to Fail Fast "... Petrie advocates what he calls “vertical development” or the advancement in a person’s capacity to think in “more complex, systemic, strategic, and interdependent ways (in contrast to horizontal development that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Pacific Standard: Why Are So Many Low-Income People So Overweight? ... More recently, in Slate, Heather Tirado Gilligan cites peer-reviewed research to conclude: “[M]ore fresh food closer to home likely does nothing for folks at the bottom of the socioeconomic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Wired: Startup Offers Payday Advances Without the Pesky Loan-Sharking "... According to Palaniappan, the real culprit here is the very concept of the payday. The way he see is, there’s no reason people who already have done their work should... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Business Insider: 24 Books That Forecasted The Future Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Conversable Economist: Universal Basic Income: A Thought Experiment "... What about the politics of a universal basic income? It's no surprise that many who lean liberal like the idea of guaranteeing a basic income. However, the idea has a reasonable... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
New York Times: The New Instability by Stephanie Coontz ... Meanwhile, women’s expectation of fairness and reciprocity in marriage has been rising even as men’s ability to compensate for deficits in their behavior by being “good providers” has been falling.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Carpe Diem: US violent crime is lowest in 44 years and half the rate in 1991 Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Social Science Research Network: The (True) Legacy of Two Really Existing Economic Systems Abstract: By running an experiment among Germans collecting their passports or ID cards in the citizen centers of Berlin, we find that individuals with an East German... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
The Guardian - Poverty Matters Blog - GM scaremongering in Africa is disarming the fight against poverty Transforming agriculture is central to sub-Saharan Africa's development prospects. Three-quarters of people in extreme poverty – existing on less than $1.25 a day... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Business Insider: This Fake Meat Is So Good It Fooled Whole Foods Customers For 3 Days "... And the Missouri-based company Beyond Meat thinks it has the solution to satisfy our cravings: food that looks and tastes just like meat... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Forbes: A Supply Chain Overhaul To Boost Coffee Farmers' Income 400% This is about a social enterprise on a mission to reinvent the coffee supply chain, giving farmers a bigger and more equitable piece of the action. Aimed at growers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Daily Mail: Now THAT'S a power plant! Indoor farm grows 10,000 heads of lettuce a DAY using lights that mimic day and night Humans have spent the last 10,000 years mastering agriculture, but it just takes a dry spell, or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Alan Noble as a very good piece in the Atlantic: Is Evangelical Morality Still Acceptable in America? He doesn't define exactly what he means by "Evangelical Morality" but clearly he is talking about people who hold more traditionalist views on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Business Insider: Epic Demographic Chart Shows What's Happening To The Populations Of The US, China, And Japan Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
From MRUniversity, Everday Economics: "We are pleased to announce a brand new course at MRUniversity, Everyday Economics. The new course will cover some of the big ideas in economics but applied to everyday questions. The first section, premiering now and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
(Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) I concluded my last post with this summarization: So summarizing to this point, human beings are made in the image of God. As such, we have intrinsic value apart from any economic consideration. Our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Alex Tabarrok wirtes today, The Moral Inversion of Economic Thinking: In a delightful, short article on Economics and Morality, Timothy Taylor asks why economics has a reputation for leading to corruption: Political science, history, psychology, sociology, and literature are often... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
This is a an excellent series of animated videos about some basic economic principles done by Bryan Caplan. (I particularly like the ones on foreign trade and on the pessimistic bias.) The first video is an introduction. Each of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
When it comes to understanding inequality, the debate is frequently encumbered with a multitude of misunderstandings about data. When talking about wealth inequality, we see statements like “85 people own more wealth than the bottom half of humanity.” Wealth is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
I just read Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages by Frances & Joseph Gies. The book focuses on technological development during the 1,000 years from 500-1500 C.E. The Middle Ages were once cast as an... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
(Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 4) Human beings were made in the image of God. Each person has intrinsic value. Our value is unrelated to the economy. But goods, resources transformed from their natural state, to a more useful state... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
1. Economist: March of the Middle Class 2. Chrsitianity Today: Poverty Is a Moral Problem - Interview with William Easterly ... The sad thing is that the field and practice of development have too often been on the wrong side... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
The American Interest: Progressive Pragmatism The Obama Administration represents the dawn of a new and superior conception of American foreign policy. ... ... Over the past two decades, policy has oscillated between liberal internationalism and neoconservatism. Liberal internationalism dominated during... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle