Money down a rat hole?

Here is a characteristically thorough and well-informed fisking dished out by Jim, at Our Word is Our Weapon, demolishing a recent paper from the so-called International Policy Network which claimed that "foreign aid does more harm than good". And … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Income tax and redistribution

Tim Worstall has an interesting post in which he argues that redistribution is made harder by having big government. I agree with him that:

  • the poor pay too much in tax
  • the state takes an unnecessarily large share of national
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Consistently standing up for democracy (2)

A commendable speech by Condi Rice (full text here). Perhaps she read my post yesterday? She said:

For 60 years, my country, the United States, pursued stability at the expense of democracy in this region here in

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Cabinet Secretary

So, Sir Gus O’Donnell is to be the new Cabinet Secretary. So much for the fiction that the civil service wants to recognise and promote civil servants who "deliver" public services. Gus is a great guy, and is no … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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The payoff from globalisation

Next door to us at the Center for Global Development is our sister institution, the Institute for International Economics. Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Paul L. E. Grieco have published some very interesting analysis which finds that:

Using four different methods,

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Aid works: AIDS treatments

David Brooks has this uplifting article in the New York Times (free registration required) about the impact of access to AIDS drugs, financed by aid:

You come to Southern Africa to visit AIDS hospitals, and you expect, or at least

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Some good news at last

Now here is some good news. Apparently, being a geek (preferably a scrawny geek) is now considered attractive.

"I think geeks are more successful. They’re happier in the work they do," Koppel [Elle magazine’s love and sex advice columnist]

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Book meme

Thanks to EU Rota, I got tagged for the book meme to tell you about my reading habits. Number of Books I Own I reckon about 2,500. They are mainly boxed up and in store somewhere in Gloucester, while I … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Fallacies about aid and development

Generally, blogs are a pretty good way to hear from people with direct experience and expertise on important issues, without their views being intermediated by the traditional media. Blogs often provide analysis which is well-informed and evidence-based, and both deeper … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Making us safe

An email has flooded in, commenting on my blog, from someone calling himself "Chipper". He says:

One thing I have noticed about people in general, especially the ones from around liberal cities such as San Francisco, LA, etc is that

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Sudan, and what America stands for

I commend to you an excellent article at Democracy Arsenal about Sudan, and the failure of the powerful nations to stop the genocide in Darfur. (The article is about United States policy, but the point applies equally to the United … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Aid works: the eradication of Smallpox

Update: see a longer post on smallpox here.

An estimated 300 million people died from smallpox in the 20th century. As a result of a global international effort, financed by foreign aid, the disease has been eradicated. In the … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Is America stingy with aid?

There is an interesting discussion going on about whether the US is "stingy" in the amount of aid it gives. US official aid is 0.15% of national income. But some commentators are claiming that this understates American generosity, because of … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Another World is Possible: Thoughts from the World Social Forum

I attended the World Social Forum in Mumbai in January 2004. It became clear to me during the five days of the WSF that there is a common theme underlying many of concerns and campaigns that make up the anti-globalisation … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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