The Epic Boom and Bust of the Ostrich Feather Market

by Kelly Jensen Kelly Jensen Digital Collections Specialist, California Academy of Sciences, gives one of five Shift Ignite talks earlier this year at the Shift Forum. A fascinating tale of tulip-mania (but with feathers!), this five-minute Ignite talk reminds us all what happens when social behaviors rapidly change. Kelly Jensen: Hi, I’m Kelly Jensen. I’m …

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Why Africa Should Worry Less About Income Inequality

by Stacy Ndlovu Early this week, the South Africa Daily Maverick published an op-ed titled, “It’s not Zuma that we need protection from, it’s the market.” While the author rightly calls out the role of cronyism in destroying ordinary South Africans’ economic mobility, she doesn’t seem to make a distinction between economic freedom and crony …

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Nigeria Needs Trade as Much as it Needs Food

by Tirzah Duren The United Nations (UN) has called for $5.6 billion in donations to fight a famine that threatens over 20 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. In Nigeria alone, upwards of 5 million people face acute food shortages. Considering the progress Nigeria has made in food security since the 1980s, …

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Oxfam is Wrong About How to Alleviate Poverty

by Tim Worstall As it’s Davos time, Oxfam has issued its traditional demand for a handout.  Their wealth report this year informs us that a mere eight people have more wealth than the bottom 50 per cent of the world’s population. This is entirely true of course. But Oxfam’s solution is that we should take it from the …

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Book Review: ‘South Africa’s War Against Capitalism’ by Walter E. Williams

This article originally appeared in Volume 3, Number 3, of International Freedom Review (Spring 1990). ENDING APARTHEID, ENDING SOCIALISM South Africa’s War Against Capitalism by Walter E. Williams [New York: Praeger (A Cato Institute Book), 1989, 159 pp., $19.95, cloth] Reviewed by Richard E. Sincere, Jr. The mythology of African liberation movements asserts that the …

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