As nations across the globe continue to struggle in their battles against the novel coronavirus pandemic, some public officials and citizens — particularly in the United States — are increasingly warning that the mass shutdown to slow the infection’s spread may destroy the economy. As President Trump has warned, “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick put this assertion in starker terms: “There are more important things than living,” suggesting that sacrificing human lives may be worthwhile to restart the economy. This notion has resonated among some and inspired numerous protests against virus-related restrictions across the country.… Seguir leyendo »
David Lay Williams
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Steven Pinker’s new best-selling book “Enlightenment Now” has excited the reading public. Bill Gates has called it “my new favorite book of all time.” As he has in previous work, Pinker, like the most optimistic Enlightenment thinkers, argues that modern life has gotten much better despite ever-present complaints. Technology has reduced the need for physical labor. Mortality rates are down. IQ scores are on the rise. Wars are less frequent and less deadly.
In this new book Pinker adds one more thing to his list of wrongheaded complaints about contemporary society: economic inequality. But there is an important problem with Pinker’s dismissing concerns about inequality.… Seguir leyendo »