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Rationality Meets Global Concern
A very interesting and thought-provoking interview by Reason magazine with Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish statistician.
The thrust of Lomborg’s contention is that all those who think they are doing the world a favor by pressing so hard for government responses to climate change are misguided. There are many problems in the world: starvation, poor sanitation, communicable disease, violent conflict, poor education, trade barriers keeping up the prices of goods, etc. Among these challenges are opportunities to save many more lives at a much lower cost. Specifically addressing the spread of HIV/ AIDS, increasing micronutrients especially iron, increasing free trade, and providing materials to prevent malaria were found to be the areas with the most efficient cost/ benefit opportunities.
The principle seems obvious: there are limited resources, we can’t do everything at once, focus on the places where you can make the biggest difference. The proposals that accomplish the most may not be ‘sexy,’ Lomborg gives the example of cheap aspirin which is already available in the West, having the ability to save far more lives than the responses we have tried to implement to combat HIV, malaria, and TB combined.
Here is the link again. This really is a must read for persons concerned with effectively responding to the many global needs.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…