Compelled to Share

Compelled to Share

Friends, Family, Colleagues – I hope you are all healthy and holding up ok during this difficult time.

This crises has ironically, and even regrettably, delivered the ultimate teaching moment for economics educators.

Over the years, I have made a hobby of curating all sorts of economics content that I find thought-provoking and inspiring.  Until now, I never thought to share it with anyone other than my students.  In this time of so much fear and uncertainty, I feel compelled to share these curated works with all of you.  My hope is that these articles, videos, and podcasts can help us all make some sense of the unprecedented struggles, sacrifices, and choices we face.

The authors I choose to follow always rise above political rhetoric and focus on illuminating the pillars for continued improvement of the human condition.

Beginning this week, I will distribute a newsletter with my commentary, along with links that I believe can add some value to your life, now and long after this pandemic has run its course.  If you are interested in receiving these letters, please add your name to my mailing list.  Of course, feel free to share.

Stay healthy and safe.

Best,

Joe

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Some articles chosen last week.  A few seem dire, no doubt, but in the end, all of the writers express “rational optimism”.  BTW, it is no coincidence that I lead off with a note from Matt Ridley.  His classic book, “The Rational Optimist” is my go-to read in times of a crises in confidence.  I dug into it again this weekend during a Sunday afternoon Netflix binge break…I am almost through season 5 of ”Schitt’s Creek” in case you were wondering!

 

We are about to find out how robust civilisation is

By Matt Ridley

The hardships ahead will be like nothing we have ever known

 

Coronavirus Pandemic Infected by a Spirit of Generosity

By Veronique de Rugy

Last week, the Hoover Institution’s Russ Roberts asked his many Twitter followers to help “create a list of voluntary (non-coercive) actions taking place right now to reduce COVID-19 spread or impact.” The answers are too inspiring not to share.

 

Technology and Cooperation Help Fight the Pandemic

By Chelsea Follett

The threat from COVID-19 should be taken seriously, but there are reasons for rational optimism even during a pandemic.

 

Tyler Cowen Thinks Coronavirus Could Be This Generation’s World War II

By Peter Suderman

The Mercatus economist on why the private sector could provide the best response to the coronavirus, why the government should go big anyway, and how the current crisis could help America reinvent itself.