The Economics of Ebola

Ebola is a terrible disease, killing a significant percentage of people who are infected. The vast bulk of cases exist in just three countries in Africa, and while the hardships for individuals dealing with the disease and the deaths are certainly tremendous, the percentage of the population infected is rather Continue Reading →

The Justice of Climate Justice

Last weekend, thousands of people converged on New York City in a march to spur leaders at the Global Climate Summit to action. The radical environmental group, Sierra Club, organized and paid for more than 100 busloads of marchers. National churches and other influential groups called on members to join Continue Reading →

Talking Politics to African Politicians

Talking Politics to African Politicians (picture Wikimedia Commons) This week’s African Leader’s Summit in Washington was the first time that an American head-of-state hosted most of the African heads-of-state at one time, making it a historic event. In a more fundamental sense, though, it was nothing new. It was just Continue Reading →

The Cure for Ebola

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Though is it a truism, it is still true, especially in the case of a serious disease that can be fatal in up to 90% of the cases and for which no antidote or vaccine is currently available. Ebola is Continue Reading →

Entrepreneurial Solutions in Health Care

Health-care costs are spiraling out of control, making health insurance policies and medical services unaffordable in the United States. America has effective acute care capabilities, relatively short wait times for medical procedures, and easy accessibility for those who can afford it. That is good. What is bad is that incentives Continue Reading →

How to Reduce Poverty

Poverty is a concern for compassionate people, yet in spite of continued efforts, poverty still exists in America and other prosperous nations. There are, in fact, billions of people in the world who live under difficult conditions, in spite of great wealth world-wide. Who is to blame for it? Poverty, Continue Reading →

Good Intentions and SNAP

I just received a postcard informing me that the guidelines for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) have changed. If I wasn’t eligible before, I may be now. It is easier than ever to apply. The SNAP program, as well as many other government benefits, are founded on Continue Reading →

Morality and Minimum Wage

Poverty has profound moral implications. Most religious traditions throughout history have dealt with it in some way. Moreover, most people, religious or not, think that poverty is bad, and that we, as individuals, should have compassion. Visions of poverty stir most people to some type of emotional reaction. As with Continue Reading →