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The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, by Matt Ridley. Review by: Philip Sansone. Ridley starts at the very beginning going all the way to start of the the. I am a rational optimist: rational, because I have arrived at optimism not through cittadelmonte.info p. P RO S P E R I T Y CHARLES FILLMORE Jeremy P. Tarcher ⁄ Penguin a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. New York P RO S.


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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Ideas have sex, in Ridley's schema; they follow a process of natural selection of their own, and as long as they. Rational Optimist How prosperity evolves by author Matt Ridley. Life is getting better—and at an accelerating rate. Food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down — all across the .

The Rational Optimist: Harper, , pp. The key, he thinks, is economic growth, that boogeyman of naysayers and concerned cit- izens everywhere. The path to that better world years from now will not be smooth. Mankind is likely to experience traumas both of a natural sort and of its own creation. Humans are too driven to trade, exchange their ideas, and imagine new ones for a few bad apples to ruin the future.

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Email or Customer ID. Forgot password? Old Password. New Password. The theories are. Ridley says. The question is how specialization and trade arose in the first place.

It is much less successful on the second. The science writer in Ridley takes over and forces an argument that ends up circular and unconvincing. When pressed on how our hominid ancestors made this leap to homo economicus.

We are left asking. New behaviors drive selection for new characteristics.

But how trade happened that first time—whether it was Book Reviews peculiar attribute of the human species? The plagues of the future will continue to look like the overblown bird and swine flu and not like the H1N1 responsible for 50 million deaths in Cato Journal genetic or memetic—is left unanswered.

While we wait for that to happen. These chapters are a pleasure to read.

He traces trade and its impact on humanity from the beginning of civilization through the invention of farming. At every step. Ehrlich lost his famous bet with Julian Simon when the price of natural resources declined. In this chapter.

Along the way. Even if Ridley addressed these two concerns. Ozone depletion was a problem. How do we know when a problem is genuine? How do we know what the cost of fixing it will be? Book Reviews It would be easy to get the impression Ridley is Pollyannaish. If nuclear annihilation.

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Cato Journal and what Africa needs is not more top-down foreign aid but legal support for the bottom-up forces that already exist. Unlike Al Gore. What The Rational Optimist makes clear.

His pre- scription for solving the African problem is simply to reproduce there what has worked elsewhere. Ridley argues. Aaron Ross Powell Cato Institute It also would reduce the num- ber of deaths each year from weather.

Ridley does not see a whole lot to worry about. About climate change. A warmer climate proves salubrious for plants.

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