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The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (2010)

de Matt Ridley

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The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Genome" and "The Red Queen" offers a provocative case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change--cultural evolution--will inevitably increase human prosperity.
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Definitely beats the drum for libertarianism. Free market = good, government = bad, we are told repeatedly. This from a guy who ran a bank into the ground with subprime mortgages right before the Great Recession. There is some fascinating stuff in here and it's told well. Take it with a grain of salt, don't take it as your only source of knowledge, but food for thought nonetheless. ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
If you step back a bit it's actually funny if a bit lacking in self-awareness. What the message can be condensed to is: shut up you peasant, stop complaining and get back to work and be thankful you're not dying of smallpox you ungrateful slacker.

The levels of condescension are unreal. I was genuinely wondering at times if this had been written on a dare. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
As we are constantly bombarded with doom prophesies the book makes a really good job and puts all of that into greater perspective. Rational Optimist starts with a thesis that we are way better off than we ever were. The book states that our lives have improved significantly in terms of wealth, nutrition, life expectancy, literacy and many other measures. Matt Ridley makes convincing arguments that things will continue to improve. The book also serves as a defence of free trade and globalisation. We don’t need to agree with the Ridley theme of optimism for the future to make this book worthwhile to read. The book offers much more than the title suggests.

The Rational Optimist seeks to explain how humans continuously managed to improve their quality of life. Honestly, after 1/3 of the book, I thought that its content will be exactly the same as one of my previous books... (if you like to read my full review please visit my blog: https://leadersarereaders.blog/the-rational-optimist-how-prosperity-evolves/) ( )
  LeadersAreReaders | Feb 19, 2019 |
Too good! After the first chapter I didn't need to read it on, because it was enough to understand his thesis. ( )
  lucaconti | Jan 24, 2019 |
Ecologist vs Economist thinking ( )
  ShadowBarbara | Jan 27, 2017 |
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"In the second century of the Christian Era, the empire of Rome comprehended the fairest part of the earth, and the most civilised portion of mankind. The frontiers of that extensive monarchy were guarded by ancient renown and disciplined valour. The gentle but powerful influence of laws and manners had gradually cemented the union of the provinces. Their peaceful inhabitants enjoyed and abused the advantages of wealth and luxury." Thus the first paragraph of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and thus, more or less, the entire contents of Matt Ridley's latest book.
 
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The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Genome" and "The Red Queen" offers a provocative case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change--cultural evolution--will inevitably increase human prosperity.

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