Private schools are a waste of money?

October 13, 2006

I’m pondering this interesting blog, with this provocative post: Stumbling and Mumbling.

Are private schools a waste of money?

More information on Edmund Phelps, Nobelist in economics

October 13, 2006

His Wikipedia entry is said to be small, but should grow soon:  Here is information on Edmund Phelps, who won the Nobel for economics late last week, with links to a lot more.

Producct of the public schools?  Does anyone know for sure?  He grew up in Evanston, Illinois.

Radical right-wing bias in the press

October 13, 2006

Liberal press? You must be kidding.

Apart from the fact that media owners are all very conservative types, there is the tendency to stifle reporting with a left- or moderate-bias, while promoting right-biased news. Evidence?

A Reuters reporter wrote a book about Ann Coulter, after getting permission from Reuters. They fired him when he showed them the galleys. It’s circumstantial evidence, sure, but still, it’s convincing to some.

More comment at Majikthise.

Two Nobels in economics? Grameen Bank wins peace prize

October 13, 2006

Muhammad Yunus, photo by P. Rahman/Scanpix

MuhammadYunus and Grameen Bank share the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Wow. Just wow.

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2006

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006, divided into two equal parts, to Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for their efforts to create economic and social development from below. Lasting peace can not be achieved unless large population groups find ways in which to break out of poverty. Micro-credit is one such means. Development from below also serves to advance democracy and human rights.

Muhammad Yunus has shown himself to be a leader who has managed to translate visions into practical action for the benefit of millions of people, not only in Bangladesh, but also in many other countries. Loans to poor people without any financial security had appeared to be an impossible idea. From modest beginnings three decades ago, Yunus has, first and foremost through Grameen Bank, developed micro-credit into an ever more important instrument in the struggle against poverty. Grameen Bank has been a source of ideas and models for the many institutions in the field of micro-credit that have sprung up around the world.

Every single individual on earth has both the potential and the right to live a decent life. Across cultures and civilizations, Yunus and Grameen Bank have shown that even the poorest of the poor can work to bring about their own development.

Micro-credit has proved to be an important liberating force in societies where women in particular have to struggle against repressive social and economic conditions. Economic growth and political democracy can not achieve their full potential unless the female half of humanity participates on an equal footing with the male.

Yunus’s long-term vision is to eliminate poverty in the world. That vision can not be realised by means of micro-credit alone. But Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank have shown that, in the continuing efforts to achieve it, micro-credit must play a major part.

Oslo, 13 October 2006

It’s one thing to talk economics, another to go do it. Here’s to hoping this award will encourage others to act effectively to end poverty.

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