Marian L. Tupy

Marian L. Tupy

Anti-Colonialism's Bad History

Anti-Colonialism's Bad History

Prevailing academic theories of race relations hold that wealth and power differences between groups of people arose from social, economic, and legal systems created to benefit one group of people over another. One of those systems, we are told, was colonialism. Hence the renewed interest in European imperialism and calls

Marian L. Tupy
Marian L. Tupy
History
Goodbye to Hong Kong?

Goodbye to Hong Kong?

I shall always regret not visiting Hong Kong while it was still under British control or while the city remained the “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.” For reasons I will get into below, I feel a special affection for the city, and will

Marian L. Tupy
Marian L. Tupy
History
Beware Your Innate Pessimist

Beware Your Innate Pessimist

With the COVID-19 lockdown upon us, anxiety and depression are on the rise. It would be irresponsible to downplay the risks that the novel coronavirus poses to America’s health and economy. But excessive pessimism is also in no one’s interest. Problems and their purported solutions must be evaluated

Marian L. Tupy
Marian L. Tupy
COVID-19
Land Repossessions Were Disastrous for Zimbabwe. Will South Africa Repeat the Same Mistakes?

Land Repossessions Were Disastrous for Zimbabwe. Will South Africa Repeat the Same Mistakes?

On March 6th, 2020, the government of Zimbabwe “gazetted new legislation under which former landowners may opt for repossession [of confiscated land] or monetary compensation [for confiscated land]. The new regulations will apply to indigenous farmers [i.e., Zimbabwean nationals] whose farms were appropriated, as well as to those whose

Marian L. Tupy
Marian L. Tupy
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How To Think About Our Problems

How To Think About Our Problems

As I travel around the United States, giving presentations on human progress, I am encouraged by the enthusiasm with which the audiences receive my message of the improving state of the world. Still, someone in the audience invariably asks, “What worries you?” That’s understandable. Our species has evolved to

Marian L. Tupy
Marian L. Tupy
Environment
The Battle to Feed All of Humanity Is Over. Humanity Has Won

The Battle to Feed All of Humanity Is Over. Humanity Has Won

As the editor of a website documenting human progress, I am sometimes asked to name the one statistic that best exemplifies the improving state of the world. The rising life expectancy immediately comes to mind, for to a dead person, all the other indicators of human well-being are irrelevant. Luckily,

Marian L. Tupy
Marian L. Tupy
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