The Optimist

Illustration by David Plunkert

Marx Is Back

The global working class is starting to unite -- and that's a good thing.

Photo: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Linked Out

The case for sending America's unemployed abroad.

Photo: Susan Winters Cook/Getty Images

Barriers to Entry

How opening borders gives economies a lift.

Daniel Aguilar/Getty Images

Give Sam Walton the Nobel Prize

Why Walmart may have done more for the poor than any business in American history.

Ian Waldie/Getty Images

The Case for Big Brother

A little government monitoring can be a good thing.

Illustration by Guy Billout for FP

The Convergence of Civilizations

The oft-predicted "clash of civilizations" has not materialized. If anything, values are converging across cultures.

TENGKU BAHAR/AFP/Getty Images

In Praise of Slums

Why millions of people choose to live in urban squalor.

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Wealth of Nations

It's time to stop calling countries like Brazil and China "developing." They're just rich.

KAMBOU SIA/AFP/Getty Images

Dumb and Dumber

Are development experts becoming racists?

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Get an MBA, Save the World

If you want to work in international development, go work for a big, bad multinational company.

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The Narco State

There's good news on the drug war: The world knows how to end it -- so why can't the United States figure it out?

Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Not Too Hot to Handle

Why climate doomsayers are selling humanity short.

Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Sharing the Burden

Why Africa doesn't need your white guilt anymore.

Win McNamee/Getty Images

A Better Bank

Why President Obama's curious nomination for the new chief of the World Bank could turn out to be a smart pick -- and an interesting indication of how aid lending is changing for good.

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We’re All the 1 Percent

The U.S. middle class is still incredibly wealthy by international standards.

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The Trojan Paradox

If religious conservatives want to put a stop to abortions, there's no better tool than making contraception a lot more available. And there's a world of good it'll do.

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There Will Not Be Blood

Across the world, crime is down -- and in a big way. Are violent movies to thank for less real blood and gore?

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Outsource Your Kid

Trying to save money on a university and still get a good education? Forget the local community college -- send your kid to school overseas.

Lunae Parracho/AFP/Getty Images

Forest Bump

The global economic crisis is good news for trees, but how can we make sure the gains keep coming?

Illustration by David Plunkert

Marx Is Back

The global working class is starting to unite -- and that's a good thing.

Photo: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Linked Out

The case for sending America's unemployed abroad.

Photo: Susan Winters Cook/Getty Images

Barriers to Entry

How opening borders gives economies a lift.

Daniel Aguilar/Getty Images

Give Sam Walton the Nobel Prize

Why Walmart may have done more for the poor than any business in American history.

Ian Waldie/Getty Images

The Case for Big Brother

A little government monitoring can be a good thing.

Illustration by Guy Billout for FP

The Convergence of Civilizations

The oft-predicted "clash of civilizations" has not materialized. If anything, values are converging across cultures.

TENGKU BAHAR/AFP/Getty Images

In Praise of Slums

Why millions of people choose to live in urban squalor.

The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images; AFP/Getty Images; VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images; A. Majeed/AFP/Getty Images

Wealth of Nations

It's time to stop calling countries like Brazil and China "developing." They're just rich.

KAMBOU SIA/AFP/Getty Images

Dumb and Dumber

Are development experts becoming racists?

EyesWideOpen/Getty Images

Get an MBA, Save the World

If you want to work in international development, go work for a big, bad multinational company.

EPA/PAOLO AGUILAR

The Narco State

There's good news on the drug war: The world knows how to end it -- so why can't the United States figure it out?

Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Not Too Hot to Handle

Why climate doomsayers are selling humanity short.

Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Sharing the Burden

Why Africa doesn't need your white guilt anymore.

Win McNamee/Getty Images

A Better Bank

Why President Obama's curious nomination for the new chief of the World Bank could turn out to be a smart pick -- and an interesting indication of how aid lending is changing for good.

Shutterstock

We’re All the 1 Percent

The U.S. middle class is still incredibly wealthy by international standards.

Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Trojan Paradox

If religious conservatives want to put a stop to abortions, there's no better tool than making contraception a lot more available. And there's a world of good it'll do.

Greg Williams/Eon Productions via Getty Images

There Will Not Be Blood

Across the world, crime is down -- and in a big way. Are violent movies to thank for less real blood and gore?

MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images

Outsource Your Kid

Trying to save money on a university and still get a good education? Forget the local community college -- send your kid to school overseas.

Lunae Parracho/AFP/Getty Images

Forest Bump

The global economic crisis is good news for trees, but how can we make sure the gains keep coming?

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