Interesting stuff


  1. Why you should wear a mask (assuming you can get one!)
  2. Good news: Air pollution is dropping (almost as fast as economic activity)
  3. Be careful what you wish for: Amsterdam tourism crashes, but the streets are cleaner. Will the future bring “sustainable” tourism or a return of unruly mobs?
  4. Americans seem to understand C-19 risks thorough their political beliefs (Rs are taking more risks).. That’s charming but C19 will kill Republicans, Democrats and independents.
  5. Will Peru’s politicians use C-19 to grab power? (Orban already did.)
  6. The Netherlands needs to do more to really be food secure.
  7. Will the quarantine help us reconsider our lives?


  1. A nice proposal for graduated income taxes that complements my idea for taxing wealth (via property taxes)
  2. National Geographic looks at the bad news/good news futures of the Earth fifty years after Earth Day. Fun fact: No advertisers for the “bad news” side. For the good news side, the advertisers are Dow chemical and the Alliance to Stop Plastic Waste (sponsored by plastic manufacturers).
  3. A really good discussion of the “three languages of politics” that was recorded before C-19 hit. Then, and now, it’s important to consider the different “life perspectives” of conservatives, progressives and liberals.

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Author: David Zetland

I'm a political-economist from California who now lives in Amsterdam.

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