- In the long term, in choosing between liberty or death, sadly we appear to have chosen death. See also liberty and security.
- Pitting Adam Smith against Karl Marx, it looks like Smith has beaten off the young challenger.
- That’s not to suggest, as Smith scholars would remind us, an ideological victory for unfettered capitalism. And note -- Karl still crushes Friedrich.
- Over time, Roy Harrod (father of the theory of economic growth that suggested investment was key) lost out to Robert Solow (who looked to technology) who in turn lost out to Douglass North (who thinks it’s all about institutions).
- Dependency theory beat out urban bias as a topic of debate –but both are on the wane.
- Conversely, structural adjustment won out over import substitution –although note that the N-Gram viewer doesn’t report if the mentions were positive or negative… The MDGs have some way to go as a development paradigm to match either of these.
- The Human Development Index is still playing catch-up with GDP per capita –but it has grown impressively.
- AIDS has a presence in books out of proportion to its share of the global burden of disease.
- Aid boosters get more attention than aid critics.
- The World Bank is more interesting than the IMF, but both are beaten out by Santa.
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