In a few weeks I will comment at length on Matt Ridley’s wonderful recent book The Rational Optimist. It delightfully debunks much that deserves debunking, although I think it wrong on its central claim that no rewards are needed for innovation.
Part of what Ridley debunks is the case for aid to Africa. As one of the aid givers, Bill Gates is not fond of being debunked.
Gates responds in:
BILL GATES. “Africa Needs Aid, Not Flawed Theories.” The Wall Street Journal (Sat., NOVEMBER 27, 2010): C1-C2.
(Note: the online version of the Gates commentary is dated NOVEMBER 26, 2010.)
Ridley responds to Gates’ response in:
MATT RIDLEY. “Africa Needs Growth, Not Pity and Big Plans.” The Wall Street Journal (Sat., NOVEMBER 27, 2010): C1-C2.
(Note: the online version of the Ridley commentary has the same date as the print version.)
Ridley’s book is:
Ridley, Matt. The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves. New York: Harper, 2010.