The incredible growth of the middle class (Homri Kharas, Free Market Foundation, James Peron, Leon Louw) South Africa, USofA world08.Oct.2018
Homri Kharas, Deputy Director of Global Economy and Development with the Brookings Institute, USA, James Peron, president of the Moorfield Storey Institute, USA, Leon Louw, Founder of the Free Market Foundation, South Africa: We are witnessing the most rapid expansion of the middle class, as a global level, that the world has ever seen. …the vast majority—almost 90 percent—of the next billion entrants into the global middle class will be in Asia: 380 million Indians, 350 million Chinese, and 2,010 million other Asians. This growth in the Asian middle class means rapidly growing economies by 2030: “Today’s lower middle-income countries, including India, Indonesia, and Vietnam, will have middle-class markets that are $15 trillion bigger than today.”
Linear No Threshold (LNT) Folly: An Economics Perspective on Nuclear Safety (Leon Louw, Bonne Posma) South Africa USofA07.Oct.2018
Leon Louw, lawyer, economist, Executive Director of Free Market Foundation in South Africa, Director - Regulatory Affairs for Nuclear Africa (Pty) Ltd and Bonne Posma, physicist, Chairman, Nuclear Africa (Pty) Ltd, Founder, Saminco (USA) specializing in electric propulsion systems for off-road vehicles and underground mining conveyances. The nature and risks of nuclear radiation are widely misunderstood from the most advanced society to the least sophisticated societies. Many view nuclear radiation as they view ghosts and spirits. People who fear what they regard as ominous phenomena generally have difficulty explaining why. This facilitates the promotion by scaremongers of irrational fear. During the era of nuclear weapons testing, radiation fear mushroomed. It endures despite the fact that, for over half a century, 450 water-moderated nuclear power plants delivered millions of terawatt hours of electricity without a single radiation fatality.
Sir Ketumile Masire, Nelson Mandela and the Free Market Foundation (Leon Louw) - Botswana, South Africa30.Jun.2017
Sir Ketumile Masire, Nelson Mandela, Free Market Foundation, Leon Louw: It may seem strange that a free market organisation should honour somebody for his acts as head of a government. Free market organisations spend a lot of time criticising the actions of governments but they are not opposed to governments. On the contrary, we fully realise that free markets can only exist under the aegis of a good government. : “One of the key initiatives that I took was to put in place the process of charting a long-term vision for Botswana … an educated and informed nation; a prosperous, productive and innovative nation; an open, democratic and accountable nation; a moral and tolerant nation…” Sir Ketumile Masire
Leon Louw, Economist: The intellectual debate against radical environmentalism was lost by "the other side" long ago, during the 1960s. But the wider public emotional, vested interest and political debate was won and continues to be won by "them".
Sky-is-falling alarmism has been around forever, in an eternal battle between realism and alarmism. This seems to be an innate hard-wired aspect of most animals and even plants, not just humans what I call the "rustle in the grass hypothesis"