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As if on cue after last week's debate here (and here) on agri-subsidies and the developing world, Cato's Christopher Preble and Marian Tupy discuss farm subsidies and their effects on the third world.

TCS interviews William Lewis, author of The Power of Productivity: Wealth, Poverty and the Threat to Global Stability:

...We compared the construction industry in the US to construction in Brazil and found that in Houston, the US industry was using Mexican agriculture workers who were illiterate and didn't speak English. So they were not any different than the agricultural workers who were building similar high rises say in Sao Palo. And yet they were working at four times the productivity.

...Just because people are not educated does not mean that they are incapable, which is a mistake educated people in the West often make -- and not just the West but probably in Japan as well. These people can be trained on the job to accomplish quite high skill levels and quite high levels of productivity. And that's basically good news because if the World Bank and everybody else had to wait until we revamp the educational institutions of all the poor countries and then put a cohort or two of workers through it, we are talking about another 50 years before anything happens. That's not acceptable and it's not necessary, thank God.

Lawrence White examines the notion that immigrant remittances are a drain to our economy.

Educated Guesswork notes how Moore's Law makes technological fiction obsolete.

Chris Anderson at The Long Tail takes a look at forks.

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