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Marian L. Tupy

Marian L. Tupy is the editor of HumanProgress.org and a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He specializes in globalization and global wellbeing, and the political economy of Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.

His articles have been published in the Financial Times,Washington PostLos Angeles TimesWall Street JournalU.S. News and World ReportThe AtlanticNewsweekThe U.K. Spectator,Weekly StandardForeign PolicyReason magazine, and various other outlets both in the United States and overseas. Tupy has appeared on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CNN International, BBC World, CNBC, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, and other channels.

He has worked on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Commission on Angola, testified before the U.S. Congress on the economic situation in Zimbabwe, and briefed the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department on political developments in Central Europe.

Tupy received his B.A. in international relations and classics from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his Ph.D. in international relations from the University of St. Andrews in Great Britain.

Marian L. Tupy's Articles

Chile Is Thriving – So Why Is Socialism Rising?

Chileans are better off than Venezuelans in almost every way, so why are so many Chileans advocating Venezuela-like policies?

- December 12, 2016

Good Intentions Won't Save the Ruling Elite

Washington means well. When it tells the rednecks in “flyover” America what food to eat, what healthcare to buy, what to teach their children and what bathroom to use, it does so for their sake. You see, Washington knows better. And this is how the plebs repaid the Capital?

- November 11, 2016

Celebrate the Industrial Revolution and the Cheap Energy That Fueled It

As Johan Norberg notes, over the last two centuries, humanity has made massive improvements in terms of nutrition, sanitation, life expectancy, poverty, violence, literacy, environmental quality, political freedom, and child labor. Today, I want to discuss the role that the Industrial Revolution in general and fossil fuels, in particular, have played in bringing those improvements about.

- October 30, 2016

We See the Glass as Half Empty, Yet Our Cup Is Overflowing

It is perhaps an understatement to say that we live in an era of great pessimism. This pessimism, while not distributed evenly across the world, appears to be felt most acutely in many Western countries, including the United States. Some two-thirds of Americans, for example, feel that the United States is heading in the wrong direction and the two main candidates for the presidency exacerbate, rather than soothe, the feeling of national gloom.

- October 26, 2016

Steak and Seafood Are Signs of Prosperous Times

In China people historically relied on cereals, such as rice, for nutrition. Following economic liberalization and increased living standards consumption of cereals decreased. Conversely, consumption of animal products skyrocketed.

- October 03, 2016

Communist Economics in One Page: A Refresher Course

The nationalization of everything held back history, impoverished workers, and built an oppressive state

- September 19, 2016

Anti-Capitalism through the Ages

Flashes of socialist and anti-capitalist thinking can be discerned all the way back in antiquity.

- September 15, 2016

The Future Is Not the Hunger Games, but the Driverless Tractor

If you are interested in taking a peek at the future as it is being currently created by ordinary human beings, watch the driverless tractor instead of Hollywood's dystopias.

Actually, American Beer Is Fantastic

Not all Americans drink only Bud and Coors. The country abounds with thousands of breweries producing a huge variety of wonderful beers. 

- September 08, 2016

The Loathing of Commercial Capitalism Has Ancient Roots

Idealized societies that various thinkers have imagined throughout the ages tended to share the same prejudices: commerce is low, degrading, immoral.

- September 06, 2016

Can the United States Help Africa?

Americans are eager to help poor African countries, but "first, do no harm."

- August 05, 2016

Africa Is Getting Richer, Thanks to Capitalism

Africa's per capita income has risen by more than 50 percent since 2000, and the economy has grown at 5 percent a year.

- July 26, 2016

"Shock Therapy" Brought Countries Back to Life after Communism

Rapid reforms in ex-communist countries led to higher incomes and more political freedom.

- July 16, 2016

America Is Safer and More Tolerant than Ever

The United States has become dramatically more tolerant of religious, racial, and sexual minorities, at the same time that overall violence has declined.

- June 23, 2016

Socialist Self-Deception: Einstein and the USSR to Bernie Sanders and Venezuela

Even socialists who traveled to the Soviet Union and saw its immense poverty with their own eyes could not be shaken from their faith.

- June 01, 2016

Venezuela's Collapse Won't Bury Appeal of Socialism

It is a safe bet that more countries will refuse to learn from history and give socialism a go.

- May 20, 2016

Will Robots Take Your Job? (Or Your Identity?)

Will the robotics revolution turn us into Homo roboticus? Or Homer simponicus?

- May 06, 2016

Chernobyl Destroyed the Myth of Soviet Science

When clouds of radioactivity finally buried the socialist worker, they came from the East, not the West.

- April 30, 2016

Protectionism Won't Help America's Poor Whites

Protectionism will not solve the problem of white poverty — it will perpetuate it.

- April 20, 2016

10 Reasons You Might Want to Leave North Korea

A North Korean colonel has defected to the South; NPR reports the reasons for his defection are "not known."

- April 15, 2016

A Reminder on Socialism and Hunger

Socialists promised a utopia marked by equality and abundance; they delivered tyranny and starvation.

- March 25, 2016

War and Tyranny Crushed Hong Kong; Peace and Freedom Made It Flourish

In 1950, residents of Hong Kong earned just a third of the average Briton; today, Hongkongers earned a third more than Brits.

- March 11, 2016

Cell Phones Saved Africa from State Phone Monopolies

Africa has only 4 landlines per 100 people, but 84 percent of Africans now own a cell phone.

- March 04, 2016

Doomsday Has Been Postponed Indefinitely

The world has been getting safer, despite the recent crises in Ukraine and Syria.

- February 25, 2016

UN "Green Climate" Program Is a Slush Fund for Dictators

Countries like Zimbabwe are poor, hungry, and desperate because of corrupt dictatorships, not global warming.

- February 18, 2016

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