- Christia Freeland is discussing whether children's suffrage is the answer to the conundrum of advanced democracies borrowing heavily to support the elderly:
Part of the problem, Demeny realized, was that as democratic societies aged, so did their politics. After all, the elderly had a vote, while children did not. Gray voters used that power to shift public expenditures toward themselves, sometimes funding these programs by borrowing against the earning power of the rising generation of workers.
- After staying at a home for Hindu widows in India, photo blogger Adnan Abidi has some remarkable pictures of Women largely cut off from the world:
Widows, either abandoned by their family members or shunned by society, find their life’s last refuge in various government run shelters such as this one. They come here from all across the country, but mostly from Bengal, where they survive by begging and chanting hymns in temples.
- The Economist's Free Exchange blog has invited experts to weigh in on the value of the Internet. University of Michigan Professor Yan Chen has attempted to answer the question by looking at the value of Google search to both consumers and advertisers:
It is now possible for everyone on the planet to have access to all the information humans have ever produced. The barriers to this utopian dream are not technological, but legal and economic. When we manage to solve these problems, we will be able to unlock vast pools of human potential that have hitherto been inaccessible. In the future this will be viewed as a turning point in human history, and economic advances generated by global access to all information will be recognized as the true value of the internet.