What? The Economist claims ‘little evidence’ light, electricity transform people’s lives

Earlier this month, The Economist issued a tweet claiming there is “little evidence” light and electricity actually transform the lives of poor people.

“Light to all nations? There is little evidence that electricity and light truly transform people’s lives,” The Economist said, linking to an article from February.

Say what???

One person noted:

It should also be noted that electricity was probably used to publish the original article as well.


Now there’s an idea…


When you think about it, that’s exactly what this is all about.

We agree with those on Twitter who said that everyone at the Economist who agrees with this should step up and lead by example.  Let them live without electricity, without lights and without hot and cold running water.  Let them try to do their jobs with no power.

In fact, maybe we should let them go without any modern conveniences whatsoever.  That’s right — no car, no internet, nothing.  Let them live the way we used to, say, two or three hundred years ago.  And not just for a few hours.  No, let them try it for, say, 30 days.

Something tells me they’ll end up begging for power and light by the end of that time.

We agree.

This, by the way, is the modern left, and yes, they’re serious about this nonsense.  Something tells me, however, they would never impose on themselves what they want to impose on the rest of us…


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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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