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Democracy has to be seen as creating a set of opportunities. It does not serve as an automatic remedy of ailments. The opportunity it opens up has to be positively grabbed in order to achieve the desired effect.

Democracy has been especially successful in preventing disasters that are easy to understand and where sympathy can take a particularly immediate form.

Political freedoms and liberties are permissive advantages, and their effectiveness would depend on how they are exercised.

Our conception of needs relates to our ideas of the preventable nature of some depravations, and to our understanding of what can be done about them.

I'm glad I am not alone in this struggle.

App-making is nothing like building a house. It’s more like building the first house ever in the history of houses, with a pile of rusty nails and your bare hands, in a non-stop tornado.

The real issues that have to be addressed lie elsewhere, and they involve taking note of extensive interconnections between political freedoms and the understanding and fulfilment of economic needs.

The highly labour-intensive nature of healthcare and basic education—and human development in general—makes them comparatively cheap in early stages of economic development, when labour costs are low.

Human development is first and foremost an ally of the poor, rather than of the rich and the affluent.

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I laugh at the software as if I'm 100% confident that it's 2019.

Broader approaches are often harder to “sell” than narrowly focused reforms that try to achieve “one thing at a time”

Today was the right day to not ride 🚴‍♂️

If I ever were to compile a list of top foods optimised for developing dental cavities, Snickers would be way up there for sure.

The confounding of welfare comparison with real-income comparison exacts a heavy price.

They can get some indirect weight only if—and only to the extent that—they enlarge real incomes and commodity holdings.

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All variables other than commodity holdings (important matters such as mortality, morbidity, education, liberties and recognized rights) get—implicitly—a zero direct weight in evaluations based exclusively on the real-income approach.

The fact that market-price-based evaluation of utility from commodity bundles gives the misleading impression that an already available “operational metric” has been preselected for evaluative use is a limitation rather than an asset.

Real incomes can be rather poor indicators of important components of well-being and quality of life that people have reason to value.

The distinction between making a judgement by way of reflection vs interpersonal agreement (or consensus).

Relevant to my week that has just passed: It is therefore better to avoid race conditions by careful software design rather than attempting to fix them afterwards.

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