Tuesday Links

  • This may be the best take on “silent privilege” I’ve ever read . Read it
  • Uber and UberX are killing it in New York City, and the livery companies aren’t happy about it. Fortunately, they have no ground to stand on; their argument is basically that Uber is better at attracting customers than they are
  • Speaking of Uber, it’s occasionally lambasted for jacking up prices during peak demand periods (think New Years Eve or during a snowstorm) – does that make it evil, as some people seem to think? Of course not – it’s just fluctuating its price to decrease demand and increase supply until it hits equilibrium, and everyone is better off for it (except perhaps other livery companies and the taxi union)
  • Yum Brands (which owns KFC and Taco Bell, among other fast food brands) is looking to Africa as a huge potential market (I’ve had it in Dar es Salaam, and it was pretty good…). USAID/Gates Foundation are inadvertently helping it out by aligning soy farmers, chicken growers, and chicken processors, and the author of this article seems to have a problem with that. I think he’s mistaken. There’s a growing demand for consistent, quick food in many urban areas in Sub-Saharan Africa, and establishing value chains for it will help myriad farmers and other workers escape subsistence farming
  • Ever heard the one about Monsanto’s GMO cotton causing Indian farmers to commit suicide? It’s not true. You’re being lied to, over and over again
  • Unsolicited branding advice for Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame: if you want to be seen as a technocratic, calm, balanced president, you have to stop saying things like this. It makes you look a lot more like the steely autocrat Howard French argues you really are (here and here)

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