Towards A Good Samaritan World

Thursday, June 09, 2005

A good review of my old prof Jeff Sachs's book, by David Frum. I used to envy Sachs. A dazzlingly successful economist in youth, he was catapulted through Harvard to be shaping the destiny of nations as an economic adviser while still in his mid-30s. His class was great... but. His insistence on claiming the moral high ground sometimes got the better of his critical faculty. Sachs' road to fame was too easy. Student at Harvard, PhD at Harvard, professor at Harvard, he never had to come to terms with his own failings and weaknesses-- which is a good experience for all of us. As a result, he's naive in ways that a less successful person would be unlikely to be. No, I wouldn't want to be Jeff Sachs.

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