Chelsea Follett, HumanProgress.org

Chelsea Follett

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Fairfax, VA, United States

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Recent:
  • HumanProgress.org
Past:
  • The Hill
  • Cato Institute
  • CapX
  • Tallahassee Democrat
  • USA TODAY
  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Recent articles by Chelsea:

Sri Lanka Is a Wake-Up Call for Eco-Utopians

Earlier this week, a group of Sri Lankan protestors took a refreshing dip in President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s pool. It was probably a welcome respite from the steamy eighty-degree day in Colombo, as well from the unprecedented economic crisis currently devastating the country. Over the last year, Sri Lanka has experienced an annual inflation rate of more than 50 percent, with food prices rising 80… → Read More

Rosemarie Fike: The Human Progress Podcast Ep. 28 Transcript

The full conversation between Rosemarie Fike and Chelsea Follett can be found here. The transcript is below. Chelsea Follett: Joining me today is Rosemarie Fike. Rosemarie is an instructor of Economics at Texas Christian University, and a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute. She received her MA in Economics at George Mason University, and her PhD in Economics at Florida State University, and… → Read More

The Tragic Origins of Father's Day

This article originally appeared on RealClearHistory.com Few are familiar with the tragic origins of Father’s Day. Father’s Day was inspired by both a lethal workplace catastrophe and by a single father who raised six children after his wife’s untimely death. In 1907, an explosion in a West Virginia coal mine resulted in the deaths of 361 men, 250 of whom were fathers. It was the deadliest… → Read More

Centers of Progress, Pt. 37: Dubrovnik (Public Health)

Today marks the 37th installment in a series of articles by HumanProgress.org called Centers of Progress. Where does progress happen? The story of civilization is in many ways the story of the city. It is the city that has helped to create and define the modern world. This bi-weekly column will give a short overview of urban centers that were the sites of pivotal advances in culture, economics,… → Read More

This Mother’s Day, Celebrate Progress for Mothers and Children

This article originally appeared in The Virginian‐​Pilot. Few know the story of the woman who inspired Mother’s Day. Her name was Ann Jarvis, and the many tragedies in her life demonstrate how much more difficult motherhood was in the past and the progress that has been made since. Ann was born in 1832 in Virginia, and married at age 18. After marrying, Ann had 13 children over the course of 17… → Read More

Matt Warner: The Human Progress Podcast Ep. 20 Transcript

The full conversation between Chelsea Follett and Matt Warner can be found here. The transcript is below. Chelsea Follett: Today, joining the Human Progress Podcast is Matt Warner. He is president of Atlas Network, a non-profit that aims to secure the rights to economic and personal freedom for all individuals through its global network of think tanks, supporting local NGOs in more than 90… → Read More

Mourning, Merriment, and Hazardous History of Holiday Lights

Spectacular twinkling displays are a staple of the holiday season, from elaborately lit homes to drive-through light shows. But electric lights are more than a charming way to ward off the winter gloom; they have also made this time of year considerably safer than in the past. The first Christmas lights were candles. The practice of placing lit candles on Christmas trees dates to at least 1660… → Read More

Crashing Through the Snow: The Grim Sarcasm Behind 'Jingle Bells'

It’s the holiday season, and Christmas carols are everywhere, including the ubiquitous “Jingle Bells,” first published in 1857. Many take the refrain, “Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh!” at face value. But an underappreciated aspect of the lyrics is that they are actually rather cynical about sleigh rides. Part of the song goes: > The horse was lean and lank Misfortune… → Read More

What Kamala Harris Gets Wrong about Inequality

Vice President Kamala Harris claimed, in the wake of the infrastructure bill’s recent passage, that the world has seen “a dramatic rise in inequality.” She continued, “Why is it that 1 in 4 people in our world lack access to clean drinking water at home? Why is it that 1 in 3 women in the world experience sexual or physical violence during her lifetime? Why is it that only half of the world has… → Read More

Prosperity comes from sustainable economic growth, not well-Intentioned redistribution

Advocacy, however well-intended, of unfeasible or ineffective solutions, does less good than support for the proven policies and institutions that have brought global poverty to lows beyond our ancestors’ wildest dreams. → Read More

Centers of Progress, Pt. 29: Berlin (Fall of Communism)

Today marks the twenty-ninth installment in a series of articles by HumanProgress.org called Centers of Progress. Where does progress happen? The story of civilization is in many ways the story of the city. It is the city that has helped to create and define the modern world. This bi-weekly column will give a short overview of urban centers that were the sites of pivotal advances in culture,… → Read More

Centers of Progress, Pt. 28: New York (Finance)

Today marks the twenty-eighth installment in a series of articles by HumanProgress.org called Centers of Progress. Where does progress happen? The story of civilization is in many ways the story of the city. It is the city that has helped to create and define the modern world. This bi-weekly column will give a short overview of urban centers that were the sites of pivotal advances in culture,… → Read More

Centers of Progress, Pt. 24: Wellington (Suffrage)

As New Zealand’s seat of government, Wellington was at the center of the first successful campaign to grant women the right to vote. → Read More

Centers of Progress, Pt. 21: Bologna (Universities)

Introducing the city that pioneered the university model of higher learning. → Read More

Centers of Progress, Pt. 20: Vienna (Music)

The musical and artistic legacies of Vienna have enriched humanity. → Read More

Transcript: Follett Discusses Neo-Malthusianism on The Blaze

Our managing editor joins The Blaze to discuss the dangers of neo-Malthusianism and population alarmism. → Read More

Centers of Progress, Pt. 17: Paris (Enlightenment)

Parisian thinkers contributed many world-changing ideas to humanity and were instrumental in bringing about the Age of Enlightenment. → Read More

Why We Should Appreciate Peaceful Transitions of Power

It is no simple matter for a diverse democratic community to sustain itself despite inevitable internal conflicts. → Read More

Centers of Progress, Pt. 13: Florence (Art)

Renaissance-era Florence contributed to significant advances in politics, business, finance, engineering, science, philosophy, architecture and artistic achievement. → Read More

Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us

As a staunch advocate for the environment and a nonpartisan pragmatist, Michael Shellenberger was dismayed to see many other leaders within the environmental movement engaging in apocalypticism while forgoing advocacy for tractable, evidence‐​based solutions to climate change, such as the adoption of nuclear power. In fact, many environmentalists actively oppose humanity’s only scalable green… → Read More