Michael Hobbes

Michael Hobbes

Journalist & Animator

Contributing editor and producer at Highline. Former human rights consultant.

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Pacific Standard

Why Is Zambia So Poor?

As close as I've ever gotten to writing about my dayjob. The reasons for systemic poverty are incredibly complex. The formula for solving them, to me anyway, is an absolute mystery.

Pacific Standard

The International Postal System Is Profoundly Broken—and Nobody Is Paying Attention

An obscure United Nations body is making mail from developing nations unnaturally cheap—and hurting e-commerce, manufacturing, and postal systems in industrialized countries. The Universal Postal Union is a secretive backroom club, but its missteps were born from the highest of ideals....