We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously

by Larry Emmott on January 14, 2020

in General

From The Spectator:

Let nobody tell you that the second decade of the 21st century has been a bad time. We are living through the greatest improvement in human living standards in history. Extreme poverty has fallen below 10 per cent of the world’s population for the first time. It was 60 per cent when I was born. Global inequality has been plunging as Africa and Asia experience faster economic growth than Europe and North America; child mortality has fallen to record low levels; famine virtually went extinct; malaria, polio and heart disease are all in decline.Little of this made the news, because good news is no news. But I’ve been watching it all closely. Ever since I wrote The Rational Optimist in 2010, I’ve been faced with ‘what about…’ questions: what about the great recession, the euro crisis, Syria, Ukraine, Donald Trump? How can I possibly say that things are getting better, given all that? The answer is: because bad things happen while the world still gets better. Yet get better it does, and it has done so over the course of this decade at a rate that has astonished even starry-eyed me

Source: We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously | The Spectator

By one of my favorite authors Matt Ridley. I have enjoyed all of his books, especially The Rational Optimist.

We live in remarkable times yet people seem determined to be miserable. There is no reason that the coming decade will not be even better.

 

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