FDR reminded us of this many years ago. And, according to author Gregg Easterbrook it’s never being truer than today. So while we dwell on small details the big picture for the world is that whatever indices you use–disease, poverty, resource depletion, crime, food supply, world war–the world has never been better off. Mr. Easterbrook admits that inequality and climate change remain challenges, but, in his mind, more easily overcome against this backdrop of improving conditions around the globe. It’s an optimist’s view of the human condition and a welcome change from 24/7 misery many are selling. His thesis is ‘It’s Better Than it Looks’. Cheer up and listen.
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