The 2010s: Humanity’s Best Decade yet
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
Some people are convinced the human race is plunging headlong toward extinction unless we renounce modernity, free markets, and liberty.
Their political stunts and cries of doom get headlines. But is humanity really teetering on the brink? Of course not. And as Matt Ridley writes in The Spectator, the 2010s was the best decade in our collective history:
We are living through the greatest improvement in human living standards in history. Extreme poverty has fallen below 10 percent of the world’s population for the first time. It was 60 percent 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.
Undeniably good news. Unless, of course, your worldview is one in which an increasingly healthy – and wealthy – human race is an unsustainable, unmitigated evil that must be “controlled.”
The apocalyptic, extinction-obsessed, left will never admit things are getting better for more people in more places. But it’s happening, and growing…despite the increasingly hysterical cries of the doom-mongers.
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