Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, February 24, 2018

The world is about 100 times wealthier than 200 years ago and, contrary to popular belief, its wealth is more evenly distributed. The share of people killed annually in wars is less than a quarter of that in the 1980s and half a percent of the toll in the second world war. During the 20th century Americans became 96% less likely to die in a car crash, 92% less likely to perish in a fire and 95% less likely to expire on the job.





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Its not 100 times wealthier its 99 times wealthier..

~ Hans

#1 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-02-24 02:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"~ Hans" - #1 | Posted by Andrea|Mackris at 2018-02-24 02:48 PM

When all you have are lies, make something up.

#2 | Posted by Hans at 2018-02-24 03:07 PM | Reply

The book "Abundance" makes a great case for optimism about the future. I have to acknowledge civilization has steadily improved and likely will continue to improve in spite of my innate pessimism.

.ps Andrea did you get fired from an SFO job, if not why so bitter?

#3 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-24 03:17 PM | Reply


Of course the is always better, but there are still utility bear periods. The dark ages, for instance.

#4 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-02-24 04:33 PM | Reply

From the article:

"The rise of populism challenges Mr Pinker's thesis. Supporters of Donald Trump, Brexit and various authoritarian parties in Europe tend to believe that the old days were golden, that experts can't be trusted and the institutions of liberal democracy are a conspiracy to enrich the elite. Some want to tear down these institutions and start again -- which would at the very least interrupt the incremental progress that Mr Pinker champions.

Without downplaying the risks, he remains optimistic. The checks and balances that populists decry are reasonably effective in most rich countries and will outlast the current crop of demagogues. Supporters of populism will become disillusioned, or will simply die off."

So are we buying everything the author has to say, or are we being selective?

#5 | Posted by Foreigner at 2018-02-24 05:21 PM | Reply

"TO ANYONE who reads a newspaper, this can seem a miserable world."

Obviously, the author doesn't read enough newspapers.

But damn, this was icky sweet. Except, I guess, to some people. I don't think Corky will like this part:

"Mr Pinker draws especial comfort from the decline of faith. Worldwide, although 59% of people are religious, that share has fallen from nearly 100% a century ago. As people grow richer, he argues, they abandon the crutch of belief and rely more on reason."

Heh. More room for Cthulhu.

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-02-24 05:24 PM | Reply

Obviously, the author doesn't read enough newspapers.

I get your point, but good news is not good for news. It seems like good news is always in some small feel good section buried in a bunch of awful news. But I don't think this is a good representation of reality.

#7 | Posted by horstngraben at 2018-02-26 09:28 AM | Reply

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