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There’s Never Been A Better Time to Be Alive

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Johan Norberg wrote his excellent new book Progress for three reasons. First, because something important happened. Second, because no one believes it. And third, because it’s dangerous that they don’t believe it.

Norberg’s book comprehensively documents the myriad ways the state of humanity has vastly improved over the past couple of centuries. Global life expectancy was just 31 years in 1900. Now it has risen to over 71 years. In 1800, no country on earth had a life expectancy greater than 40 years. Now no country has a life expectancy under 40 years. And people aren’t just living longer; they’re living longer with fewer disabilities.

The World Bank has defined the level of abject poverty at the equivalent of $2 per day. In 1800, when world population was around one billion, 94 percent of our ancestors lived in abject poverty. In 1990, some 37 percent of people still lived below the abject poverty line. Since then, the percentage of people on earth living in abject poverty has fallen below 10 percent.

Global GDP increased as much in the past 30 years as it did in the previous 30,000 years. In 1986, global GDP stood (in inflation-adjusted terms) at $33 trillion. It now exceeds $73 trillion. Thirty years ago, global per capita GDP was $6,600. It is $10,000 today.

Being healthier has gotten cheaper. In 1900, for example, the infant mortality rate in countries with a per capita income of $1,000 was 20 per 100 live births. Today, in a country with exactly the same per capita income, the infant mortality rate is 7 per 100 births. “So even if a country had not experienced any economic growth in a 100 years, infant mortality would have been reduced by two-thirds,” he writes. Spillovers in sanitation and medical knowledge help even the very poorest live longer and healthier lives.

We probably live at the most peaceful time in recorded history; your chances of being killed by another human being are far lower than in the past. For example, the annual homicide rate in medieval Europe was 32 people per 100,000. In the late 20th century, that rate dropped to about 1 per 100,000. The death rates of people being killed in wars have also fallen steeply, dropping from 195 people per million in 1950 to 8 per million in 2013.

The environments in which people live, especially as countries become wealthy, have dramatically improved. Thanks for modern farming, the world is approaching peak farmland, which means that millions of acres of land will be reverting to nature over the course of this century. Composite air pollution levels in the U.S. are 63 percent lower than they were in 1980. In a recent talk at the Cato Institute, Norberg presented a graph that showed the global progress made on hunger, poverty, illiteracy, child mortality, and U.S. pollution since 1990:

NorbergImprovementJohan Norberg

Norberg also writes intelligently about tradeoffs in the environmental arena. For example, he points out that spending $10 billion to build natural gas electric generation plants could help lift 90 million people out of poverty. Spending the same amount on renewable sources of electricity would help only 20 to 27 million people, leaving more than 60 million still living and dying in poverty.

Norberg also celebrated the progress made on boosting education. In 1800, only 12 percent of adults could read. As late as 1950, the global literacy rate was just 40 percent. It is now 86 percent. The literacy differential between men and women is also shrinking. Among those aged 15 to 24, the international female literacy rate is almost 96 percent of the male rate.

ProgressBookCoverOneworldEducating women is key to even faster progress. Study after study finds that enabling girls and women to complete secondary education cuts the number of children they bear by between one-third and one-half. Basically, the desired number of children that couples want to have falls as women gain greater control over their fertility and participate in the wage economy outside of the home. A 2015 study by the McKinsey consultancy calculated that if women achieved parity with men in the labor markets, that would boost global GDP in 2025 by $28 trillion, or 26 percent.

Yet few people in rich countries actually believe all this amazing news. Max Roser, curator of the invaluable Our World In Data website, reports cluelessly depressing data from polls that asked if people think the world is getting better, worse, or neither. Only 6 percent of Americans said the world was getting better. Even fewer Britons, Germans, Australians, and French thought that world is improving.

One reason: People focus on the floods of bad news that clot our 24-hour news channels and social media platforms. Since people are psychologically constituted to focus on the negative, people get the impression that the world is falling apart.

Norberg argues that this incredibly dangerous. “Fear is the health of the state,” he asserts. Or as newspaperman H.L. Mencken once observed, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” Such mistaken beliefs, Norberg warns, actually undermine support for the institutions of liberty that make progress possible.

“All of the progress that has been recorded in this book is the result of hard-working people, scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs with strange, new ideas, and brave individuals who fought for their freedom to do new things in new ways,” Norberg concludes. “If progress is to continue, you and I will have to carry the torch.”


49 Comments on "There’s Never Been A Better Time to Be Alive"

  1. Davy on Fri, 14th Oct 2016 7:10 pm 

    And some here complain about my doom well read this:

    “The Pentagon Warns Of Looming Dystopian Future For “Megacities”

    “The year is 2030. Forget about the flying cars, robot maids, and moving sidewalks we were promised. They’re not happening. But that doesn’t mean the future is a total unknown. According to a startling Pentagon video obtained by The Intercept, the future of global cities will be an amalgam of the settings of “Escape from New York” and “Robocop” — with dashes of the “Warriors” and “Divergent” thrown in. It will be a world of Robert Kaplan-esque urban hellscapes — brutal and anarchic supercities filled with gangs of youth-gone-wild, a restive underclass, criminal syndicates, and bands of malicious hackers. At least that’s the scenario outlined in “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” a five-minute video that has been used at the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University. All that stands between the coming chaos and the good people of Lagos and Dhaka (or maybe even New York City) is the U.S. Army, according to the video, which The Intercept obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.”

  2. Me on Fri, 14th Oct 2016 8:51 pm 

    What bullshit this article and book actually is. Never mind the fact that in “exchange” for this “prosperity” we’ve absolutely ruined the future habitability of this planet, or that we still have millions living in abject poverty, millions starving every year, species extinctions occuring faster and faster, technology causing all kinds of social conflicts and problems and that the “average age” is all the result of modern science and medicine which in turn is leading to some really horrible untreatable superbugs and that our health is now worse then every with all kinds of horrendous diseases. This sound like a book for cornicopians and capitalistic slaves to drool over. Not for me as I’m neither.

  3. fu on Fri, 14th Oct 2016 8:52 pm 

    Only fags like this author are enjoying progress since no one will cut their throat for spreading lying propaganda.

  4. Apneaman on Fri, 14th Oct 2016 9:29 pm 

    Davy, when does the pentagon and entire MIC not warn? They deal in paranoia and that video is nothing but a slick PR piece. What’s the point? How about we need a shit load more money to protect those happy few (elite & managers) who will be experiencing all those tech marvels to come. Will keep the ever growing have nots away, just give us the funds. There may be some truth to it, but the intention is self serving and I’ll need to see all that fancy new future technology to believe it. 80% of the masses will be living in a poverty stricken urban jungle, but innovation and tech will go exponential. I wonder who will be paying for the R&D when the mega tax base is gone? Most of today’s tech roots come courtesy of western tax payers and predominantly America going back to WWII.

  5. Apneaman on Fri, 14th Oct 2016 9:37 pm 

    Ah yes, to be young and in Pairs – never been a better time.

  6. Sissyfuss on Fri, 14th Oct 2016 9:38 pm 

    This article has dropped the scales from my eyes. I was blind to how wonderful mans’ presence in the world was. More of us living longer, what a blessing! I’m gonna go get me a young wife and start impregnating her immediately. More kids is a surefire way to paradise. Yee Haa!

  7. Apneaman on Fri, 14th Oct 2016 9:39 pm 

    Global debt balloons to all-time high of $152 trillion, IMF warns

    No worries, it will pay itself back. Never better.

  8. Davy on Fri, 14th Oct 2016 9:40 pm 

    No point just news. Is that illegal beagle?

  9. Davy on Fri, 14th Oct 2016 9:40 pm 

    “Visualizing America’s $18 Trillion Economy (In 3 Stunning Maps)”

    “The first map redraws state borders to make seven “mega-states” that each have individual economies the size of major countries.”

    “The second map compares the economies of metropolitan areas with entire countries.”

    “The final map builds on this idea, showing that half of America’s economic output comes just from a selection of metropolitan areas.”

  10. Apneaman on Fri, 14th Oct 2016 9:44 pm 

    Sea food has never been more abundant and at low low prices.

    Are humans causing a sixth mass extinction in the oceans?
    Climate change is not the primary driver threatening to render large ocean animals extinct, scientists found.

    “Humans are threatening large sea creatures primarily by hunting and fishing them, the researchers found.”

    ““These losses in the ocean are paralleling what humans did to land animals some 50,000 to 10,000 years ago, when we wiped out around half of the big-bodied mammal species on Earth, like mammoths, mastodons, saber-tooth cats and the like,” Dr. Barnosky told The Washington Post’s Chris Mooney.

    The heightened threat to large marine genera is a recent phenomenon, reversing a 500 million-year pattern. The researchers made this discovery by comparing traits of nearly 2,500 extinct marine vertebrates and mollusks alongside others currently in danger of extinction.”

  11. Apneaman on Fri, 14th Oct 2016 9:47 pm 

    You can tell things have never been better by how satisfied so many are.

    Americans are losing faith in democracy — and in each other

  12. Apneaman on Fri, 14th Oct 2016 9:55 pm 

    And the best thing about it is we increased our population and material wealth without any consequences human extinction by 2100 at all, right kids? Be proud to be a modern, by golly.

    A flood disaster in N.C.: Satellite photos before and after Hurricane Matthew

    Yes, Climate Change Helped Matthew Produce a Massive Swath of Destruction Extending From Haiti to Southeastern Virginia

    “Rising sea levels spurred by global warming is an enabler of worsening coastal flooding during storms. In addition, added atmospheric moisture and ocean heat due to global warming increases peak potential storm intensity.”

    “Matthew’s heavy rains were unarguably pumped up by near record atmospheric moisture levels due to conditions related to climate change. And Matthew’s long, strong intensity was fed by all that climate change related heat and moisture. Like Sandy and Katrina, Matthew was a fore-runner to the worse storms that are now on the way.”

  13. Apneaman on Fri, 14th Oct 2016 10:20 pm 

    Technology – never better & green green green.

    Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Recall Is an Environmental Travesty

    “Lost in the hype about Samsung permanently pulling the plug on its exploding phone is this: The failure of the Galaxy Note 7 is an environmental tragedy, regardless of what Samsung decides will happen to the 2.5 million devices it manufactured.”

    “Smartphones are not really recycled.”

    “There are two main things to consider here: First, though smartphones weigh less than a pound, it was estimated in 2013 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers estimated that it takes roughly 165 pounds of raw mined materials to make the average cell phone, a number that is certainly higher for the Note 7, being both one of the largest and most advanced smartphones phones ever created. Second, much of that mined material is going to be immediately lost.”


    US bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all flights

    You can’t take it on any aircraft, even if the phone is turned off.

    Jeep burned down by new Samsung Galaxy Note 7:video

  14. Boat on Fri, 14th Oct 2016 11:51 pm 

    You should already be dead. But because of tech and FF you can live to an advanced age. Fire that computer up and blame away. Explain once again all ways we face eminent collapse.

  15. dooma on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 12:15 am 

    The author failed to mention that many people can look forward to owning ocean-front property this century, whether they want it or not.

    I will give someone $1000 AUD if they show me video proof of calling a soapbox rally in Hati and informing everybody that they have never been better off.

    Can I get a kitty started with some other posters contributing?

  16. makati1 on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 1:12 am 

    Techie junk is not progressing. Nothing new has been discovered in decades. The computer is older (1936) than I am. All they do now is add “new features” most don’t even use. But it sells new gadgets to the gullible and the techie freaks. (Are they both the same? ^_^)

    As for life extension finds, few since Jonas Salk actually work. The ability to prevent childbirth deaths added most to the human longevity average, but that to is receding into history as more women die in childbirth today in most than in previous decades. The US is sliding down that ladder already.

    “In the United States, the maternal death rate averaged 9.1 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births during the years 1979–1986, but then rose rapidly to 14 per 100,000 in 2000 and 17.8 per 100,000 in 2009. In 2013 the rate was 18.5 deaths per 100,000 live births, with some 800 maternal deaths reported.” WIKI

    That US death rate has nearly doubled in the last 30 years. We seem to be losing the techie war…lol.

  17. dooma on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 1:27 am 

    It is a war of waste though Mak. We still NEED to update our technical equipment every two years or risk being ridiculed by our peers lol.

    I am talking about the younger generation mostly. The young folk is the age group that gets targeted by the advertising agencies for phones, computers and so forth.

  18. GregT on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 2:52 am 

    “You should already be dead. But because of tech and FF you can live to an advanced age.”

    When you’re dead Boat, it makes no difference whether you lived to age 5, or age 95. Dead is dead.

  19. makati1 on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 3:47 am 

    dooma, when the SHTF, and all the supposed techie cures and fixes go away, as they will, the death rate will explode and the human longevity will plunge to new lows as the obesity become a real killer and the genes that carry weaknesses regain their power. I see a billion plus gone the first year and mostly in the 1st world where that tech is most predominant and relied on.

  20. makati1 on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 3:58 am 

    GregT, perhaps the lucky ones are those who die before the SHTF?

  21. Cloggie on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 4:03 am 

    The article is correct as far as it concerns the presence, certainly for Europe…

    …but probably also still for North-America.

    Peak Well-Being is here.

    (Provided you stay away from party pooper sites like this one)

    But if you ask an average westerner about future prospects, many give negative answers.

    Davy links to a Pentagon study, painting a very bleak picture about the future of mega-cities. You can trust the Pentagon to shut up about the real reasons for the distopian future, although they know but can’t say.

    The reason is demographic change. Nice Christian whitey, the devirilised fool equiped with two Other Cheeks, is being replaced by barbarians from the south with zero restriction on breeding, that’s why. Go look at Detroit, Baltimore, London, Charleston, Flint, St. Louis, Leicester and the rest of the (mostly Anglo) hell holes. Together with the satanic crowd who owns the US and by proxy the rest of the West since 1945, responsible for the disaster and you have a toxic mix that will destroy us (white posters/readers of this site) all.

    The dystopian future the Pentagon is talking about in full display:

    Remedy: throw all the articles of faith that emerged since 1968 overboard and promote:
    – anti-feminism
    – anti third world worshipping, the third world is the enemy and a gigantic threat
    – closed borders equiped with armed guards
    – anti-leftism
    – historic revisionism
    – ethnic based communities
    – patriarchy
    – anti-more economic growth, enough is enough, less is better
    – broad survival skills rather than over-specialization
    – dump flight self-defeating Christianity

    Peak Well-being is now but it is down hill from now on.

  22. Theedrich on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 4:04 am 

    Hillary:  Nuke the planet to avenge the Jews.  That is the banshee’s threat if her donors’ favorite Disneyland is touched.  Talking to Jake Tapper on ABC’s Good Morning America on 2008 April 22, Hillary told him, “In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.

    Besides “obliterating” 80 million Iranians, that would also ignite World War Three and eliminate all higher life on this planet.  How nice.  The author of the above piece does indeed have it right:  “There’s Never Been A Better Time to Be Alive” so that we can all die together in one vast Clintonian planeticide.

    Yup.  Good planning, Hillary.  Stronger together.  In the global crematorium you’re planning for us.

  23. Cloggie on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 4:06 am 

    – dump/fight self-defeating Christianity

  24. Davy on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 6:40 am 

    “Go look at Detroit, Baltimore, London, Charleston, Flint, St. Louis, Leicester and the rest of the (mostly Anglo) hell holes.”

    Yea, Clog, go look at them. You have never been to any of them but act like an expert. There are hell holes in these cities. In St Louis where I was born and have family it is a nice city except for a few areas. The same can be said for many European cities. St Louis is a big city with a small town attitude. It is not Chicago. Its GDP is 149BIl which is half of your Amsterdam. It has a small portion of north St Louis that is a ghetto. It has some black suburbs like Ferguson that are problematic but the worst of it is a 15 block section of North St Louis. There are many poor areas in Europe especially the periphery I have been to and they are ugly, filthy, and dangerous.

  25. Davy on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 6:55 am 

    Wow, here is Nobel Peace Prize Obama’s last action legacy. A cyber war on Putin oops I mean Russia.
    “Obama Tells CIA To Prepare For Cyber War With Russia”

    “In what is looking more and more like a season finale of the HBO series “House of Cards” with each passing day, the Obama administration is now literally threatening a cyber war with Russia over allegations it was behind the hacking of Clinton’s emails. According to an exclusive NBC report, the Obama administration “is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action” (though it’s unclear how exactly it’s covert if Biden is announcing it to the world via an interview with Chuck Todd) against Russia, in “retaliation for alleged” interference in the American presidential election, and has asked the CIA to draft plans for a “wide-ranging “clandestine” cyber operation designed to harass and “embarrass” the Kremlin leadership.”

  26. Cloggie on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 7:21 am 

    St. Louis East:

    Baltimore 2015 riots:

    Paris 2016 apocalipse:

    In 2011 *every* large British city was on fire after the police wacked a criminal darkie:

    French no-go areas:
    Calais epic Hungarian truck driver rant:

    Coming right-wing European response:

    Dresden weekly marches (going on for 2 years now; Dresden is almost 100% white)

    Massive display of anti-Islamic Polish nationalism:
    Head French CIA says civil war in France is immanent.

    Hungarians rejecting in referendum with 98% the Soros western migration agenda.

    Ukrainian hardcore nationalists with pan-European agenda:
    (expect large number of armed East-European freelance fighters to move Westwards when the break-down of the French social order will begin. French fools are still celebrating on July 14 that they killed 1000s of their best people under the guilliotine)

    Let’s bring it on, the end of progressive egalitarian modernity promoted by the US sanhedrin and move into the multi-polair world order, based on ancient great civilizations: Greco-Roman-Christian, Confucianism, Islam, Buddhism, Shintoism, Shintoism, etc.

  27. joe on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 7:55 am 

    Im sorry, but Americans are high on prescription drugs most of the time, its no wonder some people think everythings ok. Russia gave its people vodka, Americans get valium and ritalin.
    Its all a big scam, we live longer because we pump ourselves full of antibiotics that bugs are growing resistant to and there is more peace because of the UN and nukes (war at all cost is not profitable anymore). As for the environment, I cant see humanity volunteering itself for degrowth without some real catalyst way beyond the war on terror or the mass Rustyria going on right now.
    The paris deal will go the way of the rest.

  28. makati1 on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 8:20 am 

    ‘There’s Never Been A Better Time to Be Alive”

    Yes there was, but it was 50 years ago.

  29. Davy on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 8:24 am 

    Sure Joe, all Americans? Joe, you telling me 330MIL Americans are on drugs? “Americans are high on prescription drugs most of the time” I don’t drink or use drugs. Another dumbass European that probably never has been to the US talk like an expert. Joe, please give me the Brit figures which are very closely related I am sure.

    Illicit Drug Use* Illicit drug use in the United States has been increasing. In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older—9.4 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug in the past month.

    In the US alone, more than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs. Source: Foundation for a Drug-Free World

    In 2005, 6.6% of the US population aged 12 or older, or 16 million people, reported heavy drinking (binge drinking on at least five days of the past thirty days).

  30. penury on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 10:30 am 

    Well you all can take comfort in the old song “We will all go together when we go”, Re-read what Davy wrote,”Obama declares Cyber-War on Russia.” It will not stay “Cyber” for very long kids.

  31. Boat on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 10:54 am 

    makati1 on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 8:20 am

    ‘There’s Never Been A Better Time to Be Alive”
    Yes there was, but it was 50 years ago.

    There is mak, stooped with age, keeping his head down, an ever watchful eye to avoid the piles of human waste. Was this really such a good idea after all he mused. The squeak from one of the wheels of his oxygen tank oddly kept time kept time as he trudged along.

  32. GregT on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 11:31 am 

    Hillary Clinton should be tried in an international court for crimes against humanity.

    Wake up America. Last chance.

  33. GregT on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 11:33 am 

    “The squeak from one of the wheels of his oxygen tank oddly kept time kept time as he trudged along.”

    You are one seriously fucked up individual Boat.

  34. yellowcanoe on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 12:36 pm 

    The writer is correct that the world has gotten a lot better over the last 100 years. It doesn’t follow though that this trend will continue given the deterioration of the environment, population growth, climate change, resource limits, etc.

  35. Not A Liberal on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 12:38 pm 

    Yea there was a better time to be alive, I was there, I was born in 1938. I was raised in Los Angeles, I’ve seen a major metropolis and prosperous city in two generations turn into an unliveable shithole. Thankfully I was one of the lucky ones who got out early. Yea, when people all had stable 40 hour jobs, union pay, 2 cars, little to no debt, had 3-4 kids, and a loving wife, people were significantly happier.

    American optimism is at an all time low and I can see why. The air is poison, the people are poison, the politicians hate Americans and hate laws, and the only true right you still have is guns. But rest assured the elites are working tirelessly to bring in more third world hordes to take your last precious rights away. I have never met a man over 40 who has gone, “Things are better now than they were when I was growing up.” They look at the past with nostalgia and the future with deep pessimism. Never been a better time to be dead and not having to see a nation dissolve.

  36. Apneaman on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 2:02 pm 

    Seems that the fucking retards around here (boat, clogged, et al) have no problem with the very obvious fact that the last 100 years of material & medical prosperity IS coming at the cost of AGW and the 6th mass extinction because of human activity to obtain said goodies. The humans are on the extinction list as one of the most vulnerable. Unlikely to make it out of this century.

    No one here denies the advancement courtesy of the human mind. Why do y’all keep repeating the same fucking things over and over? We all know about the goodies since we have them. That is not, nor ever was the issue. The issue is that it was a species ending (yours) suicide project. Also, it doesn’t matter how much I personally benefited from being born when I was or that it possibly extended my life span. Why is this considered a defence? Look at the non logic in that non argument. Because you have benefited from modernity, you are not allowed to criticize it? Really? Says who? Where is that written? That is not an argument, that’s trying to silence what make you feel very uncomfortable and that you have no real response to. Like you are going to guilt me into not speaking about the consequence? The consequence you want to remain willfully ignorant of. Like I’m obligated to remain silent about the consequences according to some unspoken and unwritten rule because I happened to be born in the time and place (modernity) I was? The reason you keep repeating this lame assed strategy is because you have no good response to the consequences. Admit them and your entire worldview comes crumbling down, so just keep shouting up the benefits – the happy half of the story.

    The good ship modernity has hit the berg and is taking on water. It was looking at the berg and full steaming straight towards it the entire time. Thought it was unsinkable. Yet even now, as it sinks further into the sea, some of it’s biggest proponents are bragging about how massive and luxurious it is and how all the passengers should be eternally grateful that they got to ride on it……. and be quiet about the lilting.

    “Folks back in ye olden times never got to ride on a ship like this – just ignore those deck chairs and passengers sliding towards the rails and over the side and praise it’s mightiness”.

    Better save the women and children first.

  37. Apneaman on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 2:20 pm 

    Reason (magazine)
    “Reason” redirects here. For the concept of reason generally see rationality — which Reason mostly strays away from.

    Reason, calling Dubya a socialist.
    You gotta spin it to win it

    Reason is a libertarian magazine published by the Reason Foundation and formerly edited by Nick “The Jacket” Gillespie, who stepped down and let Matt Welch take over in 2008. Gillespie is now the Editor in Chief of and Reason TV. Readers of Reason refer to themselves as “Reasonoids,” which is reminiscent enough of Randroid to be unintentionally funny.
    Reason tends to do pretty good work on civil liberties, pariticularly in its coverage of drug raids. However, they’re bankrolled by the usual suspects, including the Kochtopus and Scaife Foundations, who appreciate the fact that Reason’s answers to most problems are “deregulate it” or “privatize it.” Reason has a long history, starting in 1968 as a mimeographed newsletter, predating the Kochtopus by several years and was not part of the stable of groups set up by Koch in the late 1970s (though it has received Koch funding since). Regardless, the signal-to-corporate astroturf ratio is much stronger than even libertarian think tanks.


  38. penury on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 2:20 pm 

    There never was a better time to be alive. “Addenum” If you are a resident of the U.S. and some of the Euro countries. if you are of a species other than human or a human living in countries being destroyed by the exceptional representatives of their sky god,you may not swallow that tripe. Even for most of the pampered and useless U.S. residents it really is as sorry time to be alive, so very few of them actually try it.

  39. Apneaman on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 2:24 pm 

    Ronald Bailey


    Competitive Enterprise Institute, adjunct analyst, Warren T. Brookes Fellow in Environmental Journalism, 1993
    CATO Institute, Media Fellow, adjunct scholar
    Reason Magazine, science correspondent
    Forbes, Science and Technology staff writer
    Society of Environmental Journalists
    American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

  40. Apneaman on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 2:26 pm 

    Never a better time……….to be a doomer/realist.

    A collapse in Arctic sea ice volume spells disaster for the rest of the planet
    Global warming drives a stunning collapse in sea ice volume.

  41. peakyeast on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 2:40 pm 

    From a Danish viewpoint things has gotten worse continuously since about 1980.

    Today it seems like it is accelerating its descent into chaos. The politicians are lying like never before. They cut down on the poorest every single year since about 1980.

    All the “efficiency” gains has been used to implement more bureaucracy and less freedom.

    In 1980-1990 when I had to pass the “parliament” there were NO security. Actually there were barely even security at the US embassy. Today there is barriers and guards and no-stop zones everywhere.

    The government is isolating itself from the people and the police are helping

  42. peakyeast on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 2:51 pm 

    Funny combination btw.:
    Norberg presented a graph that showed the global progress made on hunger, poverty, illiteracy, child mortality, and U.S. pollution since 1990:

    World number, World number, World number, World number, US number…

    But why?

  43. Davy on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 3:13 pm 

    Ape man, I thought rationalwiki was a compromised site per some of your earlier comments?

  44. onlooker on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 3:35 pm 

    Really never been a better time to be alive? I may add never been a better time for dying as lots will be going on. I suppose someone will interpret that a good thing too. Oh wait some have already, namely our rulers as in NWO and Georgia Guide stones

  45. Apneaman on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 5:33 pm 

    Davy, I never said it was compromised. What I said was it’s was started by one or two dudes. Attaching wiki to your blog does not grant it instant authority and legitimacy. Usually that takes priests/economists. The blog is part of the american “skeptic community” many of whom are blinded by their liberal ideology IMO. Much of the information on there is a matter of public record and some is purely opinion and humor. I don’t know if that qualifies as compromised. Unlike the group Ration Wiki is 100% user-supported. According to their about page “…since 2013, RW has had 700-1,000 monthly editors and 15,000-30,000 monthly edits.[4]” I find them useful for one stop shopping for funding sources and political support so we can find out who really is compromised, although I can pretty much read an article and guess with a 95% degree of accuracy.

  46. Apneaman on Sat, 15th Oct 2016 9:13 pm 

    The governor of Oklahoma created ‘Oilfield Prayer Day’ in hopes of saving the state’s oil and gas industry

    pray the earthquake happens to the other guy

    It’s Official: Injection of Fracking Wastewater Caused Kansas’ Biggest Earthquake

    All praise Gee-Bus

  47. DerHundistlos on Sun, 16th Oct 2016 1:42 am 

    St. Louis is a shadow of what it once was. At one time, St. Louis had a larger population and GDP than Chicago, but beginning in the 1950s there was a massive exodus away from the city. Case in point: Davy. Born in St. Louis now resides many miles outside the St. Louis metro. area. At one time, St. Louis was home to an amazing variety of Fortune 500 companies such as Anheuser Busch, Ralston Purina, International Shoe Company, Missouri Pacific Railroad,Southwestern Bell, General Dynamics, TWA, May Dept. Stores, Pulitzer, A.G. Edwards etc. Now the largest employer in STL is BJC Hospital. This excerpt from St. Louis’ paper of record, Post-Dispatch:

    “Relative to big metro areas on the coasts, St. Louis has lost ground in recent years. Job growth since the recession has slowed. The city’s population growth has stagnated. Downtown St. Louis sits eerily quiet on most days, despite millions of taxpayer dollars spent on upgrades. The per capita income of the St. Louis metro area today has fallen to 77 percent that of metro New York, down from 89 percent in 1979. And while St. Louis’ nine Fortune 500 corporate headquarters are a lot for a metro area of 2.8 million people, that’s down from 12 in 2000 and (correcting for the way Fortune changed its methodology in 1994) 23 in 1980.”

  48. joe on Sun, 16th Oct 2016 8:58 am

    Just sayin.

    Vodka for russians, pills for Americans, and these two stoned populations powerless to stop their governments doing anything.

  49. fred johnston on Sun, 16th Oct 2016 12:23 pm 

    If you are an animal, it is the worse time to be alive. We are in a mass destruction of every other life form on earth.

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