This episode was recorded on 03/24/2021
For decades, we have been inundated with information purporting to demonstrate that the apocalypse is if not upon us then certainly threatening to appear in the next few decades. In the 1960s, dire predictions of overpopulation and certain mass starvation by the year 2000 were commonplace. In the 1970s, it was the oil shock and the energy crisis. In the 1980s it was acid rain -- and then came global warming, which morphed into climate change. This was all played out over a background of genuine thermonuclear threat. It's no wonder we believed that ultimate catastrophe was looming.
Surprising as it may seem, however, there is no shortage of reasons for holding the opposite viewpoint. The lives of most people, planet-wide, have dramatically improved in recent decades, extending a trend that began with the industrial revolution. In many important ways, things are looking better than they every have before.
Dr. Marian Tupy and I discuss the macro-state of the world as outlined in his book Ten Global Trends. The ten trends identified and highlighted by Dr. Tupy are all associated with a large and important improvement in living standards for most of humanity, in rich and poor nations alike.
Could we dare to be cautiously and attentively optimistic about the future?
Dr. Marian Tupy is senior policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity and co-author of Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: and Many Others You Will Find Interesting. Find out more about Dr. Tupy at his website - https://www.HumanProgress.org. His book is available at https://www.amazon.com/Global-Trends-...
If you found this video useful and informative, you might consider watching or listening to Is Everything Better than we Think? -- my April 26 2021 discussion with environmentalist and economist Bjorn Lomborg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDNSn...
and Rational Optimism, my February 08 2021 discussion with British journalist and businessman Matt Ridley:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjqEM...
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