Big Left seems to thrive on misery. They seem to love to cling to the notion that things have never been worse, in the nation or the world (or at least they do when there’s no Democrat in the White House).
For example – ask a typical liberal, and they’ll say that “gun violence” is at an all time high. It’s not – nationwide, it’s at sixty-year lows, and even in Democrat-controlled major cities it’s lower than it was 25 years ago. And yet if you ask a “progressive” what’s going on in the world, they’ll to a person insist “violent crime is out of control”.
And that’s not the only area.
I mentioned the other day the church service I went to on Christmas Eve, featuring a homily that made it sound like the world was teetering on the the brink of collapse – notwithstanding the fact that, for most of the world, things have never been better.
Don’t get me wrong – the human condition is an ugly thing. I’m of Scandinavian descent, so optimism and pollyannaism don’t come naturally. And the arc of the universe, while long, curves inexorably toward tyranny and barbarism. It could all go south someday. And there certainly are wars going on, refugees in camps, pockets of malnutrition.
But for now, for most of the world’s people, things have never been better. As evidence, I submit this: for the first time in the history of humanity, obesity is a bigger problem than malnutrition, as reported by those noted conservative crazies in The Lancet, in this case via both CNN and an actual news organization (which notes that obesity kills three times as many people worldwide as malnutrition).
This, not fifty years after “experts” like Paul Ehrlich “proved” that mankind was headed for an unavoidable date with Malthusianism ; that poor countries in South Asian and Africa were beyond hope and would need to be “triaged”; that India was, inevitably, going to plunge to a stable population of 100 million, and Subsaharan Africa was going to mostly die off as well.
Bear in mind that throughout all of human history, mankind has always been one bad crop away from mass starvation. This is the first time in history most people on this planet can take a deep breath and think about a future that goes past the net harvest.
And this is almost entirely due to the success of the free market – even in places that have repudiated free markets!
Again – not that life is a picnic everywhere on earth. It’s not. But it’s also never been less dire and threatened.
There’s just no telling that to Big Left.