Five ways in which the World is improving

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It seems to be an assumption that everything is going wrong with the World, and it is all the fault of the West, but what does the evidence say?

5 Ways in Which the World Has Been Dramatically Improving

1. EXTREME POVERTY

Extreme poverty has dramatically diminished through the years, both in percentage and in absolute numbers. According to The World Bank, the proportion of the world's population that lives in extreme poverty has gone down from around 36 percent in 1990 to 10 percent in 2015. In absolute numbers, since 1990 almost 1.1 billion people escaped extreme poverty.

2. GENDER INEQUALITY

In most countries in the world, and certainly in the world overall, the gender pay gap has been decreasing, gender-equal norms have become much more common, egalitarian inheritance laws have become more widespread, and, in general, gender inequality has been steadily and significantly shrinking. This is true not only of industrialized countries.

3. LITERACY

The change is dramatic and important here too. According to Max Roser's web publication Our World in Data, in 1820 only about 12 percent of the world's population could read and write. Today the proportion is almost reversed: only about 17 percent of the world's population do not know how to read and write. In 1960 only 42 percent of the people in the world could read and write. In this important sphere, too, the progress has been no less than amazing.

4. VIOLENCE

According to Steven Pinker's well-documented book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, violence in the world has been decreasing for some time now; we are now in the most peaceful era in the whole of human history. Pinker presents a wealth of statistical data to establish his findings. He shows that violence has radically declined across many spheres, including military conflict, genocide, governments' oppression of their own citizens, and the treatment of ethnic minorities. We sometimes do not notice this change since our sensitivity to violence has increased and because we are more exposed to reports on violence thanks to better technological communication.

5. LONGEVITY

According to the OCED, in 1820 the average life expectancy worldwide was around 30 years. Today, on average, is it is around 70 years. In this sphere, too, the change has been gradual but dramatic: in 1960 people lived on average to the age of 56, and in 1990 to the age of 66.
 

W21A

War Hero
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#2
More people now die to accidents than warfare - I'll dig out the statistic when I'm sober and not playing Command and Conquer.
 

Goatman

ADC
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#3
Thanks Yokel

The next time one of our semi-resident Russians pops up with some nonsense it might be worth just rolling this link into the conversation:
List of countries by life expectancy - Wikipedia

You will note that life expectancy in Iran, Serbia and Bangladesh is considerably higher than in Mother Russia....wonder why....
 
#5
Thanks Yokel

The next time one of our semi-resident Russians pops up with some nonsense it might be worth just rolling this link into the conversation:
List of countries by life expectancy - Wikipedia

You will note that life expectancy in Iran, Serbia and Bangladesh is considerably higher than in Mother Russia....wonder why....

What about Russians living in Salisbury?
 

Goatman

ADC
Book Reviewer
#6
Probably better than the ones living in Prolietarsky, ( go to Google Earth, centre it on Salisbury, roll the cursor due East for 1900 versts)
 

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