Is civilization teetering on the edge of a cliff? Or are we just climbing higher than ever?Most people who read the news would tell you that 2017 is one of the worst years in recent memory. We're facing a series of deeply troubling, even existential problems: fascism, terrorism, environmental collapse, racial and economic inequality, and more.Yet this narrative misses something important: by almost every meaningful measure, the modern world is better than it ever has been. In the United States, disease, crime, discrimination, and most forms of pollution are in long-term decline, while longevity and education keep rising and economic indicators are better than in any past generation. Worldwide, malnutrition and extreme poverty are at historic lows, and the risk of dying by war or violence is the lowest in human history.It's not a coincidence that we're confused--our perspectives on the world are blurred by the rise of social media, the machinations of politicians, and our own biases. Meanwhile, political reforms like the Clean Air Act and technological innovations like the hybridization of wheat have saved huge numbers of lives. In that optimistic spirit, Easterbrook offers specific policy reforms to address climate change, inequality, and other problems, and reminds us that there is real hope in conquering such challenges. In an age of discord and fear-mongering, It's Better Than It Looks will profoundly change your perspective on who we are, where we're headed, and what we're capable of....
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It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear Reviews
Optimism has always won!
Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this book.
This should be required reading for any loud mouth nay sayer. You know who I am talking about. Do them a favor and buy them this book which will serve a dual purpose of keeping them quiet until they finished it and give you some common ground from which you can have a reasonable conversation once they have finished. If they refuse to read it, hit them over the head with it.
I enjoyed this book very much as well as his book the Progress Paradox. There are plenty of common themes and a refreshing r ...more
This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe.
The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at heart should read or listen to this if only to have access to solid arguments for rebutting everybody who whines about how awful the world is. Easterbrook presents oodles of evidence that we, as a collective species, a ...more
I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember kiddies right-wing authoritarian ideologies thrive on fear. Things are not as bad as they seem and will get better more from an outlook that looks more for the positive than dwell on the negative.
Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every new change will end the world.