Curious about why 2014 was one of the best years in history?
International CES speaker Adam Thierer (@AdamThierer) of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University joined Steve Case, Alec Ross, Marc Andreessen, Steven Pinker, Kelly Evans and hundreds of others in tweeting about a recent post by Fraser Nelson on The Telegraph site titled "Goodbye to one of the best years in history":
Nelson argues that because bad news always grabs the headlines, it can be difficult to appreciate that by historical standards the world experienced unprecedented peace and prosperity in 2014. Some of Nelson's supporting datapoints include:
- "Global life expectancy now stands at a new high of 71.5 years, up six years since 1990"
- "The World Bank’s rate of extreme poverty (those living on less than $1.25 a day) has more than halved since 1990"
- "Since 1990, the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions are down, in spite of our economy being about 60 per cent larger – thanks to more efficient technology"
Nelson notes that while current global challenges and crises shouldn't be minimized, "there has never been a better reason for people the world over to wish each other a happy and prosperous new year."
And while we're on the subject...
For more on the global challenges that emerged in 2014, watch the United Nations' "Year in Review 2014" for a recap of "the events which captured the international headlines and those in forgotten corners of the world."
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