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It's Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends of the Last 100 years

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There has been more material progress in the United States in the 20th Century than in the entire world in all previous centuries combined.
Paperback, 294 pages
Published October 2nd 2000 by Cato Institute (first published 2000)
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Jim Janknegt
I admit, I fell prey to the population scare of the 60's, Paul Ehrlich's Population Bomb etc. I assumed that all the scare tactics were based on facts. Actually, the population scare and just about every other thing we stayed up nights worrying about (deforestation, destroying the environment, lose of species, etc.)were all based on theories and conjecture, not looking at the actual facts. Stephen Moore has summed up the life work of Julian Simon in this wonderfully hopeful book. He concludes th ...more
Bernie Gourley
The title says it all. The authors, Stephen Moore and Julian Simon, discuss 100 trends in 20th century America that give one reason to be optimistic. These trends are grouped into the following areas: health, nutrition, wealth, poverty, children's issues, labor, leisure, housing, transportation & communications, innovation, information technology, education, safety, environmental protection, natural resources, socio-cultural indicators, sports, women's issues, racial issues, and freedom & ...more
A great message about how life is improving compared to 50 or 100 years ago.
Better health. Better nutrition. Better transportation. Better education. Better environmental protection.
The 21st century poor are wealthier and lead better lives than the 20th century poor.
Less racism. Less sexism. Less wars. Less crime.
Life is better for all Americans today than it was a century ago. It's getting better all the time.
This is interesting read some thirteen years after it was published. It covers a range of subjects, from racism to gender rights to global warming and terrorism and education, and other things that the authors deemed were getting 'better'. Now, I agree that issues like racism, women's rights and equal rights are definitely better than they were some hundred, hundred and fifty years ago. People still discriminate, sure, but it's certainly frowned upon. But I can't help but feel that in terms of w ...more
One hundred pages of charts should be boring, but this thorough survey of modern trends is absolutely inspiring. The analysis frequently shows that the doom-and-gloom we hear in the news is based on a relatively short time horizon. For example, the U.S. has not been losing forest acreage. To the contrary, forested land has been growing throughout the last century and the growth has been steadily accelerating. They show similar improvements in range of economic and cultural indicators that demons ...more
Bill Peacock
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Even though it is strictly a secular book, it takes a very post-millennial tone. It really is getting better all the time, and this book helps us see why. No, it isn't a linear progression, but you have to admit we are all better off today than folks were when they were fighting the plague, living under feudalism, walking through horse dung, and breathing coal soot 24/7. This is a good book that shows us the progress of humans through the last 100 years.
This is a classical liberal's view of progress. If you are an optimist about progress there won't be a lot of new information here. If you are a pessimist, you probably need to read this. It is a fast and easy read.
If The First Measured Century is optimistic, this book is practically wearing rose-colored glasses. Only to be expected given the title, I guess. I didn't finish it; very similar to ...Century.
This book helped me understand why libertarian economists tend to be so optimistic. Data set after data set made me pause in thankful wonder at the age in which we live.
Wes Cobb
A good and constant reminder that we should stop idealizing the past.
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Stephen Moore is an American economist who advocates free-market policies and limited government. He has a B.A. from the University of Illinois and an M.A. from George Mason University. Moore is the founder of two political advocacy groups: the Club for Growth and the Free E
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