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Sunday, October 28, 2007

It's Gettin Better All the Time

Stephen Moore, writing in the WSJ summarizes the recent UN report on the "State of the Future". You probably haven't hear of it -- the WSJ is the only MSM organ to feature the report. Why? Because it says that things are good and getting better.

People around the world are becoming healthier, wealthier, better educated, more peaceful, more connected, and they are living longer.

More? How about this?

World-wide illiteracy rates have fallen by half since 1970 and now stand at an all-time low of 18%. More people live in free countries than ever before. The average human being today will live 50% longer in 2025 than one born in 1955.

And here's why most of the MSM has ignored this hugely important study.

To what do we owe this improvement? Capitalism, according to the U.N. Free trade is rightly recognized as the engine of global prosperity in recent years. In 1981, 40% of the world's population lived on less than $1 a day. Now that percentage is only 25%, adjusted for inflation. And at current rates of growth, "world poverty will be cut in half between 2000 and 2015"--which is arguably one of the greatest triumphs in human history. Trade and technology are closing the global "digital divide," and the report notes hopefully that soon laptop computers will cost $100 and almost every schoolchild will be a mouse click away from the Internet (and, regrettably, those interminable computer games).

That's right -- it's that ol' debbil, capitalism, that is making the world better. Can't let the public know that, can we? Of course not, especially in an election year in which liberals are busily demonizing corporations.

Read the whole thing here.