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It's better than it looks : reasons for optimism in an age of fear, Gregg Easterbrook

Label
It's better than it looks : reasons for optimism in an age of fear
Title
It's better than it looks
Title remainder
reasons for optimism in an age of fear
Statement of responsibility
Gregg Easterbrook
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Easterbrook, Gregg
Dewey number
306.09
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HM891
LC item number
.E268 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Progress
  • Quality of life
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Economic history
  • Social history
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Economic history
  • Progress
  • Quality of life
  • Social history
Label
It's better than it looks : reasons for optimism in an age of fear, Gregg Easterbrook
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-317) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Why don't we starve? -- Why, despite all our bad habits, do we keep living longer? -- Will nature collapse? -- Will the economy collapse? -- Why is violence in decline? -- Why does technology become safer instead of more dangerous? -- Why don't the dictators win? -- How declinism became chic -- The "impossible" challenge of climate change -- The "impossible" challenge of inequality -- We'll never run out of challenges -- And it will never be too late
Control code
on1000584369
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xx, 330 pages
Isbn
9781610397414
Lccn
2017048518
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustration
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1000584369
  • (Sirsi) a2051688
Label
It's better than it looks : reasons for optimism in an age of fear, Gregg Easterbrook
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-317) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Why don't we starve? -- Why, despite all our bad habits, do we keep living longer? -- Will nature collapse? -- Will the economy collapse? -- Why is violence in decline? -- Why does technology become safer instead of more dangerous? -- Why don't the dictators win? -- How declinism became chic -- The "impossible" challenge of climate change -- The "impossible" challenge of inequality -- We'll never run out of challenges -- And it will never be too late
Control code
on1000584369
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xx, 330 pages
Isbn
9781610397414
Lccn
2017048518
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustration
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1000584369
  • (Sirsi) a2051688

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