Yes, The World Is Improving–But That Doesn’t Mean The Work Is Done

Steven Pinker, author of the new book Enlightenment Now, wants us to look past the headlines and acknowledges the global progress over the last few decades. Here’s why that’s not as simple as he wants it to be.

Author and academic Steven Pinker is a big believer in global progress, and he has the data to back it up. A graph of literacy rates around the world steadily climbing, and another of deaths by famine nose-diving. In 2017, Americans killed each other at a rate of 5.3 homicides per...

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