It's Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear

It's Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear ⛅ New It's Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear ⛎ Kindle Ebook By Gregg Easterbrook ⛳ An argument worth considering Kirkus ReviewsAmerica, like most of the world, has fallen prey to a false and destructive narrative the belief that everything is getting worse In this important and compelling book, Gregg Easterbrook sets the record straight His refreshing analysis can restore our optimism and help heal our poisoned politics Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci It s Better Than It Looks is a welcome corrective to our fashionable pessimism that things are bad and getting worse, by providing a wealth of evidence that the reverse is true Gregg Easterbrook is clear eyed nonetheless in facing up to present challenges, and reminds us that there is always a way forward out of seemingly unsolvable problems Francis Fukuyama, Stanford UniversityGregg Easterbrook regrets to inform you that the future is a lot rosier than you ve heard Not only are things Not So Terrible, they are actually Quite Good and Getting Better The world s citizens are living longer, economies are expanding, and we produce food than we can eat He even suggests that our most intractable problems, like economic equality and climate change, can be ameliorated in our lifetimes It s Better Than It Looks is anything but Panglossian It serves up persuasive arguments mustered by a trenchant, erudite and consummately un boring writer Start reading you ll become a believer, too Alex Beam, Boston Globe columnistEasterbrook sets out to disabuse readers of any casual pessimism and equip them with enough facts and arguments to silence dinner parties from now till kingdom come rich in detail and observation.Philip Delves Broughton, Weekly StandardCountering the usual pessimism disseminated by the experts and rebroadcast by the if it bleeds, it leads media, It s Better Than It Looks ably defends the view that the grand sweep of history has gone from generally bad to generally good for the vast majority of the world s populace Whether the book surveys global food supply, infectious diseases, the natural system, the economy, violence, technology or governance, the overall outlook consistently comes up positive, according to Mr Easterbrook His impressive, rather objective, amply referenced, perspicacious analysis supports his optimism.Anthony Sadar, Washington TimesI highly recommend that every college and university president purchase enough copies of It s Better Than It Looks to give to every one of their studentsUnderstanding how the world has improved, and will improve in their lifetimes, may be amongst the most important things that we can teach them It s Better Than It Looks is a good place to start.Joshua Kim, Inside Higher EdBesides providing new ammunition for optimists, Mr Easterbrook s aim in this important book is to identify what we ve been doing right and to consider what we can do about the still pressing problems we face Mr Easterbrook wants to make optimism intellectually respectable again, and he has done so with cogent arguments and bountiful evidence.Michael Shermer, Wall Street Journal It s Better Than It Looks makes many good arguments about inequalityEasterbrook is good on democracy and dictatorship democracy is better at money and better at war He is also good on climate change the technical solutions are there, and all will be fine if society chooses reform, though that choice is surely the crux of the problem.Angus Deaton, New York Times Book ReviewEasterbrook marshals the extensive evidence that things are getting better for most people in most areas of life even as politicians of the left and especially the right push a false narrative of decline and carnage Chapters on how the world is meeting the challenge of climate change and why nature can never collapse are particularly strong a strong, teachable, empirical case for optimism about why, to use the title of the concluding chapter, it will never be too late CHOICEIs 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 .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. 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    • 1.1
    • 10
    • Hardcover
    • Gregg Easterbrook
    • English
    • 18 October 2016
    • 343 pages