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Tuesday, January 28, 2003

The World, 20 Years On

Brad DeLong posts a generally optimistic outlook for the world, after having reviewed the world's spectacular progress during the 20th century. The world has come far in the past 100 years, I think--subjects like Third World development were not considered problems before the Second World War; environmentalism was not a movement prior to the 1960s. This does not mean, to use Bjorn Lomborg's phrase, that things are good enough; but the world has come far, and that needs to be acknowledged.

I've disagreed some with DeLong recently, but this article is right on the money.