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|| Life is getting better-and at an accelerating rate. Food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down-all across the globe. Though the world is far from perfect, necessities and luxuries alike are getting cheaper; population growth is slowing; Africa is following Asia out of poverty; the Internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people's lives as never before. The pessimists who dominate public discourse insist that we will soon reach a turning point and things will start to get worse. But they have been saying this for two hundred years.Yet Matt Ridley does more than describe how things are getting better. He explains why. Prosperity comes from everybody working for everybody else. The habit of exchange and specialization-which started more than 100,000 years ago-has created a collective brain that sets human living standards on a rising trend. The mutual dependence, trust, and...
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