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The world is getting better.

I am a hardcore futurist.

You may hear me complain about Islam from time to time.  This is because I know history.

But, I am not a pessimist about the future.  I am optimistic about the future.

Here is part of the reason why:

I agree with Dr. Gary North.  Here are more reasons the future looks good.
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1. The Pareto curve is not going away.
2. The federal government will go bankrupt.
3. The federal government will lose respect.
4. Power will decentralize.
5. Taxes will decline because voters will demand it.
6. Liberty will increase.
7. Liberals will scream bloody murder.
8. They will not have enough votes to get their agenda legislated.
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And here is the main reason I am optimistic about the future:

Christianity wins.  Get used to it.

 

Back to the Future.

I keep coming back to a common theme.

I grew up with a very negative worldview.  The world was getting worse.  Crime was on the rise.  Wars were on the rise.  Poverty, famine, communism, socialism and even totalitarianism was on the rise.

George Orwell’s vision of the future, 1984 was within reach.  It was going to happen in my lifetime.

Then the Berlin wall came down.  No one saw this coming.  I was in Berlin the week before the wall came down.  We crossed into East Berlin through Checkpoint Charlie.  The East German soldiers, wearing red stars on their hats, checked our papers.  No one seemed to have any inclination that the world was about to change in the blink of an eye.

Two weeks later, I was in Berlin again.  There were massive holes in the Wall.  The city was jubilant.  There was a festive optimism in the air.  I climbed on the wall with the Germans, slammed pieces of the Wall down with a sledgehammer, and generally shared in the common good cheer.  Bewildered East German soldiers stood around.  They looked confused.

The next year, in 1990, Germany united.  In 1991, the Soviet Union went out of business.  Communism quit.

No one but college English professors believe in communism any longer.

Meanwhile, AOL started in 1991.  The internet age had gone public. The internet has done more to spread freedom since Gutenburg launched the printing press 500 or so years ago.

The world is getting better.  Infant mortality is down.  Poverty is down.   Freedom is spreading.  The old socialist pushing newspapers are collapsing.  Not long ago, Newsweek sold for $1.

Meanwhile, crime is dropping.  Check this out:

http://www.freerangekids.com/crime-statistics/

Cheer up.  We live in a better world.

Now get busy and do something good for the planet.

The future’s so bright, I’ve gotta wear shades…

I grew up with a very negative worldview.  The world is getting increasingly worse, crime is on the rise, totalitarianism is around the corner, et cetera and et cetera.

I am not angry with my parents.  They did the best they could.  I do get annoyed at the doomsayers who make a lot of money saying doomy things.

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