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Your nostalgia might say otherwise, but we’re living in the best time imaginable

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27.12.2019

The best of times, the worst of times. Your basic temperament affects your instinct on which one we’re living through. But it also depends on how well you’re observing, and quantifying, the world around you.

Temperamentally, in the United States — or at least, in that loud, if not large, part of it dominated by political tweets — the overwhelming weight of bipartisan opinion is that we live in the worst of times.

President Trump, enjoying all-but-unanimous support from Republicans in polls, tells us that we are living on the brink of disaster, at risk of being sucked under the sludge by vicious creatures of the swamp.

Trump opponents, including almost the whole of the Democratic Party and a tattered but still loudly chirping fragment of the Republican Party, ­assure us that we are entering the dark night of Nazism, racism and violent suppression of all dissent.

To which I say: Nonsense.

As does, in more elegant terms, science writer and British House of Lords peer Matt Ridley in The Spectator. “We are living through the greatest improvement in ­human living standards in history,” Ridley........

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