Doubting the Doomsayers
Granted, most people would say I lean toward the optimistic end of the spectrum, so this article resonates with my natural leanings, but the truth is things really aren't as bad as they say (whoever "they" are). For example, according to best estimates, 25 percent�not 80�of the world's population live in substandard housing. Thirty years ago the global literacy rate was 53 percent; now only 20 percent of adults cannot read. The percentage of people suffering from malnutrition has dropped by more than half, to 20 percent. Three of four people used to have no access to clean water; now three of four people have it. And in the last decade, abortions declined by almost half.
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