How could our politicians, Media, environmental “experts” etc. have gotten their predictions so terrtibly wrong? … again! That’s the beauty of mathematics, milllions of boring data points, exposed in all their glory, are hard to bend to emotion and ideology. Here come a few facts liberally plagiarised from Matt Ridley’s trail-blazing Rational Optimist blog:
– world economy grew by 5+% in 2010 (up from -0.5% in 2009)
– average GDP per person is $11 000 in 2010 (still increasing at 3% every year)
– lowest war deaths per decade (2000-2010) right back to 1945
The evidence indicates that Westerners should not change their lifestyles. The world should continue, as it already is, to use more energy, consume more resources, free up trade, downsize government and enforce property rights. These are the forces behind the graphs above, leading to the historical increases in human quality of life and betterment of the environment that surrounds us. If this be Green blasphemy then long live the rational heretics 🙂
Here are some books for 2011 that set the cat in among the stuck-in-a-dark-mineshaft doom-laden canarys 😉
Of course, as usual, we may hit a few natural and political speed bumps along the way, but it still looks like 2011 is going to be another world wide winner. Though I must give an “A for Effort” to some in our fun-filled Ruling Classes who never seem to tire of trying (by the historically popular: sheer status seeking ambition) to derail the global prosperity train. Good luck boys! 😉
Happy New Year!