These are troubled times. The war in Ukraine, soaring inflation, the squeeze on living standards, the legacy of the pandemic and growing concern about the environment combine to cast a shadow over the world. More than that, they make us worry about the future. Will the coming years see a more general retreat, not just in living standards but also in the quality of life and the opportunities for young people?
Anyone who argues against this sense of general decline is liable to get dismissed as unrealistic, unfeeling – or just plain wrong. But actually there is a powerful case to be made that despite those deeply disturbing current themes, the world is likely to become a more peaceful and prosperous place over the next generation.
A few brave intellects have risked ridicule to make this…
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