It’s Official! 2016 Was The Greatest Year Ever!

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Liberals, Trump-haters, and the rest of the SJW class are not happy with how this year went. The victim mentality continues with the latest social media trend that has taken twitter by storm. The year 2016 has been so painstakingly cruel to these SJWs, that many are calling it the worst year ever.

Even VICE put out an article titled “Why 2016 Seemed Like the Worst Year Ever”. RawStory had their own liberal pity-party  with “Not just Trump: Here are 5 more reasons 2016 totally sucked”

While liberals collectively lose their minds over 2016, I’m busy celebrating the New Year. Not everyone had a terrible year:

If you didn’t know already, CNN has even come out saying 2016 has been not only golf’s greatest year yet, but even called 2016 the best year ever for sports. Cubs fans know what I’m talking about. Cleveland knows what I’m talking about. Lebron James even thinks 2016 was awesome:

But on a real note, let’s look at how 2016 has actually been the greatest year ever.

Consider rising inequality, one of the year’s most frequently addressed topics. To be sure, over the last two centuries or so, the gap between the highest and lowest incomes has grown. But that is because pretty much everyone was equally dirt poor in 1820. More than 90% of humanity lived in absolute poverty.

Then the Industrial Revolution arrived, bringing rapid income growth wherever it spread, with China since 1978 and India since 1990 recording particularly high rates. As a result, last year, less than 10% of the world’s population was living in absolute poverty.

An Assembly Line of the Ford Motor Company. The assembly line is always a point of interest to visitors of the Rouge Plant. Here, on a moving conveyor, Ford cars are completely assembled, from the chassis to finished car, and driven off the line under their own power. In addition to the Rouge plant, there are 31 assembly lines in company branches throughout the United States. --- Image by © Rykoff Collection/CORBIS

Furthermore, developing economies are now contributing to a burgeoning global middle class, whose numbers have more than doubled, from around one billion people in 1985 to 2.3 billion in 2015. This tremendous reduction in poverty has sustained a decline in global income inequality over the last three decades.

Inequality has fallen by other measures as well. Since 1992, the number of hungry people worldwide has plummeted by more than 200 million, even as the human population grew by nearly two billion. The percentage of people starving has been nearly halved, from 19% to 11%.

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In 1870, more than three-quarters of the world was illiterate, and access to education was even more unequal than income. Today, more than four out of five people can read, and young people have unprecedented access to schooling. The illiterate come mostly from older generations.

The story is similar in health. In 1990, almost 13 million children died before the age of five each year. Thanks to vaccines, better nutrition, and health care, that number has fallen below six million. More broadly, lifespan inequality is lower today, because medical breakthroughs that were available only to the elite a century or so ago are now more broadly accessible.

In short, the world is not going to hell in a hand-basket. Most of the important indicators show that life is better today than it was in the past. We should celebrate the progress we have made against disease, famine, and poverty. And while plenty of problems still need to be addressed, they are often not the ones that occupy our thoughts and public debates.

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