Matt Ridley: Optimism In The Face Of “The Bad News Industry”

Steve Forbes: What’s Ahead | 11 August 2019 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley, summarising key ideas from The Rational Optimist. Argues that despite today’s constant influx of negative news, life is getting better at an accelerating rate. Ridley challenges popularly held beliefs about the current state of the world, citing that extreme poverty has been defeated, food production is more efficient than ever, humans are living longer, and warfare is actually on the decline. If there’s one thing the defiantly optimistic Ridley worries about, it’s too much bureaucracy which he sees as an attempt to curb trade and stifle innovation.

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