Despite prominent headlines to the contrary, the world is not actually falling apart. As our friends at places like Human Progress tirelessly work to remind us, global trends on everything from war and famine to longevity and literacy are looking good. In many cases, they’re looking not just good, but the best that we’ve ever measured. And yet many Americans seem to be convinced that everything under the sun is getting worse.
Recently John Stossel sat down with Reason magazine editor-in-chief Katherine Mangu-Ward to talk about the strange tendency of news organizations—and human beings in general—to make the world seem worse than it really is.