30th December 2016
Almost everyone I know has their knuckles dragging at the end of this notable year, notable for the rise of corrupt populist leaders and armies of self-appointed guardians of the white race. Never has the corporate takeover of western democracies been clearer. I feel as though the stuffing has been knocked out of me; all the hope I have entertained about the progress of humankind has gone muffled into my chest. Democracy - ha! Tell me another one!
But Iain MacWhirter, a Scottish journalist I admire "bigly" gives us a reminder, at this turning of the year, that things aren't as bad as they seem, and so I am going to pass him on to you, because I have scoured the cup of my own optimism and come up with mere dregs.
So, here are the reasons MacWhirter gives for good cheer at the onset of the year 2017:
The number of deaths from war is down three quarters on the mid 1970s. Terrorist deaths have fallen by a similar amount. The number of dictatorships has reduced from 90 to 20 in the last 30 years and democracies are up from 40 to 100.