Friday, October 05, 2007

Sunny Optimism for a Friday, But Will Anyone Listen?

We thank the good folks at WSJ, lately the primary content provider for this blog, for today's summary by Stephen Moore of statistical data suggesting that humans are making things better for other humans.

Like reducing the global rate of poverty by 50% between 2000 and 2015. How nice is that?

Moore attributes the improvement in human health, prosperity and freedom to the spread of capitalism. We agree.

As a Christian, we don't think that being materially prosperous is the most important thing. But we also don't think there's any reason to make people suffer, either. So we think this is a good thing.

Meanwhile, it seems that a majority of the party of Reagan doesn't share our sunny view of these pleasant developments. Fifty-nine percent of Republicans recently polled said that they think that free trade pacts are a bad thing for the United States. We guess that a decade of free trade agreements with historically minute rates of unemployment just aren't acceptable!


JB in CA said...

Alexander Campbell was also a postmillennialist, wasn't he?

Jon A. Alfred E. Michael J. Wile E. SWNID said...

We admit to the creepy feeling that we sound rather post-mil sometimes.