I'm often wondering what to make of the claim that global poverty has dramatically reduced and the reason is capitalism. It's a heated area and I thought this article did a good job of exploring some of the viewpoints https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/2/12/18215534/bill-gates-global-poverty-chart
I bought Hickel's book as I appreciate his perspective to widen the discussion into colonialism. I am a little wary of him being one sided though.
Still though, this is all a very narrow view. Would also like to factor in the environmental impact too (China is the country that had biggest poverty change, but probably also biggest environmental change too?).
Also, getting out of poverty isn't the end of the story - plenty of empty despairing lives await. Has that gone up or down?
What about freedom from coercion? When I see "normal" society it seems highly coercive to me. Has that gone up or down?
I doubt much of this data is available.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoIcsj9ysvs addresses some of those points, showing an increase in "deaths of despair" and the details hidden inside national averages.
...also makes the point of ideologically motivated selective fact sharing... a few facts are rarely the whole story.
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