Thursday, 1 March 2012

The Improving State of the World

This is the headline of a piece in Liberal Vision. It points to new data showing a decline in the number of people world-wide below the poverty line. True to that blog's economic liberalism, the author puts the improvement down to globalisation alone, but United Nations agencies and the general realisation by the First World of its responsibilities towards the rest must surely have been major factors.

This follows population data published earlier, which to me show positive trends. The author of this report draws a more pessimistic conclusion, that there should be more centrally-directed family planning, but it seems to me that where people are able to make a choice unconstrained by economic circumstances, the gap between fertility and replacement level is narrowed or even crossed.

Both cited postings contain graphic illustration.

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