Reasons for optimism in today's world

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  1. Chris
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    The world we live in is, first of all, at peace — profoundly at peace. The richest countries of the world are not in geopolitical competition with one another, fighting wars, proxy wars, or even engaging in arms races or “cold wars.”

    This is a historical rarity. You would have to go back hundreds of years to find a similar period of great power peace. I know that you watch a bomb going off in Afghanistan or hear of a terror plot in this country and think we live in dangerous times. But here is the data. The number of people who have died as a result of war, civil war, and, yes, terrorism, is down 50 percent this decade from the 1990s. It is down 75 percent from the preceding five decades, the decades of the Cold War, and it is, of course, down 99 percent from the decade before that, which is World War II. Harvard professor Steven Pinker says that we are living in the most peaceful times in human history.

    The political stability we have experienced has allowed the creation of a single global economic system, in which countries around the world are participating and flourishing. In 1980, the number of countries that were growing at 4 percent a year — robust growth — was around 60. By 2007, it had doubled. Even now, after the financial crisis, that number is more than 80. Even in the current period of slow growth, keep in mind that the global economy as a whole will grow 10 to 20 percent faster this decade than it did a decade ago, 60 percent faster than it did two decades ago, and five times as fast as it did three decades ago.

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    No, here are the reasons for optimism:
    -Walker will win his recall election
    -Elizabeth Warren will lose her election
    -The Supreme Court will strike down Obamacare. All of it.
    -Obama will lose to Romney
    -The GOP will take the House and Senate.
     
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    The 800 lb. gorilla that is the USA keeps the Pax Americana.

    Lefty, of course, would like to end that and let the little upstart gorillas duke it out again.
     
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    I'm very optimistic that fools like you will be outnumbered this November. :)
     
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    hopey. changey.


    Consumer confidence plunges in May - Yahoo! News

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans' confidence in the economy in May had its biggest drop in eight months as consumers fretted about slow hiring, a big stock market drop and the global economy, says a private research group.
    The Conference Board says its Consumer Confidence Index now stands at 64.9, down from a revised 68.7 in April. It was the biggest drop since October 2011.
     
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    Roughly 161 reasons to be optimistic, and each one takes us a day closer to November 6th.
     
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    The world is at peace the same way it was at peace in 1937. It is at peace if you ignore the rise of violent islamic fundamentalism in the middle east and the slow collapse of Europe.
     
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    wth? we are "profoundly at peace"?

    what damn world is CNN residing in?

    good grief
     
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    The middle east doesn't exist in the liberals mind.
     
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    Time is ticking chrissy

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