Yep, Max Roser is doing incredible work in this area — effectively, providing air tight, gold standard research and data to back up the argument that the world is getting better. I’m a huge fan, and this article probably wouldn’t exist without people like him, Steven Pinker and Hans Rosling.
Couldn’t agree with you more. Some really terrible things happened this year, and there weren’t many stories in politics, especially in places like the US, the UK or Australia, that gave anyone much reason for optimism. That’s particularly true for the most vulnerable people in those societies.