'Progress? Yes, really.' A personal blog post by Dan Smith

‘Humanity’s social progress is real. More people live longer, healthier lives than ever. Fewer live in extreme poverty than 30 years ago and a much smaller proportion of the total population than 100 or 200 years ago. The store of human knowledge continues to enlarge. Human rights are respected now in a way that was not dreamed of 200 years ago. More people live in democratic political systems today than ever. And in the first two decades of the 21st century, warfare has taken far fewer human lives than it did in the first two decades of the 20th.”

Read Dan Smith’s new blog post about the state of the world HERE.

Buy a copy of The State of the World Atlas  by Dan Smith. Now in it’s 10th edition, this is a groundbreaking atlas and milestone of graphic reporting. Dan Smith is the Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and is also author of The State of the Middle East Atlas.