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Is the world really better than ever?
Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian

The headlines have never been worse. But an increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never had it so good – and only our pessimism is holding us back.

Spending a Lot on Health Care Is the American Way
Tyler Cowen, BloombergView

It’s a nation of consumers: Big houses, the latest gadgets, huge hospital bills.

What Does ‘Late Capitalism’ Really Mean?
Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic

The cynical #latecapitalism meme going around social media calls out the inequities and absurdities of the modern economy. Google search interest in the phrase has more than doubled in the past year.

The amount of work that once bought an hour of light now buys 51 years of it
Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post

Back in the prehistoric era a person would have to gather, chop and burn wood for roughly 10 hours a day for six days straight in order to produce the equivalent light of a modern lightbulb shining for about an hour.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).