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Never in the history of the world has there been less hunger, less disease and more prosperity

15 December 2012

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To listen to politicians is to be given the  impression of a dangerous, cruel world where things are bad and getting worse. This, in a way, is the politicians’ job: to highlight problems and to try their best to offer solutions. But the great advances of mankind come about not from statesmen, but from ordinary people. Governments across the world appear stuck in what Michael Lind, on page 30, describes as an era of ‘turboparalysis’ — all motion, no progress. But outside government, progress has been nothing short of spectacular.

Take global poverty. In 1990, the UN announced Millennium Development Goals, the first of which was to halve the number of people in extreme poverty by 2015. It emerged this year that the target was met in 2008. Yet the achievement did not merit an official announcement, presumably because it was not achieved by any government scheme but by the pace of global capitalism. Buying cheap plastic toys made in China really is helping to make poverty history. And global inequality? This, too, is lower now than any point in modern times. Globalisation means the world’s not just getting richer, but fairer too.

The doom-mongers will tell you that we cannot sustain worldwide economic growth without ruining our environment. But while the rich world’s economies grew by 6 per cent over the last seven years, fossil fuel consumption in those countries fell by 4 per cent. This remarkable (and, again, unreported) achievement has nothing to do with green taxes or wind farms. It is down to consumer demand for more efficient cars and factories.

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And what about the concerns that the oil would run out? Ministers have spent years thinking of improbable new power sources. As it turns out, engineers in America have found new ways of mining fossil fuel. The amazing breakthroughs in ‘fracking’ technology mean that, in spite of the world’s escalating population — from one billion to seven billion over the last two centuries — we live in an age of energy abundance.

Advances in medicine and technology mean that people across the world are living longer. The average life expectancy in Africa reached 55 this year. Ten years ago, it was 50. The number of people dying from Aids has been in decline for the last eight years. Deaths from malaria have fallen by a fifth in half a decade.

Nature can still wreak havoc. The storms which lashed America’s East Coast in October proved that. But the speed of New York City’s recovery shows a no-less-spectacular resilience. Man cannot control the weather, but as countries grow richer, they can better guard against devastation. The average windstorm kills about 2,000 in Bangladesh but fewer than 20 in America. It’s not that America’s storms are mild; but that it has the money to cope. As developing countries become richer, we can expect the death toll from natural disasters to diminish — and the same UN extrapolations that predict such threatening sea-level rises for Bangladesh also say that, in two or three generations’ time, it will be as rich as Britain.

War has historically been humanity’s biggest killer. But in most of the world today, a generation is growing up that knows little of it. The Peace Research Institute in Oslo says there have been fewer war deaths in the last decade than any time in the last century. Whether we are living through an anomalous period of peace, or whether the risk of nuclear apocalypse has proved an effective deterrent, mankind seems no longer to be its own worst enemy. We must bear in mind that things can fall apart, and quickly. Germany was perhaps the most civilised nation in the world in the 1920s. For now, though, it is worth remembering that, in relative terms, we have peace in our time.

Christmas in Britain will not be without its challenges: costs are rising (although many children will give quiet thanks for the 70 per cent increase in the price of Brussels sprouts). The country may be midway through a lost decade economically, but our cultural and social capital has seldom been higher — it is hard to think of a time when national morale was as strong as it was during the Jubilee and the Olympics. And even in recession, we too benefit from medical advances. Death rates for both lung and breast cancers have fallen by more than a third over the last 40 years.

Fifty years ago, the world was breathing a sigh of relief after the Cuban missile crisis. Young couples would discuss whether it was responsible to have children when the future seemed so dark. But now, as we celebrate the arrival of Light into the world, it’s worth remembering that, in spite of all our problems, the forces of peace, progress and prosperity are prevailing.

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  • joy

    lovely stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1631192981 Lofi Fisher

    bullet points?

    • dean0

      How dare you ! Point bullets.

  • crd

    “War has historically been humanity’s biggest killer.”

    Eh? What happened to communicable disease?

    Flu alone killed as many people between 1918 and 1920 as were killed in the whole of WW2, and malaria currently carries off about 2 million a year.

    • Maxwell Lamb

      Yeah, it’s a puff piece, and this one statement is the most patently false of the entire spiel. Mosquitos are humanity’s biggest killer. Well, protists are, but then you’re just splitting hairs.

      • mikewaller

        You are bang on the money; and lost amidst the welter of global “facts” are the devastating implications for all but the most talented citizens of the Western economies. Concealed within the figure about those economies growing (over a carefully selected period) whilst its consumption of fossil fuels fell, is the fact that so many of the basic goods now bought are made elsewhere i.e. the fossil fuels responsible are being burned, for example, in China. What we have actually been living through is a fool’s paradise in which we have borrowed massively to support our welfare systems and buy very cheap goods made elsewhere. As a result, much of this shift having been brought about by Western multinationals chasing a competitive edge by relocating manufacturing, the kind of technological edge that the West used to enjoy has been dramatically eroded.

        In short, whilst the good news enunciated above may result in a welcome reduction in the worldwide number of $1 a day people as more and more move into the $2,3,4,5 + a day band, the number of ordinary Westerners on, say, $150 a day will inevitably shrink as the work runs out. To all but the most cock-eyed optimists it is clear that this is already happening and when our historically acquired wealth and capacity to borrow at historically unmatched levels are both exhausted, the the enormous West-East cash-flows that have raised the boats of the $1 a day people will also end.

        So, all in all. this cheery Christmas piece must be regarded as one ginormous turkey.

        • http://www.facebook.com/snoozeri.lostio Snoozeri Lostio

          Liberal feminist idiocy at its finest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4zSRkBMPng

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Winchester/1503164950 Sam Winchester


          • mikewaller

            This non sequitur is so uterly devoid of any logic that I should appreciate your permission to include it in the frontispiece of my forthcoming masterwork “Sexual Obsession and the Decline of the West”.

          • Shiori_Uyoku

            Perfectly stated.

        • Ray

          Dude, youre only talking about the United States, and a few other fiscally irresponsibe countries. This guy is Talking about the WHOLE WORLD, but i guess its typical american to think everyone is talking about you all the time. I live in Canada, we certainly have not “borrowed massively” as you put it, just because your government is incredibly stupid and borrows massive piles of money in China doesnt mean they are all that stupid. This guy was pointing out that GLOBAL progress is being made in all areas, He wasnt just talking about your sad little future United States of China, although I can see as a american how you would think that, as such near-sighted thinking is what got your country in the situation ts in in the first place. Yea eventually the US wil have to pay up to China, but americans seem to forget that there are 200 other countries on the planet, and a large portion of them would be just fine even if the US disappeared from the face of the Earth. So go ahead and think your own Western and american experiences are typical of the world in general. The rest of the world will continue to progress as it always has and if the US and all those money borrowing countries dont keep up, they will be left behind as we move into a new era and the so-called “Third World” becomes a thing of the past.

          • Dewreck

            I read “dude” and I stopped reading.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Meyers/100000105026626 Dan Meyers

            Dewreck — You didn’t miss anything. Gay-Ray is your run of the mill Canuck socialist. They should be happy we have protected them for so long and in so many wars.

          • Dewreck

            Ah yes, the commie Canuck conglomeration.

          • http://www.facebook.com/joshuajkdunn Josh Dunn

            RIGHT! Cause we know how many wars Canada has gotten into, how many countries have invaded Canada… In actual reality, it was America that invaded Canada during the war of 1812. And Canada kicked our ass and burned the white house.

          • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ ElectionFraudClick4Proof

            You should feel robbed of democracy and free press after this last rigged election, coup, and REAL cover up. The whistle by my name exposes what the media cannot, the truth!

          • Sasha Soetoro

            We don’t want your controlled opposition, mob rule- you government shill.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDwOPUs7SRw Bustyn1

            “ElectionFraud” is actually a sad little nutcase named Aaron, who wanders the discussion threads posting under an assortment of names, and pushing his paranoid conspiracy theory: that every news story is fiction churned out by teams of government writers, that Sarah Palin is an imaginary character invented by George Soros and the CIA, that Whitney Houston is still alive somewhere, and that Jimmy Carter is actually a dead real estate infomercial spokesman. (Apparently, that’s all supposed to tie together somehow.)

            Of course, despite the CIA’s best efforts to shut him down, he and only he has had the remarkable insight to recognize the clear evidence staring us all in the face: that the names “Obama” and “Biden” share some letters with “Osama” and “bin Laden,” that Che Guevara’s name starts the same as “Che”-lsea Clinton’s, and (most ominous of all) that the name “Soros” is a PALIN-drome! (Get it? Palin?)

            What he doesn’t explain is why, if they’re trying to cover something up, the CIA left all these “obvious” clues. Of course, anyone who points that out (like me, for example) is a highly-paid government troll working hard on the team assigned to silence him, just like the “secret agents” who were posing as coworkers at his carpet-cleaning job. Similarly, any story that he finds trivial is just government bread-and-circuses to distract us from “the TRUTH about the COUP and COVERUP.” This guy makes the Truther crazies look like a church sewing circle.

            When he’s off his meds, Aaron links to his crazy little blog to just about every news story he sees, at least the ones the guys in the white coats will let him read between finger paint hour and pudding time. He’s usually on the right side of the issues on things, but he’s clearly got a few bulbs burnt out in his chandelier. (Then again, maybe HE is the government troll, working hard to make the anti-Obama position seem crazy. Hmmm…)

            I encourage you to check out his site, not because there’s anything to it, but because it is the funniest damn thing you’ll read all day. But in the meantime, avoid “liking” his comments; it just feeds his delusions.

          • BajaDreamer

            Don’t feed the SPAM troll!

          • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ GovernmentCoverUpClick4Proof

            then close your mouth

          • BajaDreamer

            Try taking your own advice Aaron. 😉

          • Ihategovtcoverupclick4proof

            When will the CIA finally take you???? I am NOW positive you do not have a job to read every story and post EVERY day. You MUST have no job or life and receiving welfare.

          • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ 2nd9/11ThwartedClickProfile

            From what I read it appears the American people should take the CIA and the cowards online like you making threats against American citizens for exposing the REAL MEDIA BLACKOUT.

          • OlderWoman

            And there you have it. A second new monicker for Aaron’s little conspiracy web site.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3A3EZTFMRMHUVN2DDPBWYMQ7XU George

            You need to get a new history book.

          • http://www.facebook.com/nigelstapuft Brian White

            And keep buying history books until ou find one that agrees with you.

          • matt2717

            Umm, I think it’s the British Army you’re blathering about…

          • BajaDreamer

            Put down the bong and step back.

          • CONELRAD

            Canada kicked our ass and burned the white house? Oh, God, we’re doomed.

          • NE_Heights_Elitist

            Canada kicked our ass? History disagrees with you.

          • gotham1883

            Uh, we kicked their ass. We won the war of 1812 and Canada was ruled by Great Britain who we defeated again. Nobody gives a ratsass about Canada, not really. A bunch of canucks and frogs

          • MarineDad

            Dan, I’m a Canuck. Have lived in the States for 32 years. My kids have all been born in the States. My eldest son is an active duty USMC officer. Most of my extended family still lives in Canada. I can see both sides of the coin. I’m sure you are a friendly person, but your name calling is not an effective argument. Growing up I had heard the same “we could take over your little country in 20 minutes” . We felt safe because we recognized that most Americans would not be able to find Canada on a world map.(haha) Lighten up, Dan. We all need to cut the other person just a little bit of slack. The U.S. is becoming one of the most bitter, angry and divided nations. The internal decay that will most assuredly bring us down.

          • http://www.facebook.com/hunter.gooseman Hunter Gooseman

            yeah, thats why you came to the states – right?

          • MarineDad

            Hunter –

            Your reply was probably not a real question but I will answer it for you. I am a descendant of at least nine patriots of the American revolution – some soldiers of the line and others state militia (NY, NC, RI, MA). I may have more American heritage than you. This is the land of my heritage. Just so happened that some of my kin ended up in Canada in the early 1900’s and I was born there. I live here because I love it here. I live here because I believe the United States is still a beacon of liberty to world. I have taught my sons to defend it. That does not keep me from acknowledging that American “goodness”, appreciated by most nations, is greatly undermined by a zeitgeist of sarcasm and acrimony.

          • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ 2nd9/11ThwartedClickProfile

            I’m happy you found a thesaurus

          • BajaDreamer

            I’m happy you found a new screen name. I was getting tired of seeing the old one everywhere.

          • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ 2nd9/11ThwartedClickProfile

            I’m happy as a government poster that you speak for other government posters. More bang for the taxpayer buck.

          • BajaDreamer

            Pardon me, but your delusional ignorance is showing again.

          • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ 2nd9/11ThwartedClickProfile

            just tell everyone why you’re such a coward following orders.

          • BajaDreamer

            Just tell everyone you’re a mindless idiot listening to the voices.

          • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ 2nd9/11ThwartedClickProfile

            attack, discredit, and divert attention. What are you hiding? Probably the truth about the story I’m leaking

          • BajaDreamer

            The only real thing you leak generally runs down your leg after your diaper fills up and overflows.

          • OlderWoman

            Me, also.

          • miegaha

            America has become a toilet. It’s best days ended in 2008. Sad, but true.

          • JDean

            Great, Great Reply!! Welcome back would not seem appropriate, but thank you anyway. If we had another 300,000,000 like you we would be just fine – really fine.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tim.long.1614 Tim A Long

            @Marinedad……..I am a natural US citizen, and I agree!

          • OIFAlumni

            I blame Bush….and Owebama.

          • http://www.facebook.com/janet.prasad.5 Janet Prasad

            It’s about time we all blame ourselves; no character any more.

          • OIFAlumni

            I blame the psycopath that commits the murder(s) and the shrill cry of the hypocritical gun grabbers that help set up these killings fields.

          • http://www.facebook.com/randyaford Randy A. Ford

            Just happened to receive the above article from a friend and started reading these comments and found yours to be the calmest and most accurate. Blame is everywhere; it’s a necessity whenever one lives in fear. The American culture has become a culture of fear, so selfishness has become the acceptable norm and blaming is the first rule of selfishness.

          • StandUpAmerica59

            I agree, the US is becoming bitter and divided. However, that is by design. It is part of the dismantling of America as we once knew it. Kruschev predicted this, and it has happened, or nearly so. It also happens to line up Biblically, as do many other world events. Not to say the end is near, only to say we are getting closer. The progressives, however, think all will be rosey. I also do not think the US is better than other countries, only that, for a time, the US was given the responsibility of helping police the world. But now, I am afraid the government is not in it only for themselves.

          • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ 2nd9/11ThwartedClickProfile

            Divide and conquer, a government strategy to control the masses justifying it’s existence no different than the selling of fear

          • PatThe Rat

            Nah, eventually the conservatives will rise up and get rid of the bitter liberals. The conservatives are just giving the liberals enough rope to hang themselves so that we can flush them all out of their hiding spots; then we’ll round them all up and send ’em to Guatanamo Bay for “safe keeping”.

          • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ 2nd9/11ThwartedClickProfile

            With the rest of the politicians responsible for 911 and the rogue CIA agents?

          • jDean

            That’s fine with me – Guantanamo I mean! The Liberal, Progressive Socialists are indeed terrorists as far as I am concerned. They should be able to relate well to the jihadists already there. Perhaps they will convert and no longer be infidels like many or most of us.

          • Mike Eck

            Submitted to Fundies Say The Darndest Things to document the irrational, ignorant, misinformed, hateful, etc. comments of people on the fringes of society that deserve to be pushed over the edge, never to be heard from again, so that their ignorance and lack of reason is no longer spewed in an otherwise civil society.

          • SJA

            Not going to happen Pat! So here’s an idea for you. Form a dialogue with them and stop trying to be right all the time and MAYBE you might actually solve something. Rather than do what you’re currently doing which is arguing about who broke the dishes on the Titanic. Just LOVE the amount of tolerance your statement made…Might be asking you a little too much to consider anyone’s POV other than your own though

          • steveb

            Stop being right all the time ? That’s pretty good propaganda. So is the part of the “who broke the dishes of the Titanic”. Lefty destroys…then Lefty lies about it. Your leftist point of view is warped, illogical, destructive. It brings misery where ever it’s tried. Lefty cannot understand logic or common sense, and must be defeated. There is no middle ground with a philosophy that wishes to enslave people.

          • steveb

            Stop being right all the time ? That’s pretty good propaganda. So is the part of the “who broke the dishes of the Titanic”. Lefty destroys…then Lefty lies about it. Your leftist point of view is warped, illogical, destructive. It brings misery where ever it’s tried. Lefty cannot understand logic or common sense, and must be defeated. There is no middle ground with a philosophy that wishes to enslave people.

          • toldyaso

            What have you been doing the last 12 years as all economic progress has stalled (for people, not corporations)… been lulling everyone to sleep with 2 “free” wars, gutting out rights with the Patriot Act, tax cuts while we are still in debt (marking the widest divide in American history of wealth and poverty), unfunded medicare entitlements. What was all that, just showing liberals how wrecking a country is done? Yeah, you sure “starved the beast.”

          • NE_Heights_Elitist

            ‘We felt safe because we recognized that most Americans would not be able to find Canada on a world map.’ This is the smug, inherited from-the-British attitude that many Americans hate about your people.

          • Gman32

            And your assumption that many Canadians attitude towards Americans comes from our British heritage (the same one you have), and not as a reaction to the way that a lot of Americans view Canada as a second-class nation when, especially in recent years, we’ve been your equal or better in most aspects of being a nation. It’s this blind, ignorant archaic-in-todays-world attitude of America being infallible and any criticism directed towards it being borne out of spite that makes most of the world hate your people. Oh, and as much as the jokes about Americans finding Canada on the map are stupid and tired, your education system is one of the worst in the developed world. So, not really an unfounded statement.

          • Northern_Witness

            The U.S. is not interested in taking over Canada because that would result in 30 million new Democrats and keep the Republicans out of national office for the next few centuries. Plus, gun control would suddenly become acceptable.

          • SJA

            We have guns up here too Northern Witness. In fact seeing you guys engage in the whole Conservative/Liberal mud tossing is actually quite the nice joke for us.

          • Mark

            Right, its just that simple….

          • Mike Souza

            All Great empires fall under the weight of their greatness!

          • http://www.facebook.com/deb.catovbudesa Deb Catov Budesa

            One need only look at the ungracious victory of the left who gloated and mocked the right for Obama’s reelection to understand exactly why our country is becoming so bitter, angry and divided. Our ‘great uniter’ of a president is anything but.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jim.gallagher.18 Jim Gallagher

            Canada has good walleye fishing.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jim.gallagher.18 Jim Gallagher

            John Candy came from Canada and we loved him.

          • sodacrackers2

            It is good vs evil, and good will win in the end.

          • Mr. Rational

            So, who are we protecting Canada from?…..I don’t think they have any enemies….

          • OIFAlumni

            It used to be their health care system, now it is just the Inuit and the Cree.

          • OlderWoman

            Canada has a lot of problems. Google for them. I’m tired of hearing how great Canada is over the U.S. Meanwhile, they isolate themselves from the world unless they need something we have.

          • Northern_Witness

            Canada is not isolationist but rather continues to expand its free trade agreements with other countries. Of course, the U.S. continues to rely on Canadian oil.

          • AugustineThomas

            And Canada continues to rely on the U.S. not conquering them for their smart mouths..

          • Northern_Witness

            The U.S. doesn’t want smart people. That is the smart Merkins become Canadian citizens.

          • AugustineThomas

            Typical leftist. Doesn’t understand the difference between a smart mouth and a smart brain..

          • http://www.facebook.com/nigelstapuft Brian White

            We’re all commies up here. Our biggest exports are tie-dyed t-shirts, hookahs and oil, which you chaps seem to want in great abundance. I had thought our relationship was based on shared values and common goals; thanks for correcting me with the knowledge that it’s really based on the US protecting us lazy, defenseless bums.It was the convoys(Canadian) across the Atlantic that kept the British alive. Otherwise who knows what language you would be speaking now? As for WW2, I had an uncle killed at Dieppe, long before the US entered the war. I’m just sick and tired of Americans preaching about being the only beacon of light in the world.

          • Me

            The DrudgeReport.com has linked to this article. Please keep this in mind when reviewing these posts and understand that this vocal group doesn’t represent the view of most Americans….

          • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.thompson.5688 Lisa Thompson

            drudgereport.com is not a vocal group and they don’t write the articles. It’s a news aggregation service. All it does is post links to other websites so you can read what so-called journalists and newspapers publish. Your ridiculous post is proof that you have probably never been to the sight or you have the attention span of a carrot or you would have noticed that the links bring you to many different sites. Good grief…I can’t believe people can be so ignorant!

          • OlderWoman

            ‘site’ not ‘sight’.

          • NE_Heights_Elitist

            Pot meet kettle. Develop a cogent argument sometime. Oh no the Drudge readers are here!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1319542855 Dave Thrush

            Drudge is one of the, if not the most visited site on the web. What most Americans are you talking about?

          • K M

            That’s why he gets a BILLION hits per month, I guess… ALSO, retard…. Drudge doesn’t write the stories, he only links from other news … I am never sure what you clones mean when you talk smack about the Drudge “group”…. If I read an article from ABC linked from Drudge, I am exposed to all the articles on the ABC site… That seems to be a multiplier in favor of “smart”… I think you are the stupid one, stuck in your talking point shell…. Go read Daily KOS, or reread “How to Please Obama with a Koolaid Swirly”….

          • NE_Heights_Elitist

            and please understand that you don’t speak for all Americans either.

          • steveb

            You are a mindless slave, a know nothing repeating talking points given to you from your slave masters. You were told Drudge was “bad”, and you vomit out the lies you were told. It’s much easier to not think, and just believe every lie they feed you, isn’t it? You are weak, spineless, a slavebot devoid of all logic, common sense, laying in the fetal position waiting for your slave masters to tell you what to think.

          • roder005

            Well, I’m American and have found the US military goes around kicking ass because there is either oil, minerals, or a reason to overturn the existing government to make a new enemy. We can’t survive without an enemy. Nor can we survive without stealing the world’s oil and mineral supplies. We are only going in to certain regions of Africa now, but only if there is a dastardly leader (or oil and minerals). There is no profit in peace. We are the world beacon of freedom and that is why we are so hated. We say we are fighting for freedom and the citizenry buys that line of crap. We tend to watch TV all day, too, when we aren’t working. I am sooooo sorry for us. My apologies, Canada.

          • mikewaller

            There was a rather wonderful American top sergeant who on arriving in Kuwait for the first Iraqi war, was asked on TV “Have you come because of the oil?” His reply? “Put it his way, if they grew carrots we won’t be here”.


            Don’t believe that’s true …post a link liar

          • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.thompson.5688 Lisa Thompson

            Sounds like envy or jealousy to me. You are one of those people that likes to stereotype a whole country of citizens based on 1 or 2 posts that you disagree with and you don’t even know what country the posts are from. Sounds like you have issues. Personally, I would be thankful if all of the countries out there that receive monetary help from the US, would not receive said monetary help any more. More than 1/2 of US citizens don’t believe in what our govt is doing so don’t blame ALL Americans for your issues. We have enough idiots here at home that we have to deal with. BTW, if your country is so wonderful, why do lots and lots of Canadians, including the minister for Labrador, come here for their heart & other surgeries? I’ll tell you, it’s because they would die at home waiting in your country. Now we’re going to have the same corrupt BS socialist system that you have so maybe you will stay home in Canada.

          • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ 2nd9/11ThwartedClickProfile

            too many people unhappy with the truth leaking out about Obama, that’s all.

          • K M

            Brian White, NO OTHER country in the history of the world has brought so much light and hope to others around the world as America…. It’s sad you can never understand what “American exceptionalism” actually means. That term belongs to everyone, from any country, that desires to partake of the freedom and opportunities she was FOUNDED upon…. Just “saying” your country is great is little more than cheerleading. When you develop a country in a 300 year time span that has changed (and protected) the world for the sake of good and prosperity, you can have bragging rights. Until then, you should stop asking her for help when the other “exceptional” powers try to take over….

          • Raman_Indian_123

            From the viewpoint of the African slaves and the exterminated Indians and the populations in Latin America who have lived and perished under US-backed murderous despots this seems correct.
            Incidentally not even Mr Obama agrees.



          • NE_Heights_Elitist

            Give me a break! You act as if Germany would have taken over America without old Canada protecting us. Yawn.

          • Northern_Witness

            Of course, we should remember the Canadian navy which ensured the survival of the Atlantic convoys and the U.S. And, let’s not forget the War of 1812 in which we kicked U.S. butt. Oh yes, the Canadian pipelines that supply the U.S. with oil.

          • NE_Heights_Elitist

            Kicked US butt? If I recall the war ended on your soil. You may have kicked butt at first, but you got yours handed to you later on. One has to love revisionist, PC, Canadian history.

          • Northern_Witness

            At the Treaty of Ghent (which ended the War of 1812) everything went back to what is was before the U.S. invasion. All was naught – a lesson the U.S. didn’t learn in time for Viet Nam.

            Incidentally, the Treaty returned to the U.S. 40,000 square kilometers of territory around Lakes Superior and Michigan and in Maine that it had lost to the forces defending Canada. We should not have been so generous because the Merkins are too self-absorbed to be appreciative.

          • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ ElectionFraudClick4Proof

            I often do the same

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Allen/562896146 Robert Allen


          • BajaDreamer

            Don’t feed the troll!

          • Mia

            Then you missed an excellent reply. Your loss.

          • Dewreck

            Doubt it toots.

          • Enoch100


          • Dewreck

            You one of those fruitcake hipster pastors?

          • http://www.facebook.com/tim.leeland Tim Lee


          • OlderWoman

            Yes, ‘dude’ gave it away.

          • Northern_Witness

            Your mistake.

          • Dewreck

            what’s the saying? STFUP?

          • Dewreck

            Hey northern witness, why don’t let people know you are Nazi?

          • http://www.facebook.com/jchelwig Joe Helwig

            the point he was making is the US is borrowing Money so it can be sent to Other Countries (through Aid or the buying of goods) that are these developing nations, when our economy breaks down so will their prosperity, If they allow the economy to go over this so called “Fiscal Cliff” that the media made up, watch and see what happens to the world’s economy…BTW You can not even compare the US economy to Canada’s, Canada does not break the top 10 in the world. I am not saying our leaders are not stupid for borrowing like they do, read the whole post next time….

          • antiobamanation

            maybe if we stop sending aid to muslim countries who hate us

          • robinnj

            thanks for the assist. I failed to mention that as well…..in my rebuttal

          • Pete

            True, Canada hasn’t borrowed as much as the United States, but take into account that there are only 34.5 million people living in Canada, and your country has borrowed $601B to finance your governmental expenditures, I would say that your assertions are incorrect, based on the fact that all I had to do was Google what you said and disprove it. And way to go not lumping Canada into other, “westernized democracies.” No, you’re right, Canada bears no resemblance to the United Kingdom, France, or even the United States. Thought-provoking analyses. You should work for some think-tank.

          • antiobamanation

            and canada is rich in natural resources, much higher per capita,..huge dif….may not be universally true,.but we personally know many canadiens who come here for specialist treatment.

          • delong003

            They won’t have to for very long—-Obamacare will take care of that. We’ll get the same crap of medical care as what they do now.

          • OlderWoman

            Their health care leaves a lot to be desired. And I also believe they have hate crime legislation that has been passed. If this is true, Big Brother lives there.

          • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ ElectionFraudClick4Proof

            Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after a coup and cover up. Most comments online are financed with our tax dollars. They are trying to create the perception of public opinion and bury the truth about this last rigged election. They think you can’t handle the truth. Learn what the media cannot report on leaked in my name. It’s sick, twisted, and you’ll likely never pay taxes again after you read it.

          • krusatyr

            We also borrow from the other white meat, Canadians, puck face.

            Skate down here, hoser, and chain our empty chair stainin the WH cause we’re too pu$$y to get the job done, aye.

          • AugustineThomas

            Spoken like the true student of an American leftist..

          • robinnj

            Ray, you misguided canadian. The fact of the matter is “we” the people of the United States have had our government overrun with communists and socialists slowly and incrementally eroding our way of life here. We are not stupid Americans, we are battling a media that covers for them and throws the race card at anyone who stands up to them. Obama should not have won re-election, by any means. But when an outsider like George Soros has a stake in the election machines and the “dead” folks are allowed to vote, and we are forced into a trans national nation, we are divided by these idiots running the show, whether they are in our government or on the outside pulling strings. So before you open your canadian pie hole you’d remember that. This recent school shooting is just TOO tidy to be real. With drunk driving killing more per year than mass shootings, it’s just funny how they have ramped up during the last 5 years. When they take our guns, we will be done, they know that. AND if you think I am wrong about it, just look at the STATS in Washington, D.C. where they banned guns. ONLY the criminals and cops have guns and they STILL have murders by gun. SO it doesn’t work. Just as outlawing BOOZE didn’t work. canada had NO problem exploiting that back during prohibition and helping with smuggling up in the Chicago area……ok eh?

          • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ ElectionFraudClick4Proof

            clock out

          • robinnj

            Aaron, you’re like the bad canadian change that keeps ending up in my pocket. Useless and valueless.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clarity-jane-Seer/100002896137067 Clarity-jane Seer

            checked lately? Canadian dollar is above par! America has printed so many dollars that is getting worthless fast!

          • OlderWoman

            My friend visited Canada two years ago. She received $85.00 Canadian dollars in exchange for $100 USD.

          • BajaDreamer

            Please don’t feed the troll!

          • http://www.facebook.com/joshuajkdunn Josh Dunn

            Clearly, you don’t know what Socialism, Communism or Capitalism are. Also D.C. did not ban guns, there were no cases of major voter fraud in the last election or in recent U.S. history, Romney also “had a stake in election machines” By all rights Obama SHOULD have been reelected. Incumbents nearly always win, he led in every poll the entire time and the Republicans generated so much ill will against themselves during the Bush Admin for the epic bungling in all matters foreign and domestic. You’re not stupid, you’re deranged if you believe that nonsense.

          • robinnj

            Josh, of course I know the difference, but YOU don’t. NO president under the circumstances of HIGH unemployment alone would survive. Carter anyone? When Obama on TAPE for all to see on you tube says he wants to have a single payer system for healthcare what do you think he’s talking about? He has employed people around him that are KNOWN communists VAN JONES anyone? I won’t dignify your claim about Romney as that is typical to always throw the blame to someone else. You should be asking yourself why blacks have not improved their lifestyle after 50 years of loyal voting to Democrats. Democrats who by the way have led the way for Jim Crow, segregation and were stalling civil rights. It’s history. Can’t change that, unless you’re Howard Zinn.
            I thought the black community wanted a better life, but they voted for Obama because they could vote FOR someone instead of against. Even knowing his past. I bet you’re the guy who led the charge to expose the “pranks” of a young Mitt Romney but was no where to found when talking about Obama’s admitted drug use and “chooming.” You voted for the User, I voted for the typical American boy down the street who made pranks. BIG difference. Obama has NO law license, Michelle has NO law license, WHY? He didn’t let it lapse. Show what lawyer lets it lapse after going through so much to get it. He lied on his application. After his book came out, they truth about drugs is what nailed him. You can’t put on your app, that you didn’t use drugs and then a few years later publish you did. Michelle got busted for insurance fraud and surrendered hers. You’re done, Dunn.

          • legend zero

            Too true. Democrats have overseen the destruction of the Black community, family and babies. They have enslaved them to the master that is government. When Blacks were conservatives they had a 90% legitimacy rate, a high school graduation rate that paralleled the other races and were constantly improving their communities. Now they have a near 90% illegitimacy rate, a laughable graduation rate and their communities are in the toilet. Since Roe V Wade, in the United States, more black babies have been aborted than have been born. That’s called Eugenics and it was started by democrats.

          • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ 2nd9/11ThwartedClickProfile

            There’s a reason why our nation is in the shape it is

          • BajaDreamer

            So exactly how many screen names are you up to now troll?

          • OlderWoman

            This is the second new one I’ve seen today.

          • BajaDreamer

            Ol’ Aaron buddy now has at least three that I know of to promote hi website and delusions. The best thing you can do about it is to hole your cursor to the right of his posts and then when it comes up click on “Flag as inappropriate”. When he gets enough complaints they ban him from posting. That’s why he has to keep coming up with new names. 😉

          • CLAYCE

            You clearly have a single dimension mind to believe the non-thinking democrat slop, and follow the bouncing ball of the media and libs!

          • Mr. Rational

            George Soros spent about one-one-hundreths of what the Koch Brothers, or even Shelton Adelson spent, so save me that garbage…..if the GOP hadn’t run such a terrible candidate, they would have won in a landslide…

          • robinnj

            Koch bros.? Soros is the big Dr Evil in the room. You can try and pass off Koch bros. all you want, but with the Liberal Media, Liberal Hollywood and the Soros’ and the U.N. I think the Koch bros are small in comparison to the threat from Communist and Socialists who are really the infestation we have. I guess you agree with Harry Belafonte’a reasoning to arrest me and everyone else that doesn’t agree with your politics? He’s on your side, he speaks for you to you know. Regarding The Koch Bros., I would rather be working for them as “henchman” than to be on the side of the Globalists (Dr Evils of the world).

          • OlderWoman

            Actually it had nothing to do with Romney. No one lost the election and no one won it. There was massive voter fraud committed by liberals in PA, Ohio, Indiana and Virginia. Some democrats voted more than once. Black churches in those states voted multiple times. They bussed in illegal aliens to vote.

          • Mr. Rational

            Romney lost. Get over it. Unless you can actually provide some proof of such wild claims, how about keeping quiet?

          • OlderWoman

            Keeping quiet? So Interesting you said that. You can’t stand it when faced with the truth. It wrecks your liberal fairy tale. You wouldn’t tell me to keep quiet unless you knew I was being truthful.

          • Mr. Rational

            Faced with what truth? You have no evidence or proof, you are just shooting off your mouth. The fact of the matter is that Obama getting elected TWICE kills the conservative fairy tale of a country that minorities will never rule….Obama is a minority that was voted into office twice by minorities, and it just drives you conservatives crazy……..drink it in, its called diversity and its what makes this country great….

          • OlderWoman

            yes minorities and dwl’s multiple voted….voter fraud allowed this fake to remain in the White House. You’re the one whose shooting his mouth off.

          • Mr. Rational

            So, respecting that we just had an election with a clear winner is “shooting my mouth off”, but someone with crackpot conspiracy theories to explain why their horrible candidate didn’t get elected is the credible one?….ok, if you say so…..still waiting for your evidence

          • OlderWoman

            Most of the crime occurs where there is a large black population and where blacks are in political leadership. There’s no way around it, they commit 65% of violent crime, while being only 13% of the total population.

          • 1tymtrvlr

            I think we should start billing canada for living under the U.S.’s nuclear umbrella. America has foot that bill since the 50s.

          • antiobamanation

            and south korea,..tell that to gangnam style??no not interrseted enough to look up the spelling

          • AugustineThomas

            And by the way it might be a bit easier for us if all we had to do was provide one wing in the American military.
            You’re just like Europe you little cowards. You don’t spend a cent on defense because we do it for you and then you brag about whatever you did with the extra money..

            Anyway, just another bitter Canadian, mad that we have several states more powerful than your tiny insignificant backwoods of a country..

          • http://www.facebook.com/joshuajkdunn Josh Dunn

            This argument has no merit, as these countries aren’t involved in the conflicts America is. The vast overwhelming majority of American conflicts are a direct result of aggressive, militant foreign policy. Also, WWII provided that an industrial nation doesn’t need a large standing army, they can just build one. Look at the amount of military equipment and personnel the US had in 1941 vs 1945. Also, Canada kicked America’s ass in the War of 1812.

          • NE_Heights_Elitist

            ‘Also, Canada kicked America’s ass in the War of 1812.’ Yeah, that’s why it ended on your soil. Talk about a Pyrrhic victory.

          • mikewaller

            Some French and Germans used to say such things about Switzerland, and the Swiss used to think “What a pack of Prats”.

          • http://www.facebook.com/sock.sockpuppet Sock Sockpuppet

            Canada lives off the USA’s military without which they would be a colony of Imperial Japan today. They spend nothing on defense so they can spend on other things. Our Salvation Army could kick Canada’s ars.

          • CousinHoward

            I certainly hope these other, more prosperous countries won’t have any problem when their US-funded military welfare is eliminated.

          • http://www.facebook.com/joshuajkdunn Josh Dunn

            You mean Israel?

          • http://www.facebook.com/brian.hartman.3344 Brian Hartman

            Please tell me you’re kidding? America stops Israel from handling their business in the Middle East. Besides that let’s get real for a second. Israel would destroy your French wanna be country in the amount of time it took them to fuel up their jets and fly across the Atl! You guys are like the little kid who runs their mouth and then expects their big brother to handle it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1533787308 Russ Ramey

            Bravo to the developing world, Bravo! America is NOT the world folks, either to blame or claim so get over it. The rise of the middle states and third world should encourage ALL of us not the opposite. If Brazilians, Indians, Chinese, etc capitalize better so be it. By why do we insist others should decide how prosperous Indonesia, Botswana, and Cambodia become? Leave them alone, lassez faire at it’s finest… the more we interfere, the poorer the world is. Abolishing the UN might just be the ticket, as the statists and jihad i theocracies try to achieve through coercion what they can never achieve via competition or even on the battlefield. We can learn by our mistakes, bloddy well time isn’t it?

          • http://www.facebook.com/jon.boede Jon Boede

            Without a superpower patron like the US, the “developing world” that you cheer would be doing a lot less developing. We stabilize their energy supply, buy their products, develop their drugs, contract manufacturing to them, and shield them from the bad guys. America IS the world, even to those too stuffy to admit it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/brian.hartman.3344 Brian Hartman

            Even with the left doing everything in its power to bring us to our knees you hit the nail on the head!

          • Willh33

            whatever…Canada does not really do much in the world anyway…Aye?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Todd-Clemmer/1506137119 Todd Clemmer

            No moron we didn’t forget. We send them billions every year.

          • Dean Martin

            Canadians. Need I say more. Always something to say never doing much of anything.

          • Kirby

            if anything happens to the UNITED STATES DUDE , China will take over canada in about 30 minutes

          • delong003

            Why don’t we just stop all of the funding to all of the coutries we send monies too and then we’ll shall see who starts to cry, moan and whimper first??? (And I agree with the China part—–)

          • http://www.facebook.com/brian.hartman.3344 Brian Hartman

            So true! Silly Canadians. They learned from the French.

          • NE_Heights_Elitist

            One can dream…

          • http://www.facebook.com/jon.boede Jon Boede

            Charming observation, but Canada is becoming an oil rich exporter… although it does have a lot more sense than the US about balancing its budget, it’s doing that on the back of an oil-export-per-capita ratio that makes it a whole lot less like the US.

          • Terry

            I saw how he rightly capitalized Canada and throughout his diatribe used lower case in America & American.

          • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ ElectionFraudClick4Proof

            Where can I buy the rest of this novel?

          • markkozikowski

            Can you say Spain, Ireland, Italy, France, Portugal, Venezuella, Brazil, Japan…. Need we say more.

            NO, it is not America. It is the whole world. We are taking from those that have, and the future, in order to paint a rosy, Utopian world.
            BUT, that will end, The Money extortion will end, and when that happens, it will not be America, or Spain, but the Entire World that suffers.

          • Sasha Soetoro

            Do you really believe that Canada, Mexico and the US are not economically joined? Canuck bucks are worth even less than our US monopoly money. As a participant in the Federal Reserve’s monetary fantasy, Canada- just like the US and basically every ‘civilized’ nation in the world- is in over its head in phony derivative garbage. It is naive to believe that Canada somehow evaded this situation. We’re all in the same boat now.

            The North American Union may have been silenced, but it was never stopped. When the new, global currency is rolled out, people like you will praise the UN as saviors, just as they planned.

            Wake up.

          • freedom16

            I live in the United States and I do agree with you. We have borrowed so much money from China we have dug a huge hole. If we have just stayed out if these 20 different wars we are in and minded our own business things may looked brightener but now our egos have got the best of us. I love my country but fear my government.
            If we hadn’t outsources all of our jobs we wouldn’t be heading for massive collapse but we are already there.

            At least I hope other countries things are getting better.

          • thebobe

            So the $600 Billion ($17000 per person) owed isn’t debt? Perhaps you don’t think that is “borrowed massively”.

          • http://www.facebook.com/alonzo.fosdick Alonzo Fosdick

            The only reason Canada is doing well is that they didn’t have to put up with likes of Frank, Dodd, Carter, Clinton, Johnson, Gorelick and the like. If you had 1/10 of the Progunist fools we have, you’d be broke, too.

          • Murica

            Wow. You sir, are an uninformed idiot. The other countries would be just fine without the US huh? Wrong. Look up statistics on how much foreign aid the US provides. None of that is “paid back” to us. All the “charity” the U.N. provides….well the U.S. funds 75% of that. Comments like yours make me want the US to just annex Canada and say “Do something punks?” Whatcha gonna do? Fucking bow down. You’re lucky we aren’t like the British. They’d have taken your country about 150 years ago. Another think you don’t understand is America could just say “fuck you China”. Come try to take your money. That would fix all of our “fiscal” problems. What’re they going to do? Attack us? Nope. Bottom Line: If the ENTIRE world declared war on the US we could kill almost every living person on the planet within a month and just have us sitting here without a few major cities after a few russian nukes got through. If they did. Point: The world lives because we are benevolent. Oh, and fuck you.

          • Glrk10

            You think it’s been the best year yet for middle eastern Christians? How about Egyptian women? Greek workers? Canadians would be in the poor house if it was not for Americans buying their goods. Where else will you sell your snowmobiles and maple cookies- Sudan? I would like to see how long the Canadian welfare state would survive if you had to support millions of unskilled Mexicans and welfare moms.

          • matt2717

            So, “dude,” how are the new high times there in Colorado?

          • Glrk10

            It never ceases to amaze me how Canadians complain about global warming and yet they rely heavily on oil exports to fund their socialist utopia.

          • nortonburgess

            Um, pardon me Ray but as a fellow Canuck you’re embarrassing the smart people. The current real estate bubble up there is going to go “pop” very shortly and then as all hell breaks loose you’ll see that – yes in fact the Chinese own Canada as well. Been out west lately? Dope.

          • brad

            What about how canada sucks off of our good welfare when it comes to national security and armed forces. Yes, let us do the heavy lifting, and wimpy little countries like yours can go on debate stupid issues like should we speak french or english. Don’t worry, yours is not the only sucking country, it is most of the world, the same ones that consistently puts down the US, like you, piss ant. Wimps like you should be kissing our feet, but you know you and your country are lesser countries then the greatest country to ever exist, and probably will ever exists. The jealousy drips from your stinking breath every time your pie hole opens, canada sucks without the US, sorry your to stupid to realize it. Notice I did not capitalize the C in canada, you don’t deserve it.

          • Derek Whitman

            Dude, near-sighted thinking…like Canada selling off the worlds 3rd largest recoverable oil fields to China?

          • The Truth

            you really think ALL other countries would be fine without the United States? That’s the most laughable thing I’ve read all day. All other currencies would be in a catastrophic meltdown if the U.S. crumbled. You can make fun of stereotypical Americans for all you want and make yourself feel better, but the hard truth is at the end of the day you need us and everyone needs us. Face the facts.

          • mikewaller

            I am British which rather suggests that your world view is utterly dominated by US-Canadian relations this being the only prism through which you can see anything..

          • Michael Chiasson

            “Americans seem to forget that there are 200 other countries on the planet, and a large portion of them would be just fine even if the US disappeared from the face of the Earth. ”

            It’s not my nature to be thumping my chest in patriotic displays. But it is a simple fact that the entire planet benefits from the presence of the US here. It’s the US that drives the technological pace of the planet. Without growth derived from US innovations, like “fracking” and countless other developments, the planet would be at zero growth according to a recent study. We drive progress in medical research for instance.
            We also serve to assure that bullies around the world are kept in check. Europe would be under German or Soviet domination today if not for our intervention. But I understand your resentment. Its difficult to live in the shadow of a world power that could crush you in a heart-beat if we ever felt the need. Canadians are like the mouse dropped into the enclosure of a python snake. You know you can only survive until the hour when the snake gets really, really hungry. I’m guessing that the mouse bears a lot of resentment.

          • biggcatt1

            Well spot on eexceept for a couple points. One many even some of our biggest detractors wouldd miss us. Who still drives the world economy? Who would replace us as relatively benevolent hhegemons? For all our flaws the us is still an overwhelming force for good in the world. Second other than the las t 2 orr 3 hundred years has the world generally progressed? And what nation and its ideals has been present during that time? Of course correlation is not causation. But it is good to see america doesnt have the only abysmal school system.

          • PlutarchinAmerica

            Right. Canada’s debt to GDP ratio is over 85% (higher than, for example, that of Spain), and it’s only as low as that because of an unsustainable boom in tar sands exports. Please, don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back.

            Canada is marginally better off than the US because it free rides on US defense spending and benefits from our insatiable demand for oil, but with over 73% of Canada’s exports going to the US, Canada’s future will continue to rise and fall in relative lock-step with ours.

          • robrrtsgt40

            You think Canada is immune from what’s coming. LMFAO

          • http://www.facebook.com/lfewell1 Lynn Fewell

            You love your country and espouse how great it is. However, what has, and does, your great country done to help improve those suffering from famine and disease?

          • ronwagn

            Yes, we Americans need to start thinking globally, but keep our own way of life as much as possible. It is in great danger of vanishing. Canadians, Americans, and Mexicans all need to be fast friends, and help each other to improve our economies and lives. We can be an exporting powerhouse like China, and quit ruining our economy.

          • OIFAlumni

            I don’t know dude, the title sounds pretty Orwellian to me…Big Brother always claimed there was more of everything too.

          • dygene

            Dude, you along with Europe would be speaking Russian or German if not for the United States. No country in the world has given more to others than the U.S.!

          • CONELRAD

            mikewaller used the word “whilst.” Not very American, ey?

          • K M

            Dude………….. If not FOR America, the rest of the world would be mired in the worst poverty and oppression known to man. Dude…….. learn some 1st grade history. Dude…… WE THE PEOPLE didn’t borrow so much money…. YOU THE DUMBASS SOCIALISTS did!

          • PatThe Rat

            I guarantee you this – if the United States does go away, we’ll take the rest of the world with us. So you better pray to your deity of choice that the US stays around for a long, long time.

          • Funny

            This coming from a country that can afford to spend nothing for military because they know Big Brother will always be there to protect them. I’ll take a punch in the nuts before a free-loading Canadian speaks ill of the country that provided the global stability that allowed Canadian enterprise to grow.

          • historyguy48

            Want to bet on that? When America dies, the rest of the world becomes zombies, if they are lucky.
            And that is the problem because you now have a major communist country on your southern border. How long do you think Canada will last?

          • NE_Heights_Elitist

            You just sold off your remaining gold reserves. That is the height of stupidity. Typical know-it-all Canadian.

          • Yank

            Canada dealt with the same issues the US is plagued with now thirty years ago. Canada had austerity before it was the norm. Your liberal Canadian fool politicians had you way ahead of the curve. Or are you to young to remember, boy.

          • sodacrackers2

            A wee bit bitter, are you, Ray?

          • GhengU.S. Khan

            Hey Ray,

            Guess what buddy, if and when it all goes wrong in the U.S. – we’ll just annex your sorry hockey playing nation and rape it for all its resources. How’s that sound?

          • gotham1883

            Shut up Ray and go back to what you do best, drink beer, eat donuts, and play hockey.

          • Mark

            What, as opposed to the Canadian Republic of China? Don’t kid yourself buddy, Harper has sold us down the Yang-zee river with little more than a turd for a paddle.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000129790230 Arman Ghaffari

            Actually, the USA has a pretty good relationship with China. If it wasn’t for our “senseless” consumerism, their economy wouldn’t be growing nearly as fast. You think too much in terms of debt and money. It really doesn’t matter as much as people think. Growth = confidence = prosperity.

            The USA is also giving China plenty of mineral rights in Afghanistan, as well as letting them build ports in the Americas even after the Monroe Doctrine.

            Before you go running your mouth about invented narratives, you should do some research as to what is really going on.

        • Sasha Soetoro

          This is the New World Order.

        • MAM2016

          So many words, so little substance. Allow me to give future readers a summary of this assault on logic and grammar that you’ve bestowed upon us:

          1) While it may be true that we are using less fossil fuels, this is in part due to our outsourcing of manufacturing initiatives to places like China. As manufacturing is rising in those places, so is their usage of fossil fuels, and that is bad.

          2) Global economic progress is destined to be stymied by the exhaustion of “our acquired wealth and capacity to borrow.”

        • Dugway

          This puff piece indicates that Jay Carney could be moonlighting.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Greg-Harris/1165635930 Greg Harris

          Wow, just got to love those who have nothing but gloom and doom on their minds. By your own admission the poorest people are making between 200% and 500% more than they were, yet you find a way to see that as a bad thing. While I agree that government spending, and thus dangerous borrowing, is off the hook, that’s probably about where our agreement ends.

        • Bade

          Oh man, so much Canadian hate, too funny. Let’s go through some of these just for fun.

          Canadian dollar is worthless? Worth 1.02 American at the time of this post. Suck it :)

          Healthcare is garbage? Why’s our infant mortality rate and average lifespan higher? Maybe because your healthcare system is the worst in the developed world for anyone outside the top 1%? Also you spend more on healthcare per capita than we do and yet only cover 1/3 as much. Hilarious.

          You defend us with your military? Against? Who’s looking to invade Canada? Iraq? That’s the last place you invaded, I think we can take Iraq. Oh wait, I forgot, this is just standard US paranoia “oh man if it weren’t for our bloated military everyone would invade us all at once, even Europe because dirty foreigners are jealous of us!” No one wants your country. Trust us.

          “Canada is irrelevant, not even a top 10 economy!” Actually it’s number 10, seriously, took me two seconds to look it up. Granted India will pass us in probably less than 5 years, but still. We’re the 10th largets economy in the world and our GDP per Capita is better than yours. Meaning if we had the same population as you, we’d have a bigger economy.

          Basically, we have a better quality of life, a better economy, and are better respected internationally (though our current PM took a page out of you lot’s crazy book and is trying his damnedest to ruin that).

          One I particularly laughed at: “If we were the British we’d have conquered you 150 years ago”. Oh yes, the British are all over the place conquering stuff these days :p. Also the British didn’t need to conquer us 150 years ago, we were a British colony and we’re still part of the commonwealth you uneducated simpleton. Also America tried to do exactly that 200 years ago and we kicked your asses. Come at us bro. :)

          You’re basically the nation-equivalent of the big stupid bully who reacts to everything with “yeah? well… I CAN BEAT YOU UP” instead of trying to succeed in anything that actually matters. You’re the Biff Tannen of the world. We’re the George McFly. The war of 1812 was that one punch, y’know, where we burned the White House to the ground 😉 How’s the new one working out?

        • http://www.facebook.com/robert.schultz.1401 Robert Schultz

          An excellent, spot-on analysis, mikewaller! Thank you!

        • Shiori_Uyoku

          Check the global demographics too – populations are dropping everywhere, especially in developed countries, to the point where we are not replenishing humanity at a sustainable rate.

        • Anon Ymous

          Except economics aren’t a zero-sum game. There’s not a limited supply of wealth and those plastic toys–like your iPhone–save YOUR limited funds for use on other items.

          • Kyle Poulin

            Great point, Anon. Too few understand econ 101.
            His phone is cheaper, he has more money, and whilst the person in Cina afford to send his children to school and make even better products, consume more products, and lift other people out if poverty.

            Don’t they teach Adam Smith any more?

      • LastMomStanding

        A lie makes it across the globe before the truth gets it’s shoes on. This IS a puff piece. *Facts* are stubborn things that this author should certainly look in to.

      • Sally

        The Spectator not opening their eyes. Very bad vision. They really should get some spectacles.

      • joedoakes202

        I read these words and I though about what The New York Times said about the release of Adolph Hitler from prison . . . look it up.

      • http://www.facebook.com/alonzo.fosdick Alonzo Fosdick

        Agreed. Which makes Rachel Carson the greatest Mass Murderess of all time.

      • HawaiiRules

        I thought it was over-sized sugary drinks.

      • Shiori_Uyoku

        Promiscuity is a big killer as well. Perhaps, when down to the nitty-gritty, the biggest murderer of humanity of them all. Abortion and HIV alone…the genocide is unrelenting.

    • http://twitter.com/sprogglie Sprogglechops

      And smallpox (now eradicated in the wild – an absolute triumph for immunisation) killed more in the first half of the 20th century than ALL the wars of that century combined….

      • Bobby Jay

        So now we are picking out one century and claiming it is an accurate representation of all human history? Wars is a broad term and I think many people don’t get counted in deaths related to “wars.” There is no good way to extrapolate how many people have actually died from declared wars, much less skirmishes or ongoing fighting (like the drug “war” in Mexico right now. Untold thousands and perhaps millions have died through wars and battles. It isn’t a blatant lie of falsehood to say war has historically been out biggest killer but perhaps if he changed it to “violence” I would be more accurate. Don’t forget that some people died of certain communicable diseases directly related to wars, which side should those count for?

        • AugustineThomas

          So you think leftist politics will bring an end to millions of years of human nature? We make war, get used to it.

          The ones who give up the guns aren’t tomorrow’s righteous heroes, they’re tomorrow’s oppressed minority.. (Hypocrite international leftists can only strike the pose they do because Christian conservatives protect with them their military might. It’s an absolute mystery to me why the Christian American military protects the godless heathens who have taken over the government!)

        • Barrys Ucks

          What about abortion?

          • MatBastardson

            Though I morally object to the practice, I will not interfere with your Right to Choose™. As long as there is a buck in it. Come right this way.

    • Sabrina Bruning

      Mostly, I think the difference here is a semantic one. People “kill” other people but they “die” from disease. Also, war is controllable by man, whereas disease we can only *try* to prevent/treat but may not always be successful.

      • Amy

        I remember that there is a term called biological weapons that ‘scientists’ are creating…yes its kind of war in ‘peace’ and silence.. and. People dye without knowing why and how. Yes more poor people die the less poorers and the survivers will be in ‘best years ever’…

        • Amy

          I want to add that AIDS is a disease made in laboratory been spread out to reduce population… look…most Africans dead for that. Go and do research. YES there is time for the positive statements but this is time to say the truths.

          • Matt

            I want to add that you’re full of shit. Cite a reputable source for your claim or just shut up, making such ridiculous and offensive claims do not add anything to the discussion.

          • john

            you are an idiot

          • krusatyr

            Amy will be checkin’ outta the Galaxy on the 21st: likely up on her roof right now in a rapture gown, scannin the horizon for apocalyptic horses to ride to redemption or flyin’ Mayans to snatch her beatin’ bleedin’ heart right outta her chest to sate their hungry jungle gods.

        • Dean Martin

          People dye when they want to change their hair color.

      • AugustineThomas

        Only women and leftists think its realistic to make people stop hungering for power.
        As long as war is a tool to achieve that end and human nature is broken and partially evil, we’re going to have to keep defending ourselves with weapons that scare leftist women like yourself..

        • krusatyr

          Deceit is a weapon that enabled the poser to keep stainin the WH.

          Outlaw that. Put that in chains.

    • heloo

      hmm… probably we should worry about over population now.

      • Flyguy

        Actually, the pop will begin to contract in 50 years…due to fewer kids, longer waits, educated women. so rejoice!!

        • Eddie

          Highly unlikely, that.

          The population will only begin to stabilise when Nature takes its course, and human nature too, and disease, starvation and conflicts kill millions off. Too late, that, for all the many species that will be extinct by then.
          Educating a few women in the third world really won’t make all that much difference – and anyway, isn’t is arrogant colonialisation for us to expect women in Africa and Asia to behave like Western women (with their broken families, lonely lives, messed up kids)?

          • Dave

            There is direct correlation between educating women, infant mortality and the slowing of population growth. You can claim it’s ‘highly unlikely’ all you want, it’s a well known fact to numerous bodies and anyone that knows what they’re talking about and has been for years.

          • Eddie

            So now you Dave are saying a future that hasn’t happened yet is a fact because you want it to be so. Brilliant!

            I did NOT deny that there is such a correlation anyway. But it will not reduce numbers by much, and will go against the instincts of tribal primitives who want large families (as many immigrants do in the UK too).

            You do not know what you are talking about and are so damn arrogant to think your plan to educate third world women will save the world. It won’t.
            The left thinks educating women is the magic bullet (guess what – it isn’t). The capitalist right thinks that making everyone capitalist and developed will do the same. It won’t. Black Africans and Asians in London and their kids often have 4,5,6,7,8, children. The only solution is forcible population limits – yet human beings are so selfish that they will breed the human race into disaster before thinking about taking action.
            The world in 100 years will be a horrid place in which to live because of population growth – all large animals extinct, seas empty, forests destroyed – as David Attenborough has stated. I think he knows more than you – the great ‘Dave’ who thinks he can extrapolation predicts the future as fact! Ho ho ho!
            Your theory collapses in the face of facts.

            In a few years the disastrous 7 billion population we have allowd to happen (by giving aid ro over-breeding third world beggars, for example) will double. Maybe a few hundred thousand babies won’t be born because their mothers are educated – though that is rather arrogant colonialisation racist attitude, by the way, and would be seen as such in much of the black and brown continents.

            Look at Population Matters and educated yourself, silly!

          • Victor

            Black and brown continents?
            Let me guess, you’re going to start talking about “deepest, darkest Africa” now and talk about your friend Joseph Conrad too?

            No wonder you’re such a disgusting racist. You’re from the 1890s.

          • Eddie

            Victor – FUCK OFF you self-righteous pompous snotty little cock!
            Fact is – the black and brown continents means the places where overpopulation happens and women have multiple babies each: Africa, Asia and South America. If it were Norway, I might say the blond fairckinned continents.
            Now go kill yourself, you paedo!
            Not a paedo> Never mind,. You called me a racist for expressing a non-racist opinion, so as far as I am concerned, you are a proven child abuser ( am using your logic here – ie no evidence whatseoever).

          • john

            “What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely, idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this blog is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

          • Eddie

            john – why would you think I care what some god-bothering nutter like you thinks? We all know that the churches LOVE Africa dn Asia and South America – people there are so poor, desperate, thick and uneducated that they’ll bow down to do anything the church wants, just like the old days in Europe eh?
            My posts are rational and speak the truth. Maybe that’s why they cause spasms in the usual dullards and dopes here.
            Though it would be nice if some of these twerps could put forward rational responses to my posts, instead of insults.
            But as they don’t, I shall join them: john, FUCK OFF. Have a drink on me (bleach perhaps?)

    • http://twitter.com/CallenFamily Callen

      The medical profession kill a fair few too – at least as many as die from natural disease, if anyone is still allowed to.

    • Eddie

      Yes indeed.

      And perhaps the biggest tragedy is that we allow populations to increase unrestrained in Africa and Asia, and then do not let Nature do what it should do to keep population numbers stable: kill off half the babies born – this in places where women have 4,5 or 6 kids each is NOT a bad thing. Because all that happens when we dogooding Westerners and our medicine save all the little black babies is that 1) the countries hate us for giving them aid; 2) the babies grow up to mother/father several more babies each.

      That is why the world population is now over 7 billion – double what it was in the late 60s. That is why the environment is under so much pressure and many species are nearing extinction. And at least half of all wars are caused by population increase which has caused fighting over scarce resources (water, land, food, minerals, etc). Population control will come naturally is we don;t act.

      Every year is worse than the one before – because the human population keeps on rising to levels that will detroy so much of what makes life worthwhile.
      But I am optimistic – I am absolutely 100% sure that things are going to get a LOT worse.

      Merry Christmas!

      • morskimacek

        What the hell are you going on about? Gates foundation proved that if you stop infant mortality, the growth rate of the population stabilizes. People only have 10 kids if it’s expected that 7 of them will die before they reach 15. Think about that.

        • Eddie

          Nonsense! The population of the world has increased because in Asian and African countries it has quadrupled in the last 40 years – because medical science saves many babies that Nature should kill, frankly.
          You are a typical short-termist. African countries still have 4,5,6,7+ babies per woman – even after all the UN aid and charity billions. The Africans in London behave in the same over-breeding way.
          The Bill Gates foundation would do the world a favour if they sprayed Africa with sterilisation chemicals. What they are doing is immoral and will damage the world badly in the decades to come – when the population will be even double the disastrous 7 billion it is now.
          I would prefer that enough babies died so that the populations of these countries did not rise at all but were stabilised. That is, if you like, being cruel to be kind – a long-term intelligent approach.
          Your facts are wrong and your thinking simplistic, like most people. Me, I’d prefer animal species to survive and populations to be forcibly controlled. Otherwise, the mass populations in future will cause massive disease, starvation and war after war after war (over resources).
          I get sick of religious Americans too (and others) promoting population growth. We all love a cuddly baby – but imagine how overpopulated the world would be if we had no contraception or didn’t use it.

          • Freeflight

            Funny how you don’t even realize all those double-standards you are applying there. You are saying Nature should have it’s way with the poorer populations of Africa and Asia, because it’s all their fault for overpopulating the place.

            Yet you do not even realize that this responsibility falls to every population on this planet. Do you honestly believe that the immense jumps in average Life expectancy in the western world do not also fuel overpopulation? How about we let Nature have it’s way in the western world? No more cancer treatments (shit is expensive), no more palliative care (even more expensive), no more vaccination for the general population, no more special care for elderly who can’t pull their own weight.

            Instead you claim to speak about “facts” while ignoring well established scientific facts. Facts like models of population growth that show a direct correlation between birth rates and living conditions. If a population is living in an harsh and hostile environment, it’s natural reaction is to overpopulate (to compensate for the higher mortality). If the environment is stable and secure, populations usually have an easier time staying on stable and sustainable levels.

            That’s why most western countries have seen a drastic reduction in birth rates over the past few decades, with the negative side-effect of putting the age pyramid on it’s head. A growing population of older people (that get older with every medical breakthrough) has to be supported and cared for by a much smaller part of the population, the newer generations that have far weaker birth rates. That in itself presents another serious problem that also keys into overpopulation.

          • Eddie

            Yes, but the reduction in birth rates which will happen in a VERY limited and slow way with the development of third world countries and giving women control over breeding is but a drop in the ocean to what'[s needed.
            Anyone who thinks either of those is the solution is an idiot.
            You ignore all scientific FACTs – such as the one that the population has doubled in 45 years, and that vast numbers of species are near extinction. You clealry do not realise the scale of the problem in your ignorance.
            The population of post-colonial countries like Kenya has quadrupled in 50 years thanks for medicine and foreign aid. This has caused tribal conflict and the annihilation of species. Soon the babies in Africa you and your sentimentalist mentalist mates want to save and thus quadruple population numbers again will eat their bush meat until the last gorilla is killed and all the great beasts gone from Africa. The blame for that will rest will you and all people who have given aid to Africa and Asia so all the little babies can live.
            The truth often hurts: but the only way to save our world is to stop all foreign aid, to allow nature to kill many babies who are born in countries where women have 5-10 babies each, and thus to halt our man-made apocalypse. If we don’t Nature will do it for us anyway.
            Now, I really do not care if you or anyone else disagrees with me or calls me names. I know I am right – and the future will prove me right too.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1533787308 Russ Ramey

            You are sadly too amusing. The past has not proven you right, experience and history have not proven you right, most of your “facts” have not even been proven right. Science in your case has been politicized to fit a statist/militant environmentalist agenda. Regardless, your nor any other pointed headed committee has the legal, moral, or ethical right to decide for everyone else… You are a primary example of the clear and present danger your thinking poses to the future of humanity. You have always existed, and we shall always oppose you.

          • Daniel

            Palliative care is not more expensive than curative treatments. FAR less, as they use very, very old drugs–not the newest, most expensive stuff. (Been a hospice RN for years.

          • Victor

            You are so idiotic it’s not even funny. So if you’re trolling; it’s not funny.
            First of all, advocating the death of babies is just sick, and you disgust me. Second of all, I can’t help notice you’re an enormous fucking racist. You’re not special just because you’re not black, and thinking you are is just sad. Sorry, but live with your own accomplishments, don’t ride it out on the success of your brilliant not-being-African.

            Anyway, you’re worried about overpopulation. Yeah, overpopulation is a serious issue. However, at current rates we won’t even reach 9 Billion people until 1950, so no, it’ll be a long time before we hit “double our current 7 billion.” Further still, we currently do have enough food for everyone in the world plus livestock, but the majority of that food is being wastefully consumed or else dumped by Western countries. Do you really think that it’s okay to be complicit in the deaths of millions of babies, that it’s okay to forcibly sterilise entire nations, just because John or Mary want another cheeseburger?

            How about this – every time you see someone eating food that they want, but that they don’t need, (just an indulgent snack or something) you subtract the same amount of calories in that snack from your intake that day. Because, assuming you live in the US or the UK, you would starve to death very, very quickly if you did that. This is the current state of the world – overpopulation is a problem worth considering, but it is, currently, manageable, if humanity wanted to manage it.

            Anyway, the Gates foundations reports are both true and valid – not just a short term problem (think about it; during and following the black death in Europe, it was extremely common for families to have upwards of 5 or 6 children; it’s not just an ‘african’s are horny’ problem like you seem to think, it’s just a natural human response to fear of infant mortality) but also prime reasons for having multiple children that’s not related to infant mortality? Education and welfare. The stronger these developing nations become, economically, the better their education systems will be. The better educated they are, the more they’ll realise that their own economies, welfare systems, etc. can’t support multiple children, and also the more they’ll want freedom to work and make money and live more luxurious lives anyway, and birth rates will plummet. It’s exactly what happened across the entire Western world over the past century – people realised that with good education and good jobs, capitalism allows them to live more luxurious lives where they don’t have to rely on their 6 children to take care of them in old age, and what do they do? They decide to make the best of those lives and maybe only have 2 kids.

            This is especially true when it comes to women’s equality, because now women can choose to work rather than stay at home as glorified incubators. So a lot of them choose to work. But you know what allows nations to reach this point where people can live happy lives and women can work? Education, and growing economies. Therefore we should encourage the growth of developing nations, because it will be better for them in the end, as they have a better standard of living, and it will be better for us in the Western nations, because we will no longer have to worry about dramatically increasing populations, being responsible for the deaths of millions of people every year simply through wanting to live luxuriously, and generally all of the stupid ‘white man’s burden’ shit that you think we’d have learned to get over after so many years.

            I could probably go on and on, but I only came to this article to try and feel at least a little good about there world, even if it was wilfully ignorant of certain facts… You however, are the biggest argument against our world being a ‘good’ world that I’ve seen all week.

          • Victor

            One minor correction:
            Won’t reach 9 billion until 2050.
            1950… Damn. Showing my age.

          • Eddie

            That is a prediction – an extrapolation based on present trends. It is NOT a fact!
            I do wish all you self-appointed experts on this would realise that the future and all predictions for it are not true!
            However, we can safely say the following: the population will rise massively amd most major animal species will become extinct because of it. Moreover, there will be many more conflicts over resources – though half the world’s wars at present are caused by limited populations fighting over limited resources.
            Most people will not see a problem with this until it is too late. That is because they are selfish (they want to breed) and stupid: and are thus betraying future generations with their selfish greedy attitudes and behaviours.
            Nature will limit population if we do nothing, so limiting population now is being cruel to be kind if you like, and what any responsible government would do. We do not have responsible governments – we have governments that bribe people to vote for them with massive benefit payments for breeders and overseas aid.
            The left says giving women righst will stop popution growth.
            The right says allowing everyone everywhere to be capitalists until they become just like us and developed will halt it.
            Both are wrong. Populations will conitnue to rise and rise until the world is not worth living in.
            My opinion is exactly the same as David Attenborough’s and many other eminent scientists too – so all the sanctimonious PRATS like you who condemn me, are also condemning them. Your attempt to bully has failed, you disgusting little idiot!
            Advocating the NATURAL death of babies is RESPONSIBLE – or are you one of those catholics who see every sperm as sacred.
            Now fuck off and die – and do the world a favour.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1533787308 Russ Ramey

            We discover new species every year Eddie, most of the world does not have one human being on it. Who decides for them? You? Are you God? Not hardly…we can never let these fools have enough power to force their feckless policies upon everyone else.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1533787308 Russ Ramey

            Eddie makes my point, the pointy headed little statists know best for everyone else. As a country prospers, population stabilizes. Freedom and liberty under the rule of law are the best poverty and disease reduction programs of all. Never, ever trust someone who knows what is better for everyone else than the individual. Again, liberty under the rule of law-not fang and claw anarchy.

      • Sarah

        “save all the little black babies”

        I think Eddie wants to kill all the little black babies, and forcibly sterilise all the little black teenage girls.
        Eddie missed the opportunity to join the SS you see. Because he was born too late and is also a physical and mental weakling so would have been gassed.

        • Eddie

          Predictably, the psyhotic feminist loon turns up. Stalking is a criminal offence now, love – care to ponder that as the big butch wimmin in white coats drag you away eh?
          Shame someone didn’t sterilise your mummy though, innit?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1533787308 Russ Ramey

          Planned Parenthood is full of Eddies, the Nazi’s were full of Eddies, China is still run by “Eddies”, and the UN is absolutely full of Eddies. That should scare the lot of you. Do you trust the “Eddies” of the world to decide for you, your family, your neighbors, your country? Absolutely the most critical discussion of our time. Who decides? Who best knows your needs, dreams, and aspirations? The “Eddies”…?

          • Eddie

            And moral sewers are full of Russes.

            Only morons and the ignorant followers of outdated ideologies (socialism, free marker mania) thin overpopulation is not a problem.

            Let Nature take its course.

            It is IMMORAL to save the lives of babies in Africa so they can grow up and breed the world to death – make all species extinct, destory the environment, and create massive overpopulation which leads to disease, war, starvation, misery.

            The moral high ground is mine, not yours.

          • http://www.facebook.com/hamzah.sultan.9 Hamzah Sultan

            A Hans Rosling virgin, your opinions are outdated.


            “The moral high ground is mine, not yours.”

            I have the factual highground, and I shit on your morals. Keep your morals to yourself.

          • Guest

            “I have the moral highground not you!”

            I have the factual highground, and fuck your morals.

      • MatBastardson

        You know, treating a person as expendable destroys much of what makes life worthwhile for that person. Everything in fact. Who decides who lives and who dies? Well we know none of the “Over-population” zealots are lining up for voluntary extermination, so I guess they will be the ones deciding for the rest of us.

        People who believe the world is overpopulated should lead by example and kill themselves. This would lead to a lower population and you could all save the planet and die heroes.

        Also, I don’t think the environment is under that much “pressure”. How would you know? Been talking to its therapist? The environment has been killing people wholesale since humans emerged on this planet. Heard of Hurricane Sandy? How about Katrina? In fact the environment is the single biggest enemy humanity has got, and must be dominated at all costs.

    • Storm

      Agreed, but war has always facilitated the outbreak of epidemics and pandemics. The 1918 influenza is a good example.

    • AugustineThomas

      Stop it! Those are facts and so we don’t like to hear them in Leftopia!

      (Also wipe from your brains any memory of the fact that technology developed through warfare has been one of the greatest single contributors to the improvement of human health.)

    • joedoakes202

      . . . better knock some serious wood if you seriously believe this article.

    • matt2717

      Excellent comment on a truly dumb article, but don’t forget famine.

    • Mikhail

      Ok Mister Darwin, I guess you do not know that WW2 was small compared to other wars in numbers of deaths!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/whoisjohngalt58 whoisjohngalt

      the current biggest killer of humanity is abortion. in the US 1million babies per year.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Greg-Harris/1165635930 Greg Harris

      “…malaria currently carries off about 2 million a year.”

      Yeah, thank God for Rachel Carson and “Silent Spring”, eh? We WERE winning the war against malaria until she came along.

    • Scrilbert

      Spanish flu killed 50 million.
      WW2 killed 60-78 million

      Get your facts together before you post.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1001841354 Dave Speller

      smallpox has been the biggest killer of people over the long history of humanity. unfortunately, it has not been eradicated as most people think. it will return.

    • http://www.facebook.com/francois.lucet.7 Francois Lucet

      Maleria as kill more people then war, in the last 50 years 320 millions people die ,
      because maleria, wake up!!!!

    • d2lv

      Why does malaria kill so many. The root cause is the banning of use of DDT. Rachel Carson book Silent Spring led to banning of DDT. She is credited with killing more people than anyone without an army. DDT almost eradicated the mosquito, the carrier of malaria. Carson was the first in a long line of environmental wackos.

    • Old School

      I thought “apathy” was!

    • Paul

      You are way off when it comes to malaria. According to WHO the number of deaths from malaria in 2010, the latest year for which they have numbers, the number dying is about 660,000. And the number of deaths is dropping.

    • tcrusamark

      It is pretty well agreed that WW II resulted in over 65
      million deaths, the Flu epidemic of 1918 killed between 20 -40 million

    • slimemold

      I thought it was the malarial mosquito.

    • http://www.marketmentat.com GT

      Without disputing the truth of what you said (that preventable communicable disease is by far the biggest killer of humans), your choice of the Spanish Flu was probably not a good one, since the primary vector by which non-immune populations were exposed to it was…. returning servicemen from WWI, whose demobilisation caused the flu pathogen to breach what would otherwise be natural geographical limitations.

      So the Spanish flu is yet another consequence of the periodic tugs-of-war (and other appendages) between groups of megalomaniacal sociopathic tax-parasites who – to paraphrase the article to make iut more accurate – “highlight [usually chimerical or politicogenic] problems and try to find some way to exploit them to transfer wealth to their cronies”..

  • http://twitter.com/nub Dustin Boyer

    Hey, welcome to the internet, feel like citing some sources with links to prove you’re not just making stuff up?

    • Cynical Sam

      People do that on the Internet? Really?

    • Juan J. Martínez

      The only way you get an outgoing link will be from my cold dead hands :)

    • Some guy

      Give him two days – at least enough time to catch up to when this is posted!

    • Mikee

      Still having trouble figuring out how to Google things?

    • http://twitter.com/tomdaylight tomdaylight

      This is a magazine leader – have you ever seen a magazine article with source links or references? (Not to say it wouldn’t be welcome, mind.)

    • Matthew Whitehouse

      Feel like expressing an opinion? What do you actually think of this article or are you just moaning about what other people say without actually saying anything yourself… How useful you are.

    • arklington

      Hey, welcome to journalism. This is how things used to look before the bottom half of the internet got clogged up with ad homi-men.

  • Jóhannes Gunnar Þorsteinsson

    Lovely writeup, although sadly lacking sources.
    One source I personally can think about is Steven Pinker but if I remember correctly he showcased in one of his books (or was it a ted talk? or both?, someone care to link us up with the source as I can’t remember exactly where I saw this) that global violence has never been so low and has been steadily decreasing throughout the last hundreds of years.

    • http://voyager3.tumblr.com/ Brendan

      You’re probably thinking of his enormous book, ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’: http://www.amazon.com/Better-Angels-Our-Nature-Violence/dp/0143122010/

      And you’re right, he did a talk at Ted: http://youtu.be/ramBFRt1Uzk

      • Jóhannes Gunnar Þorsteinsson

        yes! that’s the book/ted talk I was thinking about. Thank you very much!

        • http://voyager3.tumblr.com/ Brendan

          No worries. The book is incredibly well researched and he is extremely convincing. But it’s just so… big. I understand he probably wanted to overwhelm people with the amount of evidence out there, but it was too large for me to make much headway into.

    • shirtbloke

      There’s a good interview with Pinker about this – with lots of graphs for those that like these things – over at The Edge. Well worth a read.


    • http://francojtorres.com/ Franco J. Torres

      Steven Pinker’s tweet brought me here. That means he at least read the post.

  • truetone

    Agreed. Citations needed. Maybe starting with an author’s name.

    • Charles

      It is a leading article from a magazine, reposted on the site on the day of publication. No magazine would heavily cite their articles (New Statesmen, The Economist etc) and no leading articles are attributed (The Times, The Telegraph etc). So why oh why would you expect names and citations?

      • truetone

        So we can verify extraordinary claims. Appeal to authority is a logical fallacy. Why should I except the claims as true without evidence?

        • http://www.facebook.com/fraser.nelson.9 Fraser Nelson

          Google can help test a fact that sounds suspicious

          • truetone

            That seems like a horrible journalistic standard.

        • nitpicker

          I would think you’d be more worried about learning the difference between except and accept.

          • truetone

            I’m worried enough about it to edit it once it’s pointed out. Thanks for the (somewhat snarky) head’s up.

          • haha

            Troll FAIL. He used it correctly. haha.

          • *facepalm*

            The original post was edited. The only fail is your own.

  • mark

    christmas will be challenging? are you kidding me?

    it’s like santa’s balls exploded on oxford st today

  • GaryEssex

    Or Britain will be as poor as Bangladesh is now, which is the more probable.

  • Hitler Of Arabia

    This is bullshit, why don’t you lay off the weed or cocaine or whatever it is you are taking and look at the real world? This year was full of terrible shit and much suffering. I hate people like you because you would rather brush the problems under the carpet than see the truth.

    • Thief crucified beside Jesus

      You need a hug, my friend. You need a hug.

    • Horselover Fat

      Awful things have always happened. It’s just that right now, there is less of it as a proportion of humanity as a whole than at any other time.

    • Herbie4c

      Sounds like you could use a good joint.

  • http://voyager3.tumblr.com/ Brendan

    Yes, you mention the slight reduction in emissions from the developed world, but you gloss over the rise of the middle class in India and China fueled by coal and oil. They rightly point their fingers at us, complaining that we’ve burned more than our fair share over the past century. And four percent of a reduction is still 96% of emissions released into the climate system. Emissions that will continue to warm our planet for the next century.

    The permafrost is thawing at a rapid rate, releasing huge amounts of methane that could push us past some irreversible tipping points. Oceans are acidifying. Glaciers are retreating. I really do hope that the Climate Crisis ultimately becomes the Cold War of my generation, but time is rapidly running out if we want to stabilize the climate system.

    This is the battle of our age. The great achievements you listed above will be for naught if we fail to pull together on this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/osiris.fox Osiris Fox

      We can do nothing about climate change except to try and survive it. Yes it is happening and we are certainly contributing to a predetermined direction, but, we are not the motivators of it. The earth weather system will adjust, and will run it’s course and do what it’s going to do regardless of what us puny humans do (this happens over thousands of years). Please do note though, I fully support our efforts to become environmentally neutral and do away with unnecessary pollution and so on. This fixation on it by the west is simply this, employment creation within the knowledge (and service) industry to help us buffer our ailing manufacturing and industrial industries.

      And by the way, global warming is not an apocalyptic event. Many plants and species thrive in warmer weather. Yes there will be mast extinctions of evolutionary specialists, but that has been going on since well… forever and other animals eventually step in to fill the voids.

  • Toby Downton

    It’s good to see an article like this in the Spectator. If people are interested, the best book on this subject (that I’ve actually read) is Abundance by Peter Diamandis (the guy behind the Ansari X Prize (which culminated in a non-governmental spaceship successfully launching). There truly has been no better time to be alive, even if millions are still suffering each day. Let’s work together to change that; you can start by reading his (excellent) book:


    • Fraser Nelson

      other books: In Defence of Global Capitalism by Johan Norberg and The Improving State of the World by Indur M. Goklany

      • global city

        Tsk…. I was just about to put a link to that book up. I will make a link to this one instead,


        to assure the likes of jothiratnam that things really are getting better, dispaie the watermelons and shrowd wavers having a virtual monopoly of the headlines!

        Merry Christmas to all… here’s to a positive 2013

  • MidwestHusk

    A generation is growing up that knows little of war? This is a load of bullshit.

    In the US any kid born from 2001 on has never known a time without an ongoing war. For any kid in the US born from 1990 on, there have been maybe a few short years where the US wasn’t involved in some conflict or another. For military kids, tell them that there has been little war and conflict. My roommate in college is an Air Force brat, and his parents were both 20+ years in the Air Force. One was deployed to over 10 different conflicts, the other was involved in 7…most of this over the course of the past 20 or so years.

    So don’t generalize and say that this generation knows nothing of war, because in the US, it’s what we have grown up with…seeing friends and family members deploy overseas, many times not to come back, or to come back injured or psychologically broken.

    • Horselover Fat

      We are living in the most peaceful time in all of human history. Sorry, but your anecdotes prove nothing – on the whole, most kids growing up today have never experienced the first-hand effects of war.

      • Christian

        Anecdotes prove a lot, think for yourself just for once instead if repeating what youve been told.

        • Chris Sherlock

          Anecdotes are mere that: anecdotes. There are indeed more kids who haven’t experienced first hand the effects if war than there are kids who have experienced war.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Walser/100000639217692 Steve Walser

      Not really “war”, we used to call such small engagements “police actions” or the like. Iraq, after all, was no more costly as a percentage of GDP than the conflict the US had in the Philippines around the turn of the century and not many would think of that as much of a war.

      Yes, the US has engaged in some serious little fights but nothing that engaged all our resources as war is commonly thought to do.

    • arklington

      1968 was the bloodiest year for US troops during the Vietnam War. In that year there were over 16,000 fatalities, many of them conscripts; that’s over 40 a day, and that was less than fifty years ago. Heart-wrenching though it might be to see the loss of combatants today, it is a perfectly valid assertion to make, because there are a generation of people who cannot conceive of what it means to lose so many young people on such a scale in such a short period of time, and for so little.

  • stupocalypto

    quite sweet you are so optimistic, but just because things aren’t as bad as they could be, doesn’t make things good.

  • ZBzacbrown

    Except that “fracking” is a poisonous, non-economically-viable, non-ecologically-viable, destructive, and overly resource consumptive process wherein extremely hazardous chemicals are injected directly into the ground and then are only partially reclaimed (with that which is reclaimed being done so with little or no oversight and regulation, then being stored in under-regulated facilities) which has been shown to not only cause short- and long-term negative health effects on those living nearby, but also to cause dangerous events such as water igniting or even exploding in the homes of those people. http://www.propublica.org/series/fracking

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Walser/100000639217692 Steve Walser

      You, and Propublica, are environmental ignoramuses!! 99.9% of what is injected is sand and water and the remaining 0.1% is not “highly toxic” as much of it is sodium chloride (salt)! As for not being “economically viable” how do you explain that companies that perform this function have created millions of high paying jobs and enriched whole states in the US all while operating without government subsidy but by selling their products on the open market?

      You know nothing about what you are talking about but are merely spouting propaganda spread by radical environmental doomsayers who oppose all human resource extraction.

      • ZBzacbrown

        Sorry but I’ve actually done quite a lot of research into the process. Methane is used as well as various other chemicals (which are often not subject to disclosure). Also, the fracking process uses massive amounts of fresh water which is typically drawn from local sources such as lakes and then made toxic (thus depleting the lake or other water source). Also, there is a lot of really heavy equipment that is necessary to complete the process, all of that equipment adds a lot of additional wear to local roads and bridges, not to mention the additional noise pollution. What typically happens is that land is purchased from economically impoverished people or the land is purchased in a sort of hostile takeover of land by the energy company. It really is a dreadful process and I suggest you try reading (I’m guessing that’s hard for you) before you assume you know what you’re talking about.

        As for the “millions of high paying jobs” please show me some statistics of how long those jobs last, how many -new- jobs were created (as in, people who were out of work were given a job, not just people who moved from one site to another) and, also, what exactly your definition of “high paying” is versus your understanding of the cost of living in the states (this will require a chart or some such instrument).

        • mikewaller

          My mind remains to be made up on this topic, so Steve,it’s over to you!

          • Somebody42

            As is mine.

            It’s a complicated subject. It can be done safely, but we’re not there yet as a country in policing it. I get to attend some pretty high level functions side by side with representatives of the EPA, DEP, & OSHA. The A) don’t have the manpower, B) the knowledge, and C) the funding to make sure things are being done correctly.

            Politics make it even scarier. “What? It generates $ and jobs for my constituents and they’ll take me out to dinner? Why bother looking into it? I’m for drilling ANYTHING.”

        • Somebody42

          I’ve got some problems with the sources of your “research”. Please read this and keep an open mind. It’s based on ~7 years of working in the oil & gas industry, mostly doing “Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring” work using seismic data. AKA… Directly monitoring exactly where this sand, water, and chemicals are going underground.

          You mentioned methane. The areas being frac’d underground contain methane… as well as “various other chemicals”. So it doesn’t frighten me to pump methane into a methane filled reservoir underground. It’s been on this Earth longer than we have. Ok… Yes, some other scary things are being pumped into the ground. Just keep in mind that they’re being pumped directly into rock formations usually > 1mile underground that contain some very scary things already. Hydrocarbons are no joke. There’s also Hydrogen Sulfide and God knows what else. Is it a perfect scenario, no. But tell me it’s not better than the world burning coal and oil until we can make a cleaner energy source more realistic.

          Fracing is just being seen as the face of the monster by people who don’t really know what they’re talking about. The same type of people that assume that reading is hard for people with a different viewpoint.

          I believe who you’re trying to go after is anyone actually “drilling”. I’m not scared of fracing wells, I’m scared of drilling them in the first place. This is the time we’re coming in contact with our water table. This is the part where there have been too many mistakes that cause irreversible damage. Fracing has nothing to do with this. Short cuts in isolating our ground water while drilling is where we end up with people with flammable wells on their property. But you’re educated and well researched, I’m telling you nothing new.

          And don’t give me the tears about leasing land and ask for proof on the positive effects on jobs and economies. You want statistics, keep doing your research and go find them for yourself. Start with Pennsylvania and how they fared during the gas boom & simultaneous global economic crash. I can give you at least 30 names of local people that have more than doubled their income by entering new jobs related with drilling in the area. Average incomes around $75k. That’s pretty good and above average in the area. And there is an endless supply of people willing to lease their land that are making considerable more than $75k / yr.

          You can’t hide behind your computer and argue that “fracing is bad” when it’s much more complicated than you understand.

          There are hazards associated with fracing just like every other major source of energy our race has discovered (ignoring wind and solar, which can’t currently sustain us). Is drilling something I hope we can get away from… yes. Is it the best option we have available now… yup. Don’t try to sound informed after watching Gasland.

          • spyder

            If fracking is safer than drilling for oil, then explain to me about what’s going on in Louisiana? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2186880/Louisiana-sinkhole-Enormous-400ft-deep-hole-swallows-100ft-tall-trees-raises-concerns-explosions.html

          • ZBzacbrown

            First, I’ve never seen “Gasland” because most documentaries are inflammatory garbage. Moving on, I don’t think people can’t read because they have different points of view, I think they can’t read because they don’t do it. For instance, I find the fact that you offer anecdotal evidence regarding the monetary situation of landowners to be particularly telling. A few lucky people isn’t a statistically relevant sample. An average income of 75K doesn’t give us any statistical information what so ever. What are the jobs of those people? Geological engineers and scientists? What about the workers being exposed to the chemicals? What about the state employees who have to work extra hard to maintain the roads and bridges that the (very) heavy equipment travels over? The process of fracing is extremely complex and the laws haven’t really caught up yet. Here’s a short article explaining it in brief (http://www.pipelineandgasjournal.com/shale-play-litigation-study-various-risks). Further, the recovered material has to go somewhere and there are a lot of nasty things that come out in the water. Some more mildly informative information can be found here (https://prospect.org/article/drill-maybe-drill-0). And if you’re not worried about methane, you should be (http://www.catskillcitizens.org/learnmore/ReplytoSabaandOrzechowskiandSchon.pdf). Like I said, I’ve done a lot of research into fracing. Both because there is proposed fracing legislation in my home state and because it’s an extremely interesting topic from an engineering standpoint and from a risk communications standpoint (a lot of my graduate work has been in risk communications – that isn’t about trying to scare people, it’s about helping people make informed decisions). So, while your arguments are seemingly informed, I believe they are misguided (perhaps due to a financial interest in fracing being used, as it was or is a part of your livelihood).

    • MatBastardson

      Hey, it gets even worse. Did you know that the water you drink every day is composed of two well-known components of ROCKET FUEL?! You’re a fear-monger. For all the predictions of you doomsayers, the average lifespan for us humans keeps going up and up and up. We now live far longer than people did when we had never even heard of fossil fuels. Have a cookie and quit yer bitchin’. You’ll feel better. Or at least I will.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Krasnansky James Krasnansky

    fracking is amazing, in the sense that it is amazing that WE Americans are allowing it to happen at all. I think it is the worst thing to come out of the past few years as far as energy resource management.

    • http://www.facebook.com/KingAdamo Adam Elijah Vanderlip

      Are you kidding? From a country that gets such a huge percentage of its energy from Coal, the United States would be crazy not to explore fracking as much as humanly possible. The United States has just posted its lowest CO2 emissions in 20 years (http://news.yahoo.com/ap-impact-co2-emissions-us-drop-20-low-174616030–finance.html) because of fracking and you want to stop? What are you, a Koch Employee? The US could easily achieve and even beat the Kyoto protocol limits if they switched entirely to fracking based natural gas.

  • Bob

    Wow you championed fracking as something that gives us energy abundance. You are so uninformed that it’s sad.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fraser.nelson.9 Fraser Nelson

      IEA too, then

  • William Blakes Ghost

    Someone give me a bucket! If Nelson thinks this rah rah cheerleader nonsense improves the credibility of the Spectator he’s clearly been at the Xmas foolade a wee bit too much…….

  • JonFrum

    So much anger in the comments. “But things ARE terrible – REALLY!!!” If you really need citations – as if you’d follow the inks and actually read them – try Google, you lazy sods. But of course, it’s simpler than that. Tens of millions have been lifted out of grinding rural poverty in China. The number of automobiles being sold every day will stand in as a measure of that fact. There are no major wars going on that affect any of us, and what military actions that are going on are local and small scale. Our family and friends are not dying in the streets of infectious diseases. And with fracking breaking the back of the ‘peak energy’ loons, reliable energy for decades is at hand.

    But in spite of it all, the miserable will be miserable. Their disease is incurable.

    • Smithersjones1

      And that makes it ‘the greatest year in the history of the world’?

    • mikewaller

      I remember hearing the Oxford Psychologist, Michael Argyle, say that repeated studies had shown that depressives usually have a better grip on reality than do non-depressives: For example, the depressives accounts of how they are perceived by significant others are far closer to the perceptions reported by the significant others than those of non-depressives. As, in my view, depression is distinctly mal-adaptive at the level of the individual, it looks like cock-eyed optimism increases individual fitness. Put at its starkest, a cold-eyed appreciation that you are but one of 7 billion plus others, born into a world in which you are obliged to compete relentlessly for scarce resources during a lifetime the purpose of which remains unclear if not self-evidently pointless, does not tend to make you happy and well motivated.

      I also note that elsewhere Pinker has accepted that our sense that “consciousness” is running the whole show, is almost certainly illusory. It seems to me to follow from this that our basic drives remain those that propelled us out of the primeval swamp, it must, therefore, be external factors to have brought about the global reduction in violence. My money is on atomic weaponry and missile technology as these in combination have the wonderful quality of making would-be global war leaders understand that they are as likely to be casualties as are the poor bloody infantry.

  • Smithersjones1

    but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world

    How dismissive of the earth’s history, let alone human history could the author be? It never stops amazing me the self-absorbed arrogance of a certain faction of humanity. Here we are an animal that has only existed to our knowledge for the last 200,000 years and as far as we know has only had anything more than rudimentary communication skills for at most 5,000 of those years when the planet we exist on is estmated to be £4.5 billion years old and yet some idiot declares that it is this last year, 2012, that is’ the greatest year in the history of the world’. Priceless

    Will he next year declare the achievements of humanity to be the greatest achievements in the history of the universe?

    Anyway, personally, I’d actually go for the year when life was first created out of the primordial ooze as possibly ‘the greatest year in the history of the world’ but that’s neither here nor there. I realise we are now heading into the festive silly season but I do hope we are not going to have any more of these complacent self congratulatory pieces of ridiculous species back slapping!

    PS I note he didn’t mention how much of the natural world the contagion of humanity has destroyed this year? I suppose it didn’t really fit the purile rah-rah cheerleader narrative of this piece now did it?

    • nitpicker

      “rudimentary communication skills for at most 5,000 of those years”

      Not true. Humans demonstrated a fairly high level of organization by at least 10,000 years ago when Jericho and Catal Huyuk were inhabited. That level of organization requires more than rudimentary communication. Just because there’s no *written* extant communication doesn’t mean that communication as a whole was poor.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502779217 John Devlin

      You have to read the headline in the context of the column, and the column’s clearly not directed toward the entire history of the planet, let alone the universe.

      What it’s saying is that this is the best time in history to be alive, as a human. I’m not certain that’s a reasonably debateable proposition. Hunger, poverty, disease, and war are still with us, but far less so (especially the first three) than at any other time in history.

    • H McCallum

      We should thank you for providing such a good example of the vicious misanthropy that powers green “thought” and emotion. The propagandist organisations (Greenpeace, WWF, FOE, et al.) work hard to conceal it: but it’s there, in all their statements and all their actions.

      The rancid nihilism of the greens – and their fervent enthusiasm for infecting children with the same – is (IMHO) the single greatest problem (amongst many) we face as a civilisation.

    • DingDingDong

      Sorry, but in the “silly season” of your response, you mentioned that “the greatest year in the history of the world” was “the year when life was first created…” – but then you go on to refer “…the contagion of humanity…” So which is it…the greatest year in the history of the world, or a contagion?

      Ants “destroy” the ground…as do worms. Elk and deer “destroy” trees, ground, vegitation, etc. Humanity is the SINGULAR category which actually tries to REPAIR damages caused by them. What a terrible contagion! You might want to see a doctor about that!

      By the way – when you look at humanity as a contagion, that puts you in the same boat as the unibomber, and these kooks that turn into mass-murderers. You might want to re-evaluate your views just a bit.

  • CallyK

    Some things in life are bad
    They can really make you mad
    Other things just make you swear and curse
    When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
    Don’t grumble, give a whistle
    And this’ll help things turn out for the best

    Always look on the bright side of life (whistle)
    Always look on the light side of life (whistle)
    If life seems jolly rotten
    There’s something you’ve forgotten
    And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing

    When you’re feeling in the dumps
    Don’t be silly chumps
    Just purse your lips and whistle – that’s the thing

    Always look on the bright side of life… (whistle)
    Come on!
    Always look on the bright side of life… (whistle)

    For life is quite absurd
    And death’s the final word
    You must always face the curtain with a bow
    Forget about your sin – give the audience a grin
    Enjoy it – it’s your last chance anyhow

    So always look on the bright side of death (whistle)
    Just before you draw your terminal breath (whistle)
    Life’s a piece of shit
    When you look at it

    Life’s a laugh and death’s a joke, it’s true
    You’ll see it’s all a show
    Keep ’em laughing as you go
    Just remember that the last laugh is on you

    And always look on the bright side of life
    Always look on the right side of life (whistle)
    Always look on the bright side of life (whistle)
    Always look on the bright side of life (whistle)

  • William Blakes Ghost

    Has national morale ever been as strong as it was during the Jubilee and the Olympics?

    Ever heard of Dunkirk evacuation or VE Day? I think the national morale might have surpassed that of this year? Hell the attitude of the nation throughout the five years (as opposed to a few weeks) of World War II I think might be a candidate that leaves this years outpourings of nationalism standing at the start. I’m sure there have been plenty of other times as well. 1966 would have been another.

    In anycase national morale can’t be that good because less than 30% of those living in England and Wales in 2011 considered themselves British and I doubt that many changed their minds as a result of a couple of handfuls of medals and a few parties…….

  • JackieV

    Fracking is fucking retarded, you stupid fuck.

  • http://twitter.com/bbcgoogle Rockin Ron

    The greatest year was either when Jesus was born or when he died and was resurrected. End of.

    • Fraser Nelson

      So your perfect year is when carpenters routinely married 14-year-old girls, kings ordered slaughters of the first born and it took a miracle to feed 5,000 people?

  • JackieV

    This is written in the future? Take this down immediately or cite credible sources, douchebag. Fuck this.

  • James James

    “The average life expectancy in Africa reached 55 this year. Ten years ago, it was 50.”

    In the 1970s/1980s it was about 63. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1814609.stm

    • DaveHolden

      Ha ha – I already posted a reference to “1984” – “Choco Rations are Going UP!”

  • http://twitter.com/LeMackPlus Mack

    Well, not if you’re portuguese or greek.

  • Jothiratnam

    No real discussion of global warming then; nor of the human population explosion? How about the threat of extinction many species face?

    • Knowles2

      We are talking about this year only, then yes he correct. An yes he did mention how fast all the progress we have made over the last 20 years can go down the drain.

      An yes population, global warming, extinction may be the hand that pulls the plug but specifically talking about this year then the author is correct and next year may be an even better year, as conflicts in middle east, Somalia, Afghanistan decrease, vaccinations programmes continue to eliminate diseases and 3rd world countries continue to grow. An we may always live in fear that someone may pull the plug that send us backwards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daryl-Stafford/1361026536 Daryl Stafford

    It is pleasant to read something positive for a change!

  • http://twitter.com/EcoLabs EcoLabs

    The statement ‘fossil fuel consumption in those countries fell by 4 per cent’ is entirely untrue and extraordinarily irresponsible. As someone with a doctorate in environmental communication and who spent one day this week at the ‘Energy Security in a Multipolar World’ conference at the Royal Society – I can assure you that the claim made in this article about decreasing fossil fuel consumption is false. It was not reported because those who understand the issues involved with energy – you will know it is not true. Who wrote this article and is taking responsibility for these supposed facts? The Spectator has a responsibility to fact check and provide creditable references to these kinds of statement. I will explore options to complain about this misinformation you are peddling if it is not retracted immediately.

    • Knowles2

      An yet you, yourself, do not provide any reference to show it untrue and extraordinarily irresponsible.

    • Crutch

      A doctorate in “Environmental Communication”? LOL-You are kidding correct? I hope so! If not, you are the PERFECT example of the waste in our society. Do something useful and productive for society. Become a plumber or a farmer or a carpenter-seriously. Any college who gives out a Doctorate like yours is not worth a lick. Any idiot who actually wants this type of education is worth even less. When your lights go out and your heat goes off we will see how far that doctorate takes you….. I’ll bet you insist on everyone calling you “doctor” as well!!! When you can cure patients, prescribe medicine, and perform surgery THEN I’ll call you a doctor….until then you are nothing more than a wannabe with a worthless piece of paper who demands respect for your education versus actually earning respect for what you have done. Waste.

  • Matthew Whitehouse

    Want to cheer yourself up?… Compare your country to where your country was previous… always looks good.

    Want the truth?… Compare your country to other countries

  • Eric

    Excellent article.

    As others on this thread have said, anyone who questions whether this era is the most peaceful in history ought to read Steven Pinker’s ‘The Better Angels of our Nature: The Decline of Violence’. It is very persuasive. And he backs up all his arguments with empirical evidence, not just conjecture and anecdotes.

    It is very easy to view the world through jaded eyes if ones reads the news every day – “violence at record low” is not a popular headline. But the facts suggest that we (the world population, not just the West) are indeed living in a surprisingly peaceful, prosperous and healthy era. Clearly there are problems, and at no point does the Speccie suggest there aren’t, but there is a clear trend towards peace and prosperity.

    • Knowles2

      An the problems we do have are all being tackled, some successfully some less so.

    • Raman_Indian123

      In which case why the need for the article? If things are so fine?

      • Eric

        Things aren’t ‘fine’, they’re just better than they have been.

  • trader1

    Libya. Syria anybody?

  • Iain Sanders

    I’ve rarely seen such mischievous, dishonest rubbish in my life. Few deaths from wars? Ever heard of Mexico’s War on Drugs? C. 50,000 dead in 6 years, many tortured to death, thousands more maimed & no end in sight – to quote just one small figure censored out.. Christmas Euphoria’s all very well but let’s not get daft, eh?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502779217 John Devlin

      The column says the rate’s low (in historical context), not that it’s zero.

      I’m not certain that I agree with everything expressed in the above, but this is certainly a better time to be alive than 1450. Or 1900, for that matter.

    • Fraser Nelson

      The piece says “fewer war deaths in the last decade than any time in the last century” which I assume you don’t dispute. I hear what you say about the six-year Mexican death toll, but there were 50,000 casualties in the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

  • http://twitter.com/cafe_portico SipperSal

    You’d have to be living in a sad little bubble to buy this article! really! I saw better stuff at the bottom of the bowl this morning! Pick up a newspaper or take a hike.

  • Jesus Devesa

    Don’t take anything for granted.

  • Kumar

    Russia under Stalin also reached a peak of prosperity. That did not mean his system was the best nor that it was sustainable.
    You have forgotten the little word “sustainable”, have you not? Is gross inequality sustainable?
    Mull it fior yourself. I am too lazy to spell it out for you.

    • Fraser Nelson

      There has never been less global inequality than now. Proof: http://cid.bcrp.gob.pe/biblio/Papers/NBER/2009/Octubre/w15433.pdf

      • Raman_Indian123

        Fraser Nelson, use some common sense. Grotesque inequality is becoming the rule even in Western societies today, let alone in places like China and India. Inequality means greater power for the haves.
        Besides, its a simple logical fallacy to claim that because things are better than before they are acceptable. Stalin did more for Russian healthcare than the Tsars. Was he therefore acceptable? The British used to tell Indians Timur the Lame’s rule was worse than theirs. It cut no ice, though it was true.
        Moreover, though no-one doubts historical progress, we still need to ask WHY progress happens. Because people fight the rich and powerful.

      • Raman_Indian123

        Mr Nelson, yours is the Marie Antoinette philosophy of history. It is dangerously misleading and the guillotine stands at the end of it. For the rich, life is always pleasant and the rest can just suffer contentedly because it was even worse before. The rest do not see things the same way, hence human progress.

  • Kumar

    The twentieth century was BY FAR the most prosperous manknd ever knew.
    Did that mean it was peaceful?
    Enough said.

  • Kumar

    You bray:

    “Why 2012 was the best year ever

    Never in the history of the world has there been less hunger, less disease and more prosperity”

    The same could be said for almost any year since the Industrial Revolution began – barrind depressions and world wars.


    This is the rich man’s view of history, and leads to the guillotine.

  • Trofim

    There’s a lot to be said for optimism. It cheers the world up and makes for a better future. Optimism is characteristic of certain professions. Bankers are thrusting, optimistic people, and you’ve never heard of a banker making a dubious decision, have you. The future is bright and rosy and lovely, prosperity piled upon prosperity is our future, and prosperous people are happy people. I see one long undending orgasmic orgy of prosperity. I can’t wait.

  • TobySaunders

    I almost shared this story until I saw that bit of Christian propaganda at the end there. Shame.

  • JimmTommJo

    Dude that makes a ll kinds of crazy sense to me dude.


  • http://www.facebook.com/snoozeri.lostio Snoozeri Lostio
  • CK.

    Buying small plastic toys from China is reversing poverty? Lies. All lies. Theyre just reporting less.

  • Raman

    You are harping on an old tune. Gibbon claimed in the eighteenth century that things were never better. No doubt the claim was true for both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

  • Jared

    You say that this is evidence of the success of capitalism but you fail to mention the enormous goveenment envolvement through out the world. From contrception programs in Africa. To Chinese One child policy. To US government developmemt of Fracking you conventintyl failed to mention… to us goverment loans to GM to deveope the Volt; to Tesla to build the Model S and roadster and ountless other green anitiatives and government funded start ups. Where priate capital said “No, your too Risky.” Goernments said “Yes.” The word economy is a mixed economy.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZS6X2A6QLYQRPGSICXV4UVDL4I Lifted

    fuck peace we want war

  • http://twitter.com/OnyxMinistry Onyx Ministry

    I believe we are getting more prosperous but our morality is going down the doldrums. The chicken may soon come home to roost.

  • johnsmith

    Who needs mountaintops? Lets keep fracking away so we can keep making and buying useless stuff. This article is dangerously stupid.

  • http://www.chrisjeub.com/ Chris Jeub

    This is an excellent article. Thanks for taking the time to pull these reminders together and give hope. Fear is a choice, and you’re choosing to plow past it.

    • Raman_Indian123

      Fear of poverty and misery? Fear that social conditions are declining? Just tell us.

    • GHZSD

      The article is all Onion as far as I can tell. This HAD to be jest?

  • platypusmusic

    Never in history has there been more lies, a higher concentration of wealth and more resolute control of the information and top-down communication

    >Never has there been less hunger,

    I don’t see the evidence in statistics at least not in absolute numbers, but we can see a dramatic food price explosion in recent years as the effect of massive overpopulation kick in really bad.

    >less disease

    I must have missed the news about wiping out aids, etc.

    >or more prosperity.

    Not sure has this is defined. If you mean that more people made the jump above the ridiculous 1$ poverty line, it’s called inflation!!!

    In fact the definitions of prosperity are a bit sketchy, and in this case def. not with a sustainable economy in mind. In an overpopulated world with an unsustainable economy our past generation lived on our cost and we live on cost of our future lives and the lives of future generations to come. Call it robbery.

    >And global inequality? This, too, is lower now than any point in modern times. Globalisation means the world’s not just getting richer, but fairer too.

    There has probably never been a time in history where wealth was more concentrated than now.

    >Buying cheap plastic toys made in China really is helping to make poverty history.

    not really. wealth distribution has little to do with where you produce. i haven’t heard of easing poverty in let’s say Bangladesh thanks to textile manufactures that moves there to escape “expensive” countries like china. The current system is based on exploitation of the working, so the more work the more the worker is exploited.

    >The doom-mongers will tell you that we cannot sustain worldwide economic growth without ruining our environment. But while the rich world’s economies grew by 6 per cent over the last seven years, fossil fuel consumption in those countries fell by 4 per cent.

    If you outsource stinky production to countries with lower standards don’t you dare to bring that shit up as progress in the west.

    >And what about the concerns that the oil would run out? The amazing breakthroughs in ‘fracking’ technology mean that, in spite of the world’s escalating population — from one billion to seven billion over the last two centuries — we live in an age of energy abundance.

    Everything comes at a price and there is a reason why fracking only developed recently, because it destroys the surrounding land and especially the water systems. Also if there were an energy abundance we’d see dropping prices across the board. Clearly that’s not the case, the opposite is true and that’s the reason for the beginning of fracking now.

    >Advances in medicine and technology mean that people across the world are living longer. The average life expectancy in Africa reached 55 this year. Ten years ago, it was 50.

    oh really? and what was the life expectancy before it was 50? Yes life expectancy was higher in Africa before.

    >As developing countries become richer, we can expect the death toll from natural disasters to diminish — and the same UN extrapolations that predict such threatening sea-level rises for Bangladesh also say that, in two or three generations’ time, it will be as rich as Britain.

    Well not as rich, but as poor, as all the shitty labor and shitty production will have been transferred to the places with the worst living conditions. so yes there we will see equality not in richness, but equality in poverty.

    >War has historically been humanity’s biggest killer.

    Nah. Diseases have been number one killer.

    >The Peace Research Institute in Oslo says there have been fewer war deaths in the last decade than any time in the last century. Whether we are living through an anomalous period of peace, or whether the risk of nuclear apocalypse has proved an effective deterrent, mankind seems no longer to be its own worst enemy.

    Yes there is less war (symmetry conflict), simply because the US is ruling the planet and you can’t match its power. It bulldozes countries together with its allies like Yugoslavia, like Iraq in no time. Military dominance in the war against Yugoslavia in 1999 was 300 fold!!!! so yeah big progress. there will be less war. but there be more of unsymmetric warfare aka terrorism or if its in the interest of the pax americana “freedom fighting”.

    >Germany was perhaps the most civilised nation in the world in the 1920s.

    Now it’s enough with the bs. please. Germany in 1920s was constant class war on the streets till hitler was given power by the corporations.

    >Christmas in Britain will not be without its challenges: costs are rising (although many children will give quiet thanks for the 70 per cent increase in the price of Brussels sprouts)

    oh i liked Brussels sprouts as a kind. don’t tell me what i like or not.

    I guess the autho isn’t really proud of this shit and that’s why (s)he goes incognito.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.doe.7140497 Jon Doe

    Billions of people still live on less than a dollar a day. They lack three basic needs for human being food, shelter, and water. Water is most precious gift of life and it is most limited resource we have and making sure plants and animals excluding largest animal group humans have enough to share among themselves is a fantasy.

    • Fraser Nelson

      Never has a lower percentage of the world’s population lived on the equivalent of a dollar a day

      • mikewaller

        Does that allow for reductions in the dollar’s value? And what about the actual numbers?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DCAIXVOIZSZTMSINRIQPKPDW7Y JWFitz

    What world are these people living in. The past four years in general have been horrible. Prosperity? Who? Where? Higher unemployment rate, lower wages on average, lower quality of jobs, companies shutting down in the light of four more years of the same (mr. obama).

  • Heftyeffinfee

    Easy there with the fracking. It uses a proprietary cocktail of chemicals that is shot directly into the ground to basically “explode” the natural gas loose. We’re basically injecting toxic materials DIRECTLY into the water table, but you know, Big Oil (increasingly becoming Big Gas) won’t tell you that.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KNLNLVF3LXWHCBAINHSCDTCG2M Ed Thesled

      Please do a little research. Your statements are completely incorrect, as has been show in any number a locations where fracking is being used safely and effectively.

    • Crutch

      Exactly WHERE do you think the “water table” resides Einstein? Let’s see, anywhere from a few feet near a water source to a few hundred feet otherwise. On the other hand the fracking you are whining about takes place several thousand feet below the surface in almost every case. Oil companies employ people who actually DRINK water to stay alive so they are careful about it. Meanwhile Liberals like you who create nothing, build nothing, and know nothing, comment on everything…….proving your ignorance daily. Thanks….for nothing!

  • Jake

    True story.

  • Tony

    The fact that the author mentioned fracking in any sort of positive sense tarnished the credibility of this article. Fracking is not “amazing”, it is deadly poisonous and wasteful – if you are looking for new energy sources for now and the future, look elsewhere. All credible research shows that hydraulic fracturing is absolutely horrible for the environment and is completely unsustainable. New York State is currently in a battle against allowing fracking to take place on its soil. The number one argument in favor of fracking is the promise of an economical energy source, however, this is flawed as this argument fails to consider any of the real long-term economic disadvantages fracking would introduce, such as a very near future where the local environment is destroyed/poisoned (which can only lead to hosts of other problems) and fresh drinking water becomes even more scarce. Keep in mind that one of the fears for our future is the lack of fresh drinking water for the growing human population on the planet – a technique such as fracking will only add to this problem. Look for the documentary “Gasland” for some solid insight into this pressing issue.

    • Libtard

      Moron, there is not one single case of fracking damaging ground water. But then again you source Gasland as your source no wonder you are an unmitigated idiot.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KNLNLVF3LXWHCBAINHSCDTCG2M Ed Thesled

      Your ignorance about fracking is astounding. Your assertions are wrong and citing the movie “Gasland” as authority for your arguments is comical at best. Gasland is a propaganda piece for the anti-fracking crowd, not an objective documentary. Perhaps reseaching a broader array of information would lead you to a more balanced (or at least more credible) view. Even the US EPA has said that fracking does not present the dangers that its opponents cite without authority.

    • fewiz

      “All credible research shows that hydraulic fracturing is absolutely horrible for the environment.”

      BS. What’s “credible” to you is biased propaganda to me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ken.chapman.946 Ken Chapman

      The article eerily parallels Squealer’s pronouncements for the residents of Animal Farm and the above commenter is woefully behind the curve on fracking technology.
      I wonder how many people on this board concerned with contaminated
      water have even heard of Ecosphere, Aquamost, Water Tectonics, GasFrac or a dozen other start-ups? For example, Ecosphere’s ozone process is a chemical free way to treat wastewater. Ozone used for water treatment is an exempted use in most parts of the world. I use it myself to treat rotten smelling well water, high in iron and manganese. Ozone is 150% more effective than chlorine as
      a bactericide . Ecosphere’s Ozonic process used to treat frac water is a far more efficient, 4 step process that not only removes contaminants, but actually sterilizes the water so that it can be re-used or recycled. One portable unit can treat over 120 barrels per minute and is scalable. As a result: Drillers are using up to 90% less water during hydraulic fracturing.
      That not only saves water and costs. It eliminates the need to use chemicals to kill bacteria. That means less toxicity. Transportation involved in disposing of toxic wastewater is mostly eliminated. That also saves costs along with less air
      pollution from trucks.
      The 1.5 million acre Blackfoot Nation in North Central Montana says this works for them. The Mississippi towns that were supplied with emergency drinking water after hurricane Katrina know that it works. With billions of gallons being successfully treated at over 500 gas and oil rigs, drillers are also saying it works.
      We should recognize and encourage these doable solutions instead trying to shut down drilling altogether with over-dramatized and mostly false assertions in out of date hit pieces like ”Gasland”.
      Bottom line here is that the world needs energy that is dependable and that is affordable. Nothing else even comes close to natural gas. Unless a better process is invented, hydraulic fracturing is the best way to access this resource. Regulation, should be based on actual critical need, not some scary, low probability scenario.

    • Tony

      Thank you for all of your replies. I will research this topic further. Thank you for shedding some light on my ignorance.

  • http://zsuttonphoto.com/ Zach Sutton Photography

    Well, this makes me feel better about the last few days atleast.

  • Eric_Saunders

    This article is pretty wack. The author makes some very questionable assertions as though they are undisputed fact. For one thing, I don’t think ‘globalization’ is responsible for growth. None of the countries that have experienced the most growth have adhered to the neoliberal Washington Consensus. In fact, it is the breakdown of American dominance of the international political economy that probably deserves a good share of the credit for the growth. If it were up to the US, a lot more countries would be like Congo where our Rwanda and Uganda proxies have been committing genocide for many years. The chaos is good for Western multinationals, however. Lots of cheap Coltan and Cobalt for our smart phones.

    And it is hard to be excited about fraking. It is very bad for the environment and thanks to captured public officials, the profits will accrue to private corporations. In all, the situation in the Western world is pretty grim as neoliberalism is turning into neofeudal debt peons with declining prospects for the future.

    • fewiz

      “The author makes some very questionable assertions as though they are undisputed fact.”

      “…fraking. It is very bad for the environment…”

      Hmm, pot calling the kettle black.

      • Eric_Saunders

        The groundwater pollution caused by fracking is well documented. This is not the only environmental concern associated with the practice.

        • fewiz

          My point is that you state all that as undisputed fact, when the truth is that it is disputed. You’re as bad as the person you criticize.

          Yes, there are environmental “concerns,” and yes, there is one instance that I know of where fracking fluid has been found in an aquifer, but the jury is still out on whether any of this is a significant threat. No, not the jury composed of eco zealots, the one composed of our peers – the normal, open-minded citizens that decide such things in a court of law.

          Even the eco-nazis in charge of the EPA have not issued their final determination. Yet, you make statements of fact.

          But, I’m sure you won’t understand any of this. Zealots rarely see what open-minded people do.

          • Eric_Saunders

            You use the term ‘eco-nazis’ to describe the toothless, corporate captured EPA. Then you seemingly characterize me as the ‘Zealot’ and ‘yourself’ as open-minded. This is internet troll self-parody at its finest.

          • fewiz

            ROFLMAO, is that all you got? That’s like 3rd grade BS. I can just see you, thumbs in your ears, fingers wiggling, your eager little brain churning, “duh, I can’t dispute anything he’s said, he’s nailed me as a very amateur propagandist, what can I say? I know, just do what Obama taught me – attack his character.”

  • Raman_Indian123

    Progress happens because people fight injustice. No one imagines if the poor today do nothing to fight for their interests they will just get their slice from the rich. The Nelson argument is like that of the man who sees a train run fast and assumes it needs no fuel.

  • http://synerdata.net/ Gordon Stark

    That certainly is some fancy spin as the world barrels out of control.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22213715 Alex LaRocca

    I do believe this article is ‘hogwash’

  • http://www.facebook.com/marc.rath Marc Andre Rath

    this is irony, right?

    • PM

      Was it somewhere around this time that Drudge linked? (apologies, Marc Andre, just trying to pinpoint the moment the social experiment of introducing American conservatives to British conservatives was started)

  • Seamus Guevara

    Germany was the most civilized nation in the 20’s?? What the hell are they on about?? Seriously, alter. quatsch!!!!!!

  • lemmings

    And never have there been more slaves, less natural resources, less left of the icecaps and the change of the methanebubbles under the arcticice to release into the atmosphere and kill every breathing thing :)

  • Vindemia

    Thank you for bringing the positive into focus. We create the world by the way we think and feel. So let us keep these images in our minds!

  • http://burningbird.net Shelley Powers

    This has to be satire.

  • mountainman6727

    Is this a new Onion?

  • Danae777

    This is proof, the media is nothing other than propaganda.

  • Your Mama

    What a load of bullshIt

  • CesarFStoll

    So many times we’ve been here and so many times we found that it is not for us but for Him for we live. No matter how much we pretend to find that ‘comfort zone’ we always we’ll have much to do, because loving is what we must, our neighbour as ourselves, after loving Him of course, with all the intensity of our hearts.
    2012 was and 2013 will be a time for challenges as all the other have been.

  • GeorgiaVoter2013

    what moonbeam pie in the sky libtard wrote this lump of crap? LMAO

  • kickobamasskinnyass

    “Has national morale ever been as strong as it was during the.. Olympics?” Is that why the queen was yawning?

  • StanM

    “2012 was the best year ever” Are you nuts? Exactly where is all this record breaking prosperity?

    • kickobamasskinnyass

      its in the Obamaphones! you dont have yours yet?

    • motimer

      been to cleveland or detroit in the last few monthes?

  • your have been warned

    Sure everything is golden as long as the printing presses are still running, howwever when they can’t run any more the world will be plugged into the worst time it has ever seen but party on Wayne…

  • Syttende Mai

    No, a Bolshevik was reelected in America. WORST year in many.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6710147 Tyler Skinner-Rosenberg

    Sources of links appearing within the article: UN, Worldbank, National Bureau of Economic Research, British Petroleum, UNAIDS, World Health Organization, MIT, TheGrocer.com, Cancer.org, and the British government.

    Wow.It’s actually a list of the most heinous and least trustworthy organizations that exist.

    Abuse is increasing (going up)

  • http://www.facebook.com/MichaelBatdorf Michael Batdorf

    This doesn’t account for moral decay. Of that I’m certain, the world is far worse off.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.meyer.73932 Mark Meyer

    Over 200 armed conflicts and wars in the world going on right now. This is the best year? What a bunch of spin doctor hooey!

  • Hope in the Lord

    Our world is in dire need of redemption. The human heart needs to be regenerated. Come Lord Jesus!

    • nancym14



    What a bunch of hooey!

  • caleejr

    Well, that makes sense then – that’s why RECORD Unemployment is engulfing the world – that’s why people in collapsing economies are starving.
    Well, using the progressive logic like Obama did with this example: Gas prices were low because the economy was bad…
    then with the financial state of the world – we must be urinating Prosperity as it oozes from our very pores.

  • rosswill

    I would not use any report generated by the UN as fact. UN based information is usually self serving used to justify their existence and as a basis for future power grabs. The level of corruption in that institution is documented.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1212414154 Tom Masters

    Good grief. Thanks for the laugh

    But now the morons of the world have a voice.

  • kara Copeland

    What a load of crap

  • howardfein

    We’re doomed. When you see an article like this one, it can only be the prelude to a quick and deadly global destruction.

  • AnAverageJoe

    2012 Best Year Ever? Take off the rose colored glasses and get off the recreational pharmaceuticals. the entire Middle East is moving not forward into the twenty first century. Instead they are moving backward into the seventh century, along with a good portion of Europe. Most of the America’s are moving not toward the freedom that the 21st century offers but toward the oppression of the great dictators of the 1930’s.

    Yes, sure sounds like 2012 was the greatest year ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lorielle-Sisson/1489985926 Lorielle Sisson

    Glad to know developing countries are going gangbusters since it is funding from those of us in struggling countries that are boosting them up. Perhaps we should even the playing field and keep more of that money in our home countries to help our own citizens who are struggling so much.

    • XSnakePlisskenX

      Apparently, Bill Clinton’s non-zero sum gain theory actually does have some losers

  • jeighcee

    In the history of the world? Where is the data stored to back up that claim? The world is 4.5 billion years old. Recorded history began about 3500 to 4000 years ago. I think the author might be exaggerating just a tad. Besides, if data is from the UN, then it’s junk data anyway!

  • nancym14

    The Spectator of lies…

  • woodenboatguy

    This is the most absurd finding I have ever heard. Record unemployment across the globe, more and more people on food stamps and welfare in this country, claims that more and more children in this country are going without food when not a school? Come on… MORE PROSPERITY — how? Greece in shambles, people not working, unemployment in the US and Europe a near record highs,….. how is that prosperity? What a bunch of diluted fools….

    • Cheesewire

      It’s not just talking about the west, it’s talking about the world. THAT’S why there is more prosperity.

      • woodenboatguy

        Right,…. the middle east is in shambles, Syria is killing their own people, thousand of refugees fleeing into Turkey,…. Several nations in Africa still conducting genocide, Egypt on the verge of civil war,…. yep there is a lot of prosperity….. This is political imagery, not reality…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Kec/100003216977607 Chris Kec

    i notice how national debts weren’t mentioned, and it is mentioned the death rate in one area is declining, but the over all death rate is not mentioned or the is a population boom which will cause problems in a few years. You need to calculate prosperity to corruption, because corruption and prosperity are rising at the same rate

  • Steve Roberts

    Huh???? Alternate universe ?

  • Jacob Franklin

    1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
    For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

  • cuttingboardblues

    Did these writers get past the 6th grade? Does any reporter/writer do ANY kind of fact checking or research these days?

    • Fraser Nelson

      you may find a link or two in the piece… feel free to click…

      • cuttingboardblues

        Yeah the first two…the UN, the World Bank, and the third, to itself. I gave up on the links after that. How about resources and links to sources who don’t have a vested stake in trying to convince people things are peachy keen.

  • AugustineThomas

    “As a Brit, I’m less educated, less healthy and less happy than ever! My country will be an Islamic Caliphate in five years, but the government paid for two free parties! IT’S THE BEST YEAR EVER!!!” –Descendants of the greatest empire the world had ever known.

  • dytigaf

    Is this a reprint from “The Onion”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1380154354 Gayle Noe

    ? ? ?

  • zagnut64

    Reminds me of articles written in Germany during WWII letting the German people know how great things were going, five years later it was all over.

  • spiroandritsis

    I must be living on a different planet, missing something, or fallen into some delusion. Propaganda? OMG what have we done to deserve these self promoting lunatics.

  • docwhocuts

    you are all very rich.
    there is nothing to worry about.
    profit is evil. the collective is good…..

  • bob

    no wars going on eh? how about syria, eqypt, afghanistan, the congo, palestine, and soon to be iran and lebanon…nope, no wars going on here. “This has been a paid announcement that does not represent the views of this station” we now return you to your regular broadcast of globalist propaganda…

  • http://www.facebook.com/followerofChrist Ronita Anderson Lussier

    While for a year or two GMO’s may seem to save the starving, the poison they bring will kill off millions from disease. Lets look back in 10 years and see what our saving grace act has done to entire generations.

    • spyder

      Not to mention the fact that GMO seeds are devastating economies and societies both in the U.S. and abroad,,,,how many Indian farmers have committed suicide now as a direct result? This is only one example, there are many more!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1390437115 Jess Santos

    Yep. I suppose that is why all the statistic prove otherwise. I wonder where this paper got its information. This article sound and reads like a liberal campaign advertisement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/diego.martinez.5209000 Diego Martinez

    What a huge surprise….Obama’s global redistribution policies have lowered USA living standards and raised everyone else. All these socialist utopias around the world are living off of our money and all the gifts Obama has given them. Take oil drilling for example. After the gulf oil spill Obama took an entire year to lift the ban and all those machines picked up and left to brazil. Obama then gave Brazil government loans to help them start drilling oil. Instead of fixing their own situations all these third worlders are busy stealing as much as they can from a country whose president is more than willing to give away its riches and sovereignty. “Greatest year ever” written during a a time of the greatest ignorance ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.hoffman.9216 Richard Hoffman

    30 years from now, when we are studying the 2nd Great Depression we can point to this article and laugh.

  • Tobias2012

    Yeah right, come to Detroit.

  • One_American

    Load of crap.

  • KickPuncher2

    That’s funny, I would have thought this was the Onion if I had only read the article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Matuz/1208338054 John Matuz

    was this written in north korea??

  • josetoyou

    This comment about 2012 leans on insanity!
    The last 4 years have been the worst this country has ever known, and the next 4 years will be even worse….

  • U LIE

    The author is completely insane. The only good out of 2012 was for SATAN, commies, and obama’s BROS the islamo moslims. What a MORON!

    • Wyrdless

      Dude, get some fresh air. Other than impending financial collapse and possibly massive inflation in the developed world, it isn’t that bad.

  • BigBoa

    Well let’s REALLY make it prosperous!

    The government should just give everyone a million bucks!

    Just think, EVERYONE will be a millionaire! If the GOP is smart, they’ll jump on this right away…

    • Wyrdless

      At the rate that Ben Bernanke is printing money. It won’t be long till we are all millionaires and a loaf of bread will cost $354

  • Goo Gwaba

    This article seems to be a lot of puffery for sure.

    I see that you have addressed fracking, which is a good thing.

    However, the economic conditions around the world are dire. The G8 countries are all in debt, with The US, UK, and EU countries leading the way. The US is currently led by a Marxist president (re-elected by a strong majority of idiots) engaging in economic suicide, the UK is led by a faux-conservative in the tradition of Brian Mulrooney (as evidenced by the rise of UKIP in the local elections), and the EU is Hell-bent on federalism, and countries like Greece and Italy have had techonocrats installed against the will of the people.

    I fail to see why the author did not address this.

    The loss of freedom and economic prosperity is on the rise on the planet. When people are looking to the Communist Chinese for an economic model that works (the kicker is that they will experience a stunningly sharp crash in the near future), there is a big problem. When the media in this country are more concerned with false racism, than the fact that their beloved Marxist leader is inept and destructive to not only our nation, but the world’s economy at large, there is huge problem.

  • KickPuncher2

    That was a funny read. But for the title/header, I would have thought this was ripped from the Onion.

  • Zuki

    The robot that wrote this piece is either on drugs or it just short circuited.
    As of December 7th. 2012 there are over 47M Americans living on duh government tin can food supply.

  • Enuf Alrdy

    Did I wake up in a Twilight Zone episode or something? It sure feels like it. Right is left, down is up and bad is good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Douglas-Lynn/100002170303577 Douglas Lynn

    Advances in technology are the only reasons we are not all living like serfs in the middle ages. Politicians want the credit for this, but they deserve none. In fact, there is no doubt in my mind that western polticians are currently destroying prosperity almost as fast as people can create it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2WAWT6FEXYWG6RN7VBWO2NQ4OE Dan

    Please absolute stupidity … when someone going to break out with we are the world song .

  • BobVedari

    Tell that to the Benghazi 4. Tell that to Brian Terry’s family. Tell that to all the millions of taxpayers who must now pay for liberal girlies’ sex lives as well as the countless other taxpayer paid benefits to those who don’t deserve them. Tell that to all those stopped by the TSA for doing no more than exercising their Constitutional rights to travel without improper search and seizure without a warrant. Tell that to all the millions who are on the hook for the U.S. national debt. Tell that to all those in Syria, Iran, and Egypt, who would like to live free. Tell that to the millions who are forced to cry when the North Korean dictator dies lest they and their children be sent off to a prison camp. Tell that to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Tell that to all the family survivors of violent crime in Chicago every freaking day. All in all, I’d say it’s an average year – with one HUGE exception: In November, America decided that it would no longer be a great nation. Instead we now aspire to become a third world cesspool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.renaldyiii Carmen Renaldy III

    Good news and very true. But with the decline of American influence in our presidents managed decline, instead of a robust forward thinking policy of decentralization, we will sink and others rise, it will even out, then build up to bust forth in another dark age. Sorry.

  • Zuni3

    Who wrote this crap?

  • Dirk Chesterfield

    Did Obama write this article or was it just forwarded from his staff headquarters?

  • ShifoBrains

    Oh puleeze………………….peace & progress in the Middle East, North Korea??? Cmon

  • Barrys Ucks

    “Man cannot control the weather”…finally. Can we highlight this and put it at the top of the article?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1533787308 Russ Ramey

    Bravo! The continued rise of the individual in spite of the deadening hand of the State… we all know why this is NOT headline news. Does not fit the doom and gloom statist paradigm for seizing ever more and more control of individuals lives. Once again, bravo! Shout this from the rooftops,in the press, and the pulpits if you can find them!

  • Trappedincalifornia

    OMG, talk about being out of touch with reality. Whatever this author is smoking, I want some!

  • Barrys Ucks

    Maybe in Europe, but in the US our poverty levels are the highest in decades, the number of people out of work is at another record and we’ve been under siege for 20 years by our elected officials. This is the dark ages of America.

  • SpectatorPlusMarxism

    Wow – it is like watching Hitler’s rise to power all over again! All you have to do is take all the money from those who earned it, give it to the governments, so that it can be taken from them and distributed to countries that DIDN’T earn it…and those poor folks in those poor countries will suddenly be better off than they had been….and who cares about the bourgeois/rich because we all hate/envy them so much anyway, right?

    What you are celebrating, Spectator, is global communism. Everyone will be EQUALLY poor and miserable. Sounds great, right?! So lets just continue to celebrate the global chopping of knees from the successful nations so that the little nations will seem smaller…because if communism teaches us one thing – it isn’t about bringing the little guys up to the higher level, it’s about destroying the bigger guys, and taking them towards the lower level…forcing everyone into the same stagnant mediocrity. Where are the party poppers and bangers when you need them, this is a celebration, right Spectator? Woohoo, mediocrity!

    • SpectatorPlusMarxism

      (edit: little nations will seem TALLER)

  • http://twitter.com/woodheat Michael Lynes


  • duh

    War is peace

    • http://twitter.com/woodheat Michael Lynes

      Freedom is SLAVERY

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/ConcernedONETOO/featured ConcernedOne

    “The West remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries
    are charging ahead”

    That pretty much sums up the article – developing countries NOT the US. Not to mention this is basically and advertisement for numerous Gov’t run agencies in an attempt to prove their “value”.

    • Wyrdless

      I thought the opposite. Read the section on millennium challenge goals. The government wasn’t responsible for the gains

  • CousinHoward

    Gee I guess hard work has nothing to do with success in 2012, since our company tanked due to outsourcing by our biggest client, and my wife’s company had layoffs 3 weeks ago, right after Thanksgiving. Are we sure this wasn’t published in the Onion?

  • cxvictum

    Typical of the Media and they wonder why we don’t buy any of the newspapers? I think we should all stop participating in the media frenzy. Just don’t pay them any money period.

  • motimer


  • Russell Hall

    Was that article intended as facetious? Like a frog in a pot of boiling water isn’t really screwed, it’s just enjoying a nice jacuzzi. Or, the empire lies in crumbling ruin while its people grow weak and stupid, there’s no food, and the enemy is literally knocking at our gates but at least we’re all equally screwed in this together, and some will even benefit directly from our demise so it evens out as a good thing. That’s not really a cliff we’re headed towards, its just another step and there’s miles of green pasture at the bottom so let’s all look on the bright side and keep going. Man, do I feel better?

  • Judy Burley

    I can’t believe that even this trash magazine let this article fly. The world is in a shambles and they have the balls to tell us this? This is obviously a prop up piece for their Dear Leader Obama. Hail the Savior? After all they need something to make them feel better for voting for this mess.

    Marxist Liberals own this mess and history will remember.

  • Defacts

    2012 was the best year ever for one group of people, the free sh*t army. They sat back and collected freebies right and left. The real world knows that 2012 was the worst year in a few decades.

  • examticles

    Hell, where do I sign up to put my jewelry Kiosk in the heart of the ghetto?

  • Mike

    Wow, the writer of this article should share whatever drugs they are taking with the rest of us. This is just one giant bag of socialist puffery.

  • sly311

    This is what too many bong hits do to you. Right, let’s legalize pot everywhere. Keep ’em stoned and stupid. Rightonrightonrighton.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Lobosco/661521161 Joseph Lobosco

    Gag me please

  • Brad

    Absurd. You leftists are mentally ill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Trent/1335492342 Scott Trent

    Is this a JOKE? Is this ‘The Onion?”

  • Willh33

    This is a joke…right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Trent/1335492342 Scott Trent


  • http://www.facebook.com/lloyd.hargett.7 Lloyd Hargett

    What kind of drug is this writer taking? I want to get some of that so I can forget that 2012 was the year that an unqualified racist idiologue was re-elected by ignorant voters (with the help of massive voter fraud) to achieve his goal of destroying our nation to appease his anti-colonialist beliefs. Maybe I’d be able to forget that our ambassador in Libya and three brave military men died because to help them would endanger Obama’s campaign, and that hundreds more people are dead because of the illegal and inept gun-running operation carried out under Obama’s command. I would hope some of that drug would keep me from thinking about the unimaginably huge and growing debt this gang of thieves has thrust on all of us and all future generations. Maybe I wouldn’t notice that the country has never been this divided since 1860, and I could quit worrying that it may take another civil war to get it all sorted out. Man, I could get hooked on a drug like that!

  • OdinsAcolyte

    What an outright lie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Hollar/1072266170 Steve Hollar


  • LLuthor

    This writer is seriously blind. The state of the world is in disarray and he is writing about the dumbest crap. Everything is fine ignore that man behind the curtain. Keep drinking your beer, doing drugs, and watching the television. Moron.

  • MidBosque

    Jeremy Granthem pleads with the world’s scientists to get arrested if that’s what it takes to sober the world up to climate change. The Spectator put’s it’s moral standard down for somnambulance. Please, do continue to rearrange those deck chairs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Schmoey/100002185973510 Joey Schmoey

    Great year for child sex slavery rings, massive heroin/cocaine profits, and getting your welfare check.

  • DaveHolden

    Choco rations going up!

  • Govno

    It’s Bush’s fault?

  • Porter Browning

    “To listen to politicians is to be given the opposite impression — of a
    dangerous, cruel world where things are bad and getting worse.”

    Right! The more “dangerous” it is, the more we need them and the military industrial complex.

    We don’t need either one at all.

  • Howzah123

    Extreme Poverty is on the rise

    This article is delusional

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Hollar/1072266170 Steve Hollar

    Yes all you good little sheep out there. The world is wonderful. After all, Obama is at the helm. How can they print this drivel?

  • purple1960


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Berg/1671006419 Chris Berg

    Human population is exploding. The Earth can only deal with the pollution from X amount of humans for Y amount of time, and we’re already at 2X. Google: red tides, ocean dead zones, and mass fish kills to monitor the End, perhaps 30 years? Most people are so self centered and schizoidprenic that they probably don’t realize that they’re destroying the oceans, or that our oceans make most of our oxygen. Our society is getting so corrupt and dysfunctional that half of our society doesnt’ work… and thinks that making slaves of the people who do work is OK as long as it’s kept under wraps.Worst yet, the people who are aware of what’s going on don’t have the cojones to get organized, while those that are destroying our businesses are very well organized. I’m stocking up… have solar panels, wells, greenhouse, etc. I see a mass extinction coming. Certainly a nuke war is coming… without war throughout the ages we’d already be extinct. It’s basic math. mensunion org

  • mickrussom

    Great. The society that created the prosperity is in decline. Best ever. Real sustainable.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QGRXZ4T23QBBWLCEX7NJR24MUA Catz

    Nor have we had to deal with so much lying propaganda as we have with stories like this one!

  • robert miers

    struggling American families, heavy debt and poor leadership? polarized more than ever, mostly entire press in the pocket for one political party. no prosecution of mass financial theft…..yeah…sure

  • http://twitter.com/AngelRamblings angel

    lol really? with food stamps rolls doubling , whoever wrote this article must live as the obama’s RICH, and never really views the day to day of the ordinary people.
    heart-attacks, cancer all the number one killers of man are still just as devastating.
    2012 was not by far the best year on record when you take the whole scenario into account. if you are looking through rose colored glasses you see what you want.

    More soldiers have committed suicide than ever in 2012, The Taliban harmed more than ever, communism came to life in America on a large scale. wake up take those rose colored glasses off.

  • NowListenUp

    So the world is going out on a “high note”, alright…….

  • http://twitter.com/shadowslasher Nathan Allison

    “War has historically been humanity’s biggest killer.” what about abortion, I would be interested in knowing that statistic. It depends if we focus on modern times as opposed to all of history. Abortion did exist in ancient times, but today it actually has an industry built around it. Also what about slavery, I’ve heard there are more slaves today then in the 1800’s.

  • ImJustAGuy

    Huh? Libya, Syria, Egypt, Taliban resurgance, EU economy, US economy, and you think 2012 is the best year ever?

  • Walter_Peterson

    Free trade is having the leveling effect that socialists thought could or should only be accomplished through redistribution.

  • haunyocker

    Sounds like The Spectator got a drum early for Christmas and is madly beating it for itself. Obviously, it has to drum for itself because no on else will and articles like this are so blatantly and pathetically false they become the precursor of its demise.

    • Beedogs

      I think it was magic mushrooms or LSD.

      • haunyocker

        Maybe it was a combination including a little motor oil.

  • hans wegesser

    this must be a fairy dust, fantasy newspaper to come up with such a ridiculous statement. What world are you living in?

  • Rene

    “Best ever year” WHAT A JOKE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000892728549 John Newhouse

    HAHAHAHA! Good joke, Spectator!!!! I sure like not having to think and divorcing myself from reality; that’s why I chose to believe The Spectator instead of the soaring inflation on food and fuel and the massive unemployment problem in the States brought to us by leftists that the Spectator champions.

  • Joe Mellon

    Really, best year ever, then come to my house and see how we are living. What a load of crap.

  • TheOtherDude

    This Is a Joke Right?………RIGHT?

    • Jack_Kennedy

      onion piece …………… just not letting on

  • Geo Yoda

    How can this piece of pure fiction be published as journalism? What ever happened to ‘fact checking’? What editor allowed this nonsense to be printed?

    • motimer


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RS2B2GN655CYR6P74QTUQWOYY4 Chris

    Drink your kool-aid and then it’s naptime!

  • clickron

    So WE are in decline, but the rest of the world is moving ahead in leaps and bounds? Seems plausible since I recently visited central America and there is an uptick. The Federal Reserve has secretly given out over 30 Trillion Dollars of our money to banks around the world. More debt around the world in recorded human history, that’s your headline.

  • dk

    “War has historically been humanity’s biggest killer.”

    3500 abortions per day in the United States. 3500 children daily. Say that out loud and try to defend it.

  • Cincinnatus

    “It may not feel like it, but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world.” This is not only TOTALLY FALSE, but also INANE. Since the beginning of WWII, the “world” has NEVER BEEN more DANGEROUS !!!!!!!!!!! It is no wonder that no one at the “Spectator” has put his (or her) byline on this collection of clap-trap. This article could not have been more misleading, if it had been written by Ban Ki Moon himself, or the official Obama propagandist, J. Goebbels Carney. Rife with phony statistics and NO REFERENCES, the “article” totally ignores all of the wars that our Nobel Peace Prize winner has fomented since his ASCENSION TO THE THRONE, in the name of democratization. ALL of these have resulted, predictably, in Islamo-Fascist governments being installed or are in the process.

  • Todd

    Ask yourself what time period you would want to live and raise a family in. I take this one.

    • Jack_Kennedy

      another mooch chimes in…………

  • Snake

    Little things like HIV, Black Death, TB (TB killed over 1 BILLION people in the 1900’s alone) so the premise of the article is totally bogus. Starvation in Africa, India, etc ask those people how it feels to live on 1.90 a day to survive?

  • casablo

    What planet is this idiot living on?

  • A Farmer

    The calm before the storm? But notice, All of the prosperity that is mentioned here is the opposite of what liberals want. Taxes do not promote prosperity? Really? Tell that to Obama.

    As for world hunger,… what can I say? The average American farmer is older then the life expectancy of the people in Africa. The families that the American farmer one day hopes to pass the farms onto are practically non-existant.

  • gringorgulloso1

    If Canada is so great then why is it that everybody I started medical school with who were Canadians, none of them had any desire to return to Canada to practice. You reckon it was just the cold weather?

    Why was it that when the DNC was passing Obama Care that a Canadian premier came to the US for surgery? I bet he too just wanted a break from the cold weather. What would happen to Canada if the US failed? You would have to have develop your own military.

    Canadians didn’t even want to bother in helping the US provide a missile defense for Northern America. Why was that? You knew that we would do it. Your like the cheap neighbor who doesn’t bother to pitch into a neighbor hood watch fund because you know your house will be protected anyways and at someone another s expense.

    You better hope we get rid of Obama or what will you do when you have a real medical emergency, eh?

    Canada is a cold country that confuses ham for bacon and doesn’t even have any penguins You do have some game where people slide around the ice on broom sticks. What’s that about? Is that like special ed hockey?

  • obowmasbananarepublic

    I thought it was Christmas? The author must have one of those “concussions” Hillary’s suffering from. He thinks it’s April fools day!!!
    From what little I read it seems Obama must have a huge a$$hole, seems like just when you think you’ve heard it all another so called journalist crawls out and spews more bull$hit.

    • Jack_Kennedy

      this article is just more crap from another moron trying to get on the onion staff

  • Jennifer Brewster

    “But the speed of New York City’s recovery shows a no-less-spectacular resilience.”

    Ugh, there are still people without running water and electricity. That is not resilience, that is accommodating to incompetence.

  • Jimmy Stewart

    Just keep printing money and things will get even better! See the connection!

  • KB

    Not sure if this has been mentioned yet in the comments, but lauding fracking as the solution to the world’s energy problems is horrifying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.sundling Bill Sundling

    Absolutely ludicrous. Economies around the world are imploding as governments print more and more money out of thin air. America is becoming more and more of a police state.

  • Dio

    Lets ignore all the dead in Syria!

  • jojacks

    “War has historically been humanity’s biggest killer.”
    Not since science has irrefutably proven that human life begins at conception. Abortion is now humanity’s biggest killer.

    • tonymarini

      Along with abortion, tell that to the poor unfortunates killed by plague, fever, influenza and pneumonia throughout the ages.

  • StevenNewsom

    While the global standard of living is increasing, it is coming at the expense of standard of living in the US and Europe. There is only so much pie to distribute, welcome to the jungle and bring your “A” game, because the trophy for second place, is an empty belly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Smith/1603220294 John Smith

    And Obama will npot let an ounce of that abundance flow into the hands of the AaMERICAN pEOPLE. hE SEEMS HAPPY WITH TURNING THE aMERICAN PEOPLE INTO POVERTY ROW WITH taxes AND HARDSHIP sUCH A LIAR HE IS…….

  • Al_G_Funguy

    Great article! Clearly things keep getting better over the centuries – with some ups and downs along the way. Most of this progress is owing to the continued accumulation of knowledge and capital, in spite of parasitical governments’ attempts to hamper peacefully, freely acting people.
    The naysayers have a lack of perspective and poor understanding of history and economics. Or they are thinking emotionally: look how many are whining about Obama. Yes, the USSA will undergo a hyperinflationary currency collapse sooner or later. But it has done so in the past. It’s just another blip in the big picture.

    • tonymarini

      Yeah…whining about Obama…and rightly so. He is surely king of parasitical government…attempting at every opportunity to hamper peacefully, freely acting people. Whining, indeed.

    • Bill DeBurg

      you went to college didn’t you

  • Michael_McSpick

    My guess to explain the article is that The Onion may own The Spectator.

    • tonymarini

      The quote of the day! Congrats!!!

  • fatunclesam

    Just how high was the author of this article during 2012?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.boede Jon Boede

    Maybe it’s because we’re at an all-time-low for Communism. The Soviet Union and Mao killed, what, over 120 million people in the last century? Even the Vietnamese admit that they’re Communist “in name only” these days because they tried that and everybody nearly starved.

    • Al_G_Funguy

      Yes, Marx’s socialism is a disaster both in theory (“material productive forces”) and in practice.
      The next failed theory to jettison is democracy. See Hans-Herman Hoppe’s “Democracy: The God that Failed”.

      • KevinVA

        “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” – The ever brilliant Benjamin Franklin

        Even theories proven to work in practice, can end in failure with the implementation of evil.

    • roosterCrow4

      Funny how Marxism is on the rise in America though.

  • Jimmy Stewart

    What the article is trying to imply is that the West is struggling economically but all the money we have “lost” has gone to developing countries because we are “sharing” the wealth. The only problem is the debt is so overwhelming around the world that it will hit the fan at some point in the near future, unless drastic economic measures are taken. Are these developing countries going to be economic generators or dependent on the West down the road?

  • http://twitter.com/Johnny1749 Johnie Ippolito


  • Hawkdriver1961

    It was an election year in the states and the world desperately wanted our Dear Leader re-elected so no one reported anything that could hurt his chances. If Bush was in office it would have been reported that it was one of the worst years on record. War, melting ice caps, hunger and the “threat” of disease outbreaks would have been reported as gospel. You all wanted Obama back in for whatever reason and now you report this tripe. Sell it to someone else.

  • http://www.facebook.com/NevadaStu Stu Mills

    If this is the kind of crap that “The Spectator” spits out, then they can keep their free trial offer.

  • Rich T

    This is a huge piece of propaganda. 2012 sucked for many many people!

  • roosterCrow4

    So it’s the best year ever according to progressives that feed the parasites on the blood of the self-reliant West? I beg to differ with these a holes. I’ve watched my personal lifestyle decline and this Van Helsing is about fed up!

  • Raman_Indian123

    The rich see the world as a fine place. The rest do not. It is an old divide. It is why there are revolutions: the rich never understand until it is too late.

    • rank

      No…. the “takers” will never understand, until the “makers” money is no longer available. Then the Takers will have to get off their lazy butts and will find it revolting to have to work for a living.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.boede Jon Boede

    The United States has spent all the money it has. It has spent all the money it expects to bring in from its current citizens, their children, and their grandchildren. It is currently working on spending all the money that will be earned by other countries’ children and grandchildren. The ruse continues because everybody believes that the US will make good on its debts, but how can it? When the party ends, the whole world is going to suffer from the hangover.

  • Jimmy Stewart

    Did you see the news today? Just one story. Foreign holdings of U.S. debt up just 5.5 trillion! That’s up 78% under just Obama. No big deal because we’ve had the best year ever in 2012! I think you can safely say that when America, Europe, Japan are struggling that the world’s economy is not doing well.

    • Mr. Rational

      That’s funny…..its not up 78% under Obama, but whatever…. I saw the same link….you click on the headline and it doesn’t have that number anywhere in the article…..So, did you realize that the US owns most of its own debt in the way of buying bonds? You see that we have 5.5 Trillion on foreign debt out of over 16T in total debt….do the math.

  • Beedogs

    And unicorns are flying over rainbows.

  • JayHackett

    All of you people are forgetting one thing, the woman in Ohio that told everyone on you-tube that she was voting for Obama “cause she gots and Obama-phone” she knew that Romney wouldn’t give nuttin so she voted for Obama cause he was cool and gave stuff to the needy. Well then, 2012 was a good year for her and the rest that “supposedly” got something from big “O”. Now shut the heck up and move on – the DNC would say “nuttin” to see here – and remember you’ll be paying much higher taxes so others can have “STUFF FOR FREE”.

    It really was a good year for them, big “O” got re-elected

    • Mr. Rational

      Yeah, and that woman in Ohio was ignorant…that phone program started under Reagan, and was expanded to cover cell phones under W. Bush in 2004….she should have been calling it a “Bush phone”….

      • JayHackett

        Right you are, but the DNC operatives told everyone that Obama would help them and for them to help him. It worked. We had a woman in Detroit thinking that Obama was going to help her pay her utility bill. (Unfortunately there were several across this country that some how got the same idea. A decade ago that would be called buying votes, now it is the way the DNC operates to win elections)

  • b.mclane

    That humming noise you hear is the money in the USA flowing out to turd world dictators. No wonder this writer is happy. Its all about being “fair”. Unless you have traveled to places outside the USA you WILL NEVER understand what a precious jewel we are. You live in a London flat that 4 stories up and no hot water. You try Paris where heat is alternated to certain hours. Not to mention open latrines for the whole community in Africa and many countries in rural South America. No pasteurization. No clean water from the tap. street filthy from spit and feces. The very poorest in USA have air conditioning, food and shelter at the VERY LEAST. Congrats the new world order is at your door. Obama is getting exactly what his mentors drove into his head while he grew up without a father.

  • portle44

    I want some of the stuff the guy who wrote this is smoking

  • VHG1

    This is one of those “shovel ready” atomic powered manure spreader pieces about some fictional planet…..like from that old cartoon series in the papers years ago, “The Twin Earths”

  • Jack_Kennedy

    so the author is happy with the new dope laws in colorado……………….

    onion is calling…………… author is in demand for the loons new fantasyland

  • http://twitter.com/slvrser Frank

    What planet are these people living on!?!

  • Emmanuel

    “And global inequality? This, too, is lower now than any point in modern times. Globalisation means the world’s not just getting richer, but fairer too.”

    This is just misleading. The link is a paper published in 2009, using data that finished in 2006. Since then there has been a global economic crisis, which believe it or not hurt the poor more than the rich…

  • Will

    Note that the imbecile who wrote this nonsense didn’t put their name on I. Coward. This has been the worst year for me and everyone I know. It’s unbelievable how smitten with intellectual dishonesty you human garbage are.

    • PM

      His name is Fraser Nelson. He did put his name on it lower down the comments in response to other people who are unfamiliar with the conventions of a leader article.

      I am sorry you and your friends are having a bad year. I hope 2014 is better.

  • tonymarini

    Methinks the Spectator is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Obama administration…whose address is 1 Cloud Cuckoo Land. Or they’ve pre-printed their April 1, 2013 lead story months early. This “story” is agitprop and propaganda of the first order. The folks at the Spectator aren’t spectating…they’re hallucinating.

    The year 2012 will be looked upon by whatever historians are left in the future as the hinge point where the United States went stark raving mad and committed political and economic suicide. That that happens might be an applause line for our foes in the rest of the world, but for freedom-loving Americans it’s not so good. And let’s face it, what’s bad for the US is pretty bad for the remainder of the third rock’s inhabitants.

  • Socialism REALLY Sucks

    This is an article by Bagdad Bob–remember him? He was the guy who was Saddam Hussein’s PR mouthpiece who was always reporting that Iraq was kicking our ass.
    In fact, I nominate the nameless writer of this mumbo-jumbo for the Bagdad Bob Prize for Exaggerated Reporting.

  • notyranny1

    Am I reading the British equivalent to the National Enquirer? Talk about illuminati Propaganda.

  • McBob79

    Of course, 2011 was the best year before that, 2010 was, 2009 was… etc.

  • http://twitter.com/GarrySills garry sills

    He must be Obama’s speech writer. Words say one thing, but actions and the reality, are the exact opposite of what is said. It’s all smoke and mirrors.

  • Bill DeBURG

    people actually believe this garbage?

  • coolercoleman

    Ask yourself as you read this garbage has it been the best year ever for you and your family? I’m sure the will be no. I can guarantee there are so many answering no that Obama can here you no matter what golf course he is hiding out at.

  • JonStarknight

    What Sick $hit is this? More prosperity, Less Famine, and Less disease? BS

  • YUASK1

    Enjoy 2012 then because once Obama get the chance to finish all he wants to do. This world is dead.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AMIT3D6QWDIO657RJBIHVZ34CQ Truth Matters

    What a hoot. Totally delusional in all aspects of this nonsensical diatribe.

  • Terry

    Hard to know who is worse the optimist or the pessimist

  • Jim Socks

    This piece should be called.. The world is becoming a better place but humanity is more pessimistic than ever with the advent of the comment forum.

    Nice piece and I am happy to read something that is positive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Blue-Mann/100002276413790 Blue Mann

    The “best year ever?.” I need a shovel and a gas mask….it’s more like the calm before the storm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Casas/1530991238 Donna Casas

    More people in the US on welfare and food stamps than any other time in history? That’s a good year? More debt in the US than any time in history? That’s a good year? What a crock this article is.

  • fleabug

    Keep drinking the cool-aid and everything will be fine. How can you print this garbage.

  • DiscustedONE

    This is the first time in my life I have had to stay on a contract job. (Over 3 years) It is a good one, but no vacation, no sick leave, hourly pay only no benefits. I get healthcare through the wife’s employer because agency deductibles are at $3500.00 from the contract agency. At that point you are self insured unless catastrophic! That is what the government should mandate, affordable deductibles, Get lower price pharmaceuticals, and quit giving free healthcare to illegals. NO, The last four years are worse that the previous 4 years pal. I voted against Obozo, but cannot beat fixed elections.

  • Thomas Jefferson

    Yeah America is great. There is sky high unemployment, inflation, huge taxes, and the president can legally assassinate without legal oversight. Sounds great to me.

  • cntrlfrk

    Now you know what the goals are. Bring down the prosperous countries to prop up the poor, all in the name of ‘fairness’.

    You didn’t think Obama’s War on Prosperity was just against the rich people in this country, did you? It is against the U.S. as a whole. Enjoy it as you earn the equivalent of the average Chinese or Indian worker.


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-DePriest/1844166575 Steven DePriest

    In the first half of the article, they don’t give Obama the credit for all the great things during this historic time?? Maybe they are just teasing us to read the 2nd part.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alonzo.fosdick Alonzo Fosdick

    In every advertisement for a financial product, there is a disclaimer that “past results are not indicative of future results.” I suspect the breeze is freshest on the precipice.

  • dave

    seriously? do these “news” agencies really think we are this dumb?

    • rank

      Well someone was re-elected for another 4 years, and that certainly shows that a majority of those that voted are both dumb and greedy.

  • Kenyanmessiah

    Only if you are a welfare recipient, crack head, Illegal Immigrant, or dead beat… In other words a Democrat was 2012 seemingly a good year for you because stupidly you allowed yourself to be hoodwinked into believing the hype even though 2012 was the worst year for poor and under privileged. When your on a down hill slide into economic oblivion even the day before seems like it was the best day ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fhuh.kew Fhuh Kew

    Someone ate too many Skittlez.

  • DukeCanuck

    Is this a friggin’ JOKE? Is it April 1st and I slept through Dec – March?

  • beautifulnrich1

    LOL !!!
    What rock does this author live under ?

  • thebeeishorrid

    My God, you people at The Spectator are deluded…

  • Nick Renesis

    This must be a report on the bizzaro world.

  • Kevin Pence

    Lol who wrote this article? Give its loaded statistics, I wouldn’t want my name on this article either.

    • Fraser Nelson

      I did.

      • DukeCanuck

        Well at least about 3 out of the 450 plus commenters here agree with your premise. :)

  • TexasGirl

    Oh my gosh. This is completely ridiculous! And to think how many liberals will grab onto it and start quoting “facts” from it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Holm-Wrecker/100000489499155 Holm Wrecker

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRuSS0iiFyo Watch this and say things are better. I dare ya.

  • http://twitter.com/cunov2 cunov2

    It must be. We found unicorns at the end of the rainbow in North Korea.

  • orbicularioculi

    2012 the “best year ever”? Perhaps you have little life experience or knowledge of history. Perhaps in the third world, where any imporovement is a quantum or geometric improvement because the baseline is so low… 2012 was an improvement.
    However, for most of the modern industrial world, 2012 was a drag… and most people’s lives were not improved and in fact in the USA, net worth declined by $ 100,000 per family.

  • Twoiron

    I don’t know so much about conditions in the UK, but in America it was the “best year ever” for…

    1) Americans who hate America
    2) Enemies of America and Israel
    3) Marxist/socialists
    4) Barack Obama’s vacation planners
    5) Those who think the USA should be an even bigger nanny state
    6) Race baiters and class warfare proponents
    7) Abortionists
    8) Illegal aliens
    9) Potheads
    10) Gay soldiers
    11) EPA regulators
    12) Uninformed Obama voters, especially those who want “free stuff”

    • Guest

      You don’t know much about anything, let alone the UK. Your post is the moaning of a born loser crying because he got his rear handed to him on November 6th. Here’s the truth you don’t want to hear- no one is going to vote for fascist rabble who’ve decided the best way back to power is to insult the American people, all the while taking no responsibility for the disaster they inflicted upon America prior to 2009. Probably better for you to just throw in your crying towel and push for secession along with your fellow losers. Where do you live, anyway, Mayberry?

      • Twoiron

        FYI, UK is not the University of Kalcutta. Speaking of not knowing anything and about being a loser. You are a nitwit that professes to have anti-abortion “moral beliefs,” but you voted TWICE for the Abortionist-in-Chief. Most Libs are stuck on stupid…you are mired in moronic. L-L-L-L-L-L-L-O-S-E-R! HAHAHAHAHA!

        • stingray68

          I can always tell you’ve lost the argument when you use caps and exclamation points; your obsessive rants mean nothing to anyone not on psychotropic meds. BTW, have you been fingering your firearms since Friday’s shooting, wishing you had the determination to pay a visit to your local elementary school? I’m not joking.

          • Twoiron

            No Starbucks, no elementary schools. I can’t stand Starbucks coffee and I can’t stand the Lib propaganda you hear at the elementary schools.

            Isn’t tomorrow your volunteer day at your local Planned Parenthood clinic? You’re the guy who carries out the plastic bags full of dead babies to the dumpster. Still can’t understand how abortion is against your moral beliefs, unless…you have the morals of toadstool. I’m not joking.

            Here you go: u r a m-o-r-o-n — all lower case, just for you. I haven’t lost an argument to you yet, so why would I start now?

          • Guest

            So you do hate elementary schools- frightening. You have all the hallmarks of a psychopath. Seriously, you need to be locked up to protect the public, especially children, born and unborn.

    • Tynamite

      “Yeah, SCREW GAY SOLDIERS!” says the 140 year old man in the corner. Have a warm glass of milk and get to bed. Also, I think it’s funny how no one heard the “free stuff” argument until after the election. Has “Sour Grapes” written all over it.

      Can you enlighten me to the freedoms you have had taken away? Because I can still do everything I ever wanted (more really) than I could in the 80’s, except for not having out my my phone calls listened to. Dammit OBAMA! Oh wait, that was Bush wasn’t it? Where am I?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000892728549 John Newhouse

        All right. Here’s one. Before Obama, I had the RIGHT not to be FORCED to buy an insurance policy. Now the government forces me to engage in commerce. As an attorney, I can tell you that we normally don’t allow contracts of adhesion like this because they are UNCONSCIONABLE. But then again, I’m obviously not as enlightened as you, Obama, and the other Leftists that want to rule my life.

        • Tynamite

          Actually, you still don’t have to buy insurance, you are just taxed at a higher rate if you don’t, no? Listen, we a already had universal healthcare, we were just going about it in the stupidest possible way. If you want it the old way, we need to be willing to let uninsured people die at hospital steps. But we weren’t doing that, and you were paying for the uninsured already. A contract of adhesion is unconscionable? Might want to finish up your MCLE for the year, because every private insurance company, or phone company, or internet provider offers only a contract of adhesion. Nice try flexing your lawyer muscles though. USC 99′.

      • Twoiron

        I’ll leave the screwing gay soldiers to you, tynee.

        • stingray68

          More repressed homo-eroticism from a religious freak. Bet you have every gay porn site bookmarked on your laptop. What a laughable hypocrite.

          • Twoiron

            Go back to your homophobic fantasies. Hoping for a true Obamian Marxist/fascist empire to come quickly so you can strip the wealth from the gay capitalists right before you execute them.

          • Guest

            It’s quite a spectacle to watch you foam at the mouth and lose all control of your faculties. BTW, how far are you from the nearest elementary school? The authorities should be alerted.

        • Tynamite

          Look up who the 10 most educated states voted for and who the 10 least educated states voted for. Or better yet, which way politically our most economically successful states lean. Or how about you look up the 20 most popular places in America to visit… places the world wants to see, soak in, and enrich themselves with, and see which was they lean. On the other hand you could go to Mississippi and find where your hands off government gets you. Teen pregnancies, poverty, and mooching off the blue states for aid.

          I rest my case… bigot.

          • Twoiron

            Look at how the Lib-run states are doing: Kalifornia — broke. NY — broke. IL — broke. How about the Lib-run cities — NYC, busted. Detroit, busted. Cleaveland, busted. Newark, busted. LA, busted, Chicago, busted. I wouldn’t spend 5 cents to travel to any of those. Lots of “smart Libs” (oxymoron) in those places, right? If they’re so damn smart,,, Most educated only means most indoctrinated. A PhD with a credit score of 500 is no asset.

            PS: Adam Lanza has been called a “near-genius.” Good luck with that.

          • Guest

            Most Red States are flat-broke, too. Go to any small town in rural America- they’re hanging on by a shoestring. Same with the Red State you live in. It’s just more convenient for the right to blame non-whites in urban areas for America’s problems, the same meme they’ve been following for 50 years. As for ignorance, your earlier predictions of a Romney landslide put you in a clear field for being one of the most ignorant poster on DISQUS.

          • Twoiron

            You don’t know what state I live in, but like most topics, not knowing any facts about a subject doesn’t stop you from pontificating about it. Moron.

          • Guest

            Don’t be coy. You claimed you moved to a Red State to get away from hated California. Probably Texas but too much of a coward to say so. As for pontificating about topics you don’t know about, that fits you to a tee- for someone of your advanced age you should be more worldly than you appear to be. That’s what happens when you turn into a religious zombie.

          • Twoiron

            Probably not Texas. That leaves you only 56 Oblunder states to guess. I have time if you are that curious. Besides, if I lived next door to NM in TX, I would have paid you a visit by now, neighbor. I am one of the 2.5Bn followers of Jesus Christ and that makes me a zombie? That sounds like your daddy, Satan, talking through you again. Evil, clueless moron.

          • Guest

            Pay me a visit? What’s stopping you? Surely for someone who is independently wealthy like you, travel expenses are no object, especially from the Bible Belt. But why couch your threats in cowardly innuendo- speak what’s really on your mind. BTW, the jailhouse jump suits here are orange- I hope that’s in your color palette. Are you an “autumn?” But the funniest thing about your post is that you make veiled death threats while pretending to be a Christian; more proof, if any were needed, of the nature of your actual theology- satanism.

          • Twoiron

            When does NM’s annual Gaia festival start?

            Go back and re-read what I posted, moron. Are you saying that calling you “neighbor” is a threat??? If so, that’s yet another obvious clue as to your genetic linkage to the Evil One. My lands, you are the king of fools and a Lib moron to boot.

          • stingray68

            Gaia festival? You’re the one into twinkies, you tell me.

          • Twoiron

            It is a good thing for you they have deinstitutionalized the insane. Otherwise, your only Christmas gift would be a double dose of thorazine from Nurse Ratchet.

          • Twoiron

            What does one of Satan’s own sons get for Christmas? Does your daddy, Beezelbub, give you a fresh batch of lies? Photos of all the dead babies from the abortions you voted for? Crystal meth to pass out to teenagers on the school playground? A selection from the Evil of the Month gift catalog?

          • Guest

            What’s the matter, Twoiron? Are you being bullied by your coven? Is your black robe too short? Were you in charge of bringing the blood of the innocent for the last black mass but forgot and brought Kool-Aid instead? Guess it’s not easy for you, being a CoS minion and all- lots of secret rules and ceremonies to remember. Bet you’re just as unsuccessful there as you are on DISQUS. Better bring your game to their next midnight orgy of evil or you’ll find yourself being served at the holiday buffet next to the sodomized goat.

          • Twoiron

            Like I said, it’s a good thing for you they have deinstitutionalized the criminally insane. Otherwise, your only Christmas gift would be a double dose of thorazine from Nurse Ratchet.

          • Guest

            What does a hate-filled CoS minion like you do on Christmas, anyway? Your fellow satanists consider you a failure and a fraud, just like the rest of us here in the real world, so how do you spend the holiday? My guess is you simply seethe by yourself in your basement, planning a mass shooting at your neighborhood elementary school.

          • Tynamite

            Not sure what you mean by “busted” but I’m from NYC and live in LA and I assure you neither are “busted.” Additionally, your points about you not wanting to visit mean nothing, tourist date tells a different story. As far as being broke, while Cali and NY are in debt, so are plenty of Red states. Perhaps you should look at which states GIVE the most to DC and which states GET the most from DC. The blue states are more or less funding a lot of the red states. There are of course exception (Texas for one, 94 cents for every dollar). Illinois gets 75 cents back for every dollar they give, New York 79 cents, Cali 78 cents, though that data may be a few years old, the trends remain the same. “Indoctrinated?” You’re starting to sound pretty far out there. I have an “excellent” credit score and am proud to have gone to college and experience the mesh of minds and cultures you encounter there. No idea about where you are in your life, but would you not want your child to go to college?

          • Twoiron

            States don’t “give” to DC, citizens and businesses have their own wealth plundered and then wasted by an out-of-control federal gov’t that has become bloated, mismanaged, corrupt and wasteful, in spite of its Constitutionally-granted limits on its powers and authority.

  • BayAreaBill

    Just where do I start to rebut this hogwash? Ah, never mind. You can’t change the minds of people so gullible that they actually believe this feel-good nonsense.

  • WBC

    “The country may be midway through a lost decade economically, but our cultural and social capital has seldom been higher — it is hard to think of a time when national morale was as strong as it was during the Jubilee and the Olympics.”

    Translation: The working stiffs and the middle class are getting screwed but it’s been a great year for the media.

  • rank

    23,000,000 on unemployment, record numers on food stamps, extremely high numbers in the poverty class, unemploment above 8% for 43 months, many nations on the brink of financial disaster….. and 2012 is the BEST? What are those people at The Spectator on?

  • CamoCoyote

    Obama re-installed in the white house for another four years, automatically disqualifies 2012…

  • Tuck

    Liberal propaganda at its finest!

  • Balance3

    what a joke this article is

  • PM

    If only Drudge linked to Spectator articles more often. These comments are absolutely wonderful. Please keep them coming. Full marks if you can a) assume that the world is the same as the USA b) assume the Spectator is left-wing c) use the word “dicktards”. Don’t think anyone’s managed all three yet.

  • lyndon666

    Hilarious, US conservatives meet British conservatives. Mutual incomprehension ensues.


  • http://profiles.google.com/daniel.l.nguyen Daniel Nguyen

    45 million americans on food stamps and its the best yet ever?

  • NotTheSheeple

    Great year. Yes indeed, great year. LOL!

  • http://www.amazon.com/Gregory-Kay/e/B0037LL4VS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1354807628&sr=8-1 Greg Kay

    And if you really believe this, please contact me; I have a used car I’d like to sell you…

  • thisnamealreadyexists

    Things are never as bad as you think, or never as good.

  • David Harrison


  • TruthDetector

    Translation: The Global Obama Depression is as good as it gets.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danl.short Dan Short

    Excuse me—what parallel universe does the journalist of this
    article live in?

    Lives are being destroyed at a faster pace than even Lenin,
    Stalin or Moa were able to accomplish in their efforts to convince society
    communism is an acceptable alternative to liberty.

    The advancement of mankind is slowly grinding to a slow
    crawl. The philosophy of achievement disregarded to the junk pile of socialist ideology—where tomorrow, when the wealth of those who do produce is spent; the same result of
    Russia after their glorious insanity of the Soviet—and we are doing well?

    Perhaps it would be a good policy of drug testing before such journalist tripe is accepted by one thinking he has journalistic credibility.

  • Jubal Harshaw

    Does the term “Meadow Muffins” seem to ring true for this extremely sophomoric piece?

  • Historianted

    This has got to be the stupidest “article” ever. Seriously. Give this “The below is the first article of the Christmas double issue of The Spectator, the best-written and most entertaining magazine in the English language.,” I have to assume this is all meant in jest, correct?

  • Brigmaster

    Bovine feces in large quanities

  • Mr Vasshier

    Jimmy Savile
    ~A procuror of chirldren for the Royal Family!
    ~Why did he spend 10! consecutive Christmas’s with Margret Thatcher?

    Brave New 2012 :)

  • http://davids-home-now.blogspot.com/ David F Thomas

    I suppose the increase in longevity is good, but if it were not for our mortality, some people I know sure would get old.

  • Paul Revered

    So what you are saying is Global Warming is complete and utter bull dooky, THANKS!

  • Michael Chiasson

    “Never in the history of the world has there been less hunger, less disease and more prosperity”

    The same thing might have been said just before the fall of the Roman empire.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Greg-Harris/1165635930 Greg Harris

    Actually socialism tends to be a pretty virulent killer – and it is on the rise once again.

  • GT

    Entertaining indeed !

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Winchester/1503164950 Sam Winchester

    Who ever believes this is a sap. The middle class is rapidly eroding at the same time the 3rd world is rising. Coincidence? I think not.

  • BobSmith77

    You can tell when this article was linked to Drudge because the amount of stupid comments that don’t even read the article & the facts has skyrocketed.

    Article is not talking about the US but the entire world and the main reason has been the decline in global conflicts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mont.ray.5 Mont Ray

      Yep the drudgies are out today, what an ignorant bunch!

      • Benjamin Ghazi

        Libunatic arrogance is entertaining – and unjustified.

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      FWIW, the actual 2012 statistics about world disease, morality, hunger, etc., won’t be available for six months at the very earliest and more likely not until 2014.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clarity-jane-Seer/100002896137067 Clarity-jane Seer

    Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity? BS! More wars, causing famine, disease, depleated uranium depleated bombs comtaminating the earth, HAARP causing draughts on farmland, vacciness killing and sickening millions worldwide. Agenda 21- depopulate the world by 90%

    • tim

      do you sleep with both eyes open?

  • tim

    whats up lefties, not what you want to hear is it…global warming, ice age… doom doom doom…

  • ObamaIsGodAwful

    Less disease? Only if liberalism is set aside from inclusion in the statistics.
    Obviously all this good news was inherited from Bush, since all of the other inheritance from Bush continues.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001982377771 Karl Slatner

    might be true, might not. reminds me of lists like …TOP 25 Best Places to Live, or 10 Hottest Babes in the World or… it’s all subjective. in the real world, it’s “how are things in your life”?

  • mitch_Pawl

    Then why has food stamps and the drinking off of the government teat never been so high as it has been?

    Someone is making these false claims.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Scott/1001794628 John Scott

      No, not at all. As the Progressives suck all of the money out of the Western nations by legislation, foreign aid, and the coming UN taxation, the West shall wither and die while the Eastern nations shrug their shoulders and ask, “OK, who do we sell this cheap crap to now?” But until the last dollar is transferred, their collection of America-hating, foreign aid dependent nations will appear to prosper. By prosper they mean going from absolute poverty to abject poverty.

      • Benjamin Ghazi

        “As the Progressives suck all of the money out of the Western nations by legislation, foreign aid, and the coming UN taxation, “….

        And by regulations and policies that make us less competitive in the global marketplace…

  • bonnieblue2A

    This column proves there is no difference between toilet paper and the British newspapers.

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      I’ve never been so tempted to wipe with a computer monitor before reading this article…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.galt.5454 Jon Galt

    LOL. The West is full of debtor nations that are digging deeper holes, some of them collapsing as I type (Greece, Spain, Italy, etc.). More in the US are on food stamps and public assistance than at anytime in history. Yeah, printing and borrowing sure can appear like prosperity, but very temporary in nature. Just ask anyone who ran their credit cards up until credit was no longer available. The collapse will be quite alarming for most of the morons out there.

  • Tumbleweednm

    Best year around the world except Western Europe and in America. It’s a new world, third world countries are rising and traditionally successful Western nations are failing. Who would have thought?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R27CZLXAJO4RXXTB7HG42ED7S4 WB

    All over the under- developed world the poverty is worse than ever before. South America, Central America, parts of Asia, people still work at slave labor wages. And that is supposed to be the best year yet? I am not sure if I should laugh or cry.

  • adsf

    the malnutrition rate in the people’s democratic republic of korea has
    fallen from 62% in 2000 to 18% today, the dprk presides over the year of
    the greatest and most prosperous nation in human history

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3GA7QIIEVJBRFYWOGACOLEGXB4 head honch

      HAHA! Where did you get those statistics, from the N Korean dictator media?
      Ya N. Korea is just paradise on earth. Im sure the millions upon millions of those in the slave labor camps are eatn good.

      • PM

        I think this was intended as satire, my friend.

  • dr bean

    The rightwingers will deny, deny, deny!

  • Syrin

    BWAHAHAHA !!!!

    Prosperity? I guess the guy who makes $25,000 a year but spends $500,000 on credit cards is equally prosperous. Wait until the bill arrives in the mail. prosperous? You Keynesians take stupidity to another level.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E7B7SYRAABKLNJKPNTKG44ISZA M

    The naively optimistic picture the spectator paints completely ignores the growing faction of barbarians infiltrating every country on earth who want nothing more than to kill ALL unbelievers and feel perfectly justified in doing so. Once these animals achieve nuclear capability this rosy picture will change completely.

  • http://tylernull.blogspot.com/ TylerNull of YouTube

    Now that Western civilization is slouching toward irrelevancy while their indigenous populations die out, the socialists are giddy.

    Go figure.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Scott/1001794628 John Scott

      That giddiness will last until the shelves are empty and they realize there is nobody left to redistribute from.

  • Reality

    “The Spectator which (as American readers of this blog may not know)
    is the best-written and most entertaining magazine in the English

    Well at least you got one part right. It is entertaining reading garbage articles like this.

  • Sammy U

    This article can blow itself out its own ass.

  • cdc

    If this is some sick liberal attempt at a joke, then I do not appreciate it.

  • Dominic

    Is this article about another Earth , because I don’t recognize the planet they are describing .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3GA7QIIEVJBRFYWOGACOLEGXB4 head honch

    This is an onion piece right? If anyone actually believes the blind fairytale of this article that the world is in a great state right now and that there is less hunger, war, disease, violence..needs to seek help or at least just open their eyes.
    The condition of the world is the worst its ever been!

  • tubaman

    what alternate universe are they talking about????

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Foster/100000044409877 Tom Foster

    Does this mean we can get a bailout from India or Bangladesh

  • Big___D

    OK, I get it. …you other commenters have been so conditioned to everything being terrible that you can’t imagine that good news could be real.
    This article didn’t say that everything is rosy. It didn’t talk about terrorism (real threat, marginal impact), statism (threatening economic stability), etc., etc.
    But against that backdrop, the overall well-being of humanity is increasing.

    Only hardly any news outlet will print it…it doesn’t sell like evil and violence.

    If you find there isn’t enough poverty to suit your purposes, simply redefine “poverty”.

  • RightWired

    I’ll take BS for $1,000, Alex

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tax-Ifornia/100003876588866 Tax Ifornia

    as long as you work for the government the above is TRUE.

  • Jack Murphy

    I blame Global Warming.

  • http://twitter.com/SueDinNY SueDinNY

    You’re kidding, right???

  • Mike Rowley

    One can choose to see the glass half empty or half full….the writer chooses to see it half full!! Doesn’t make the article correct or fact filled, only states the writers “opinions” as the writer “sees” them! Obviously not a “first class” journalism piece and will not be mistaken for one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Keldon-McFarland/100001386924706 Keldon McFarland

    Julian Simon is looking down with pride on this article

  • vfrtower

    We’ve come so far…and the world is gonna end Friday.


    See all you folks on the other side…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Scott/1001794628 John Scott

      Honestly, I’m hoping that 51% of us do not make it to the other side, or we’ll just be in for more of their looney tune antics.

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      Is that Friday 12:00:01 Greenwich mean time for the entire world or will 1/24th of the world disintegrate as the hour arrives?

  • treachery

    LOL article, dellusinal at best.

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      delusional not dellusinal

  • john1345

    Anyone who buys this idea that global inequality is decreasing is gullible. There are many other sources which indicate the exact opposite.

    • Wyrdless

      I don’t care if someone has a yacht and a private jet as long as i have running water and home heating oil.

      After a certain point do you really need more stuff to be happy?
      When more people have clean water they will be happier. More yachts for the middle class won’t do the same thing

      It is true that more and more people are getting running water, electricity and such. First worlders simply take this for granted and look at the super rich with envy when in reality, most people have what they need.

      The gulf between $1 a day and $10,000 a year is what this article refers to for inequality, not the difference between people making $50,000 and $600,000

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.biggs.714 Steven Biggs

    Delusional socialists.


    Best year ever? We still have 14 days to go. I’m going to laugh my butt off, before I die, if on Dec 31st World War III starts and everybody gets nuked.

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      WWIII started at least in the early 1990s with the various Islamic attacks on the West and possibly as far back as 1972 with the attack at the Munich Olympics. This is just a very different type of war, where the borders are not as clearly defined. Nevertheless, it is indeed a World War.

  • A friend

    What a bunch of tripe.

  • Broccoliobama

    Not for me! ! !

    Thanks, Obankruptbama

  • Anthony B

    Who is the Writer of this article? Must be a deranged liberal who should not be allowed to own a gun.

    • PM

      The Writer of This article is the deranged liberal Fraser Nelson — who indeed, probably should not be allowed to own a gun.

      (Especially right now, as he’ll be reading this comment thread through a crack in his fingers. I’m not sure he’s been introduced to the unfiltered voices of true American conservatives before.)

      • Benjamin Ghazi

        The crack is around his nostrils not his fingers. 😉

  • Tommy DiLallo

    What a joke article.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TIU4XR76CGJFSUG5WPZDFUGMUY HenryC

    Historically disease leave war in the dust, so does starvation. Of the four horsemen war has always been the piker.

  • Ezra Pound

    More US Soliders BLEW THEIR OWN HEADS OFF than died in combat in 2012. That’s right: more US soldiers kill themselves than are killed by the “enemy.” Great year? The Western Media is DELUSIONAL and should be run out of our society for constantly railraoding Americans into wars on behalf of the rogue nuclear “state” of Israel.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.barkley.75 Brian Barkley

      The press is delusional but to lay that at the feet of Israel tends to indicate that you are to.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Scott/1001794628 John Scott

      You really think these wars were for Israel? Really? Besides, you would rather we support all of those other nations in the Middle East that have swords on their flags and bark at the moon, and want to kill your sorry butt because you do not believe as they do? The same enlightened folks that strap bombs onto their women and children to blow up other women and children?

  • Sally

    That’s interesting since we could say that 2012 was one of the worst years in America’s history. Maybe it’s all the money we give out to thrid world countries, and dictatorships all over the globe that has made the ‘world’ ‘better’ and us worse off than ever before.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Scott/1001794628 John Scott

      There is no “maybe” about that. You are spot on.

  • Jeff Christianson

    ” people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded.” Not in America. We have spent 15 trillion on the war on poverty over the last 50 years and we have more living in poverty than ever before.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Scott/1001794628 John Scott

      I’m thinking we should pull funding from the UN and end all foreign aid. Then we can see what happens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carl.mertz.37 Carl Mertz

    More happy bull sh!t L!es from the LEFT !

  • Critical_Theory

    take a dollar from the prosperous country, give it to the 3rd world country… That’s one way of creating balance I guess.

    • CleanFun

      Redistributing that wealth.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Scott/1001794628 John Scott

      Precisely. And they will spend all of that that dollar instead of investing half of it in making more dollars.

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      Take a dollar from a prosperous person, borrow another dollar, and buy a vote for $0.97 while consuming$1.03 on bureaucrats to administer that redistribution…

  • bostinks

    Totally delusional reporting

  • Guest

    Depends on what the word “is” is.

  • robertsgt40

    Best year ever? For who? The world plunges deeper into debt. Guess it was good for the lenders. Won’t be pretty when the music stops.

  • truecolours44

    Soviet style propaganda and disinformation. People are not fooled by this cra**. The fact that it’s happening reinforces our resolve to resist the coming tyranny and the globalists agenda.

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      “People are not fooled by this cra**. ”

      51% were on 11/6/2012.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Hart/100001365605444 Michelle Hart

    Well… If your goal is the total financial collapse of America, utterly delusional and insane totalitarians running congress, massive unemployment and business failure, and rolling out the red carpet for every thug on the planet then ok… I guess you could call 2012 a great success.

  • HawaiiRules

    George Orwell is saying “I told you so.”

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  • http://twitter.com/PeakOilProof Will Martin

    Re: “fracking technology mean that we live in an age of energy abundance”

    There’s a lot of uncertainty around Shale Fracking, with some industry experts calling it a Ponzi Scheme:


  • ouchosparks

    Wow. Head way up ass. Impressive.

    Cherrypicking data is the way to “win’ arguments with, well, with most Americans anyway, who don’t know jack shit. But, for sure, for the global elites, the fraction of 1% that own or control nearly half the world’s wealth, yeah, it was a great fucking year.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TroyCCox Troy Cox

      Sheep being led to slaughter while applauding the efforts of their killers…

  • Joe_E_in_the_IE

    I’ll admit 2012 was a great year, especially after more than a year of unemployment. Of course, as a white male American citizen who never abused illicit drugs and who doesn’t have a felony criminal record, I succeeded in finding work only in spite of the current U.S. president’s best efforts.

  • DrBobNM

    UN is the source of information on prosperity? How about rise of global viruses, contamination of our food supply, runaway governments taxing away any incentives, unprecedented unrest in the middle east and elsewhere. It HAS been a great year, indeed, at least for those who want the utter destruction of western civilization (which by the way is/was a very visible benefactor of the third world)

    • Wyrdless

      Global Viruses> Small pox, rubella, scarlet fever, mumps, polio yellow fever, etc… all now preventable by science. There are less viruses not more

      Food> There is more food now, not less, and organic food, the only kind in existence until recently, costs less in terms of hours worked to procure than ever before.

      Taxes> The King used to be able to show up at a serfs house and take the daughters if he wanted. Also, the taxman didn’t need a warrant to enter your house and search for taxable goods.

      Unrest in middle East> Umm, when has there not been unrest in the middle East? The ottoman empire? Unrest is normal, because oppressive governments are the norm for most human cultures

      • DrBobNM

        the viruses are mutating to beat the vaccines. Genetically modified foods have been linked to cancer from european studies, a california initiative was struck down requiring food producers to indicate whether it was GMO or not. If it was so harmless why did the food lobby work to defeat it? Middle East, the US helped establish sharia in at least two countries, and a sharia dictator in Egypt. Taxes, we are not talking about the middle ages, if it came to that, that is why we went to war with England. Enjoy your delusions while the world (Rome) burns.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.thompson.5688 Lisa Thompson

        Wyrdless –

        Global Viruses – In the US, we are seeing these diseases popping up again due to illegal immigrants who are not vaccinated. CA has even had bubonic plague show up in small pockets. I guess you weren’t aware of that.

        Taxes – The US king doesn’t show up at your house, he sends the IRS. Same thing, and they DO take everything you own. Shoot, the city takes peoples property all of the time and so does the govt…it’s called eminent domain.

        Food – Is full of GMO and pesticides. As for organics? That’s a joke. Pay the state $500 and they will give you a certificate saying you are organic so you can charge twice as much for the same food.

        Unrest in the Middle East – Is up against the US because WH and minions have filled cabinet positions and other positions with muslims who hate the US. That is not speculation but truth. Look it up.

        • Wyrdless

          Global viruses: Bubonic plague has a natural reservoir in prairie dogs. Bet yah didn’t know that.

          Taxes> My point is that they can no longer rape your daughter or search your house without a warrant. legally. Please actually read my post before responding

          Middle East:: “”WH and minions have filled cabinet positions and other positions with muslims””

          HAhAHAHAHA … hahaha, hhahaha,,, haha (sigh)

          Yeah the US cabinet is FILLED with muslims.

          damn….. I thought people like you were just a joke that liberals make up. guess not.

          • LisaT

            What’s funny is how ignorant you are. I don’t know of anyone who believes anything lieberals..I mean leftists, say these days. And gee…it only took you 5 months to reply LMAO. Goofball

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.blakley.9 Thomas Blakley


    TIME for SOME THINNING of the HERD on BLAKS and MUSLIMS!!!!!!

    SPICCKS TOO!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TroyCCox Troy Cox

      Liberal Troll

    • Ezra Pound

      Nice try, Michael Moore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lfewell1 Lynn Fewell

    I found both the article and the comments posted here very interesting. Poiverty, hunger and aids have definitely been on the decline. However, there really is no accurate report of the part the American citizens have played. How do you disregard what President Bush did for Aids in Africa? How do you disregard what Franklin Graham and his foundations have done world wide, providing medical and educational assistance? How do you disregard the billions of dollars donated by the American citizenry to foreign causes to improve the lives of their citizens? Americans are not the only citizens doing this by any means but it has been proven that Americans are the most generous on the face of this earth! We are the first on the site of disasters in foreign countries and our citizens, rich and poor, send more financial aid than that of any other country! I am not attempting to take away from anything any other nation does. I simply want to say that “I am proud to be an American” and I make no apology for it!

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      “Poverty, hunger and aids have definitely been on the decline. ”

      False. Those are STILL growing, but maybe not as fast as they were.

      Call me when the numbers of people suffering from those afflictions actually goes down – and not just due to deaths.

  • picomanning

    The world floats ignorantly on a soft cushion of the growing bubble of debt and currency created out of that thinning air used to inflate the bubble.

  • capoprimo

    Certainly looking at the world through “rose colored glasses”! The expansion of Islamic domination in the Mid-East. The fiscal issues of the EU and the US along with the majority of its individual states. Expansion of nuclear threat from Iran and S. Korea. Let’s see now, that covers about half the globe that hasn’t done so well, eh?

    • Ezra Pound

      Are you a Zionist or a USG employee/contractor? ? Iran is no threat. It is the rogue nuclear so-called “State” of Israel that is the threat to the United States.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.long.1614 Tim A Long

    Hey Spectator…….what in the world are you all smoking???? Are you all stupid, or just born that way?

    My god, I never read something so out of touch in my life……….

  • DerekJR321

    Dear Author: What crack pipe are you smoking? Drugs are bad.

  • Walter Bellhaven

    I guess there can only be one reason why 2012 was the best ever … Barack Hussein Obama … mmm mmmmm mmmmmmm

    • CleanFun

      How black is that?

  • MrLogical

    The title of this article, and the article itself, are nothing but a classic textbook example of semantic deception. I.e., using popular and otherwise plain language to describe a thing or condition in terms that would seem to convey one idea when the complete opposite is true. This is a technique that has been used by the cultural Marxists for decades to propagandize free people into believing their lies about supposed equality and utopianism when the exact opposite is true. A somewhat crude example would be the street-wise philosopher saying, “Someone is pissing on your shoes and they’re telling you that it’s raining.”

    Never in the history of mankind has their been more famine and disease, more poverty and suffering, more hate and deceit, more graft and corruption, more misery and pain. Never has the world been in worse shape – and yet hundreds of millions will believe everything said in this article.

    The authoritarians and Marxist-Leninists and their pervasive propaganda are winning. Don’t believe a word they say.

    • Tynamite

      Can you provide references to a single claim you made?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I557N4ES4LOGCEHTEUXHZJPUVI David

    “Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity.” I must live in a parallel universe: in my world, never has there been more hunger, more disease, and less prosperity. The middle class is becoming poorer, while the super rich accumulate more wealth, and the amount of people living in poverty continues to increase. Disease is rampant, especially those diseases caused by our toxic environment, poor food quality, contaminated water and air, and doctor caused diseases is increasing drastically because of all the drugs and vaccines foisted on a brainwashed population. The national debt continues to increase, and is almost 20 TRILLION dollars now. The environment is being destroyed at increasing rates, and even the oceans are dying. War is not humanity’s biggest killer – allopathic fascism is. Doctors have caused far more suffering and death than all the wars put together!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XNAIS2H72GOCCR7EGGJU6NXZMM Michaelp

    The second amendment was written by our for fathers, to protect us from government take over. Like whats happening now !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X7O6EDPKUSEG7JJVT34QBMTXOU jeffrey

    U.S., under Obama, has the highest unemployment, poverty and food stamp rate in 50 years. Best year EVER? ROFLMAO. NOT HERE knuckleheads.

  • iatemine

    Wow…what pool of propaganda was THIS Progressive Malarky drawn from?
    Prosperous for Whom? Lets leave out the unemployed in America and Europe….They don’t really coun’t do They…
    Let us leave out the monumental debt Europe and America has looming. After all…We will pay it later….or Our Kids will…
    Let’s leave out the complete failure of the UN and US overseas Policy and the rise of Islamic Fundamentalism in previously stable Middle Eastern Countries since the Progressive Administrations took charge.
    War has not been history’s biggest Killer….disease, pestilence and the failures of Collectivism tainted Governments causing starvation have been!

    What a crock…

    • Tynamite

      Sorry that you are upset over a less-than-expected Christmas bonus, but people aren’t starving or dying from AIDS at nearly the rate they used to be.


      • Benjamin Ghazi

        The total number of people with HIV is larger this year than it was last year, it just didn’t increase quite as fast.

        • Tynamite

          Can you please share a link? And even if that is the case, is that not a victory? That we seem to be slowly but surely beating it.

          • Benjamin Ghazi

            It’s not possible to share a link to stats about 2012 infection rates because the actual statistics will not be available for another 6 to 18 months. That’s one of the problems with this article – it uses faked stats.

        • Tynamite

          Also, you almost snuck one by me… you misrepresented my statement and the article. it says people DYING from AIDS, which is what the article said, and I said, and it is stats from the past 8 years.

  • ijadfoijasofdij

    WTF is a “Jubilee”?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X7O6EDPKUSEG7JJVT34QBMTXOU jeffrey

      WTF is a “Dictionary”?

      • Benjamin Ghazi

        A talking canary?

    • PM

      WTF is a “Britain”?

  • deowll

    With the national debt of this and many other countries exploding I’m thinking this dude would have great things to say as the Titanic went down.

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      “Passengers were treated to an extraordinary concert under the stars by the ship’s band…”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1837081406 Joseph Chiu

    Just another piece of propaganda from the corrupted, biased, dishonest leftists media. You can clearly see through their leftist priority. By repeating, repeating, and repeating the lie, and guess what…..

    • PM


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CZXSVY2RUCY4HUDE3MQFDTZIE4 John

    What are these people smoking?

  • Crotte

    This is what happens when you inhale before putting pen to paper!!!!!!

  • CleanFun

    This piece is nothing short of delusional.

    – There is widespread civil unrest in the middle East of the likes that has never been recorded before in the history of mankind.

    – The United States and several other countries have had their credit downgraded multiple times for the first time since their establishment.

    – The US is spearheading simultaneous armed conflicts in no less than 5 countries.

    – Unemployment, inflation, and the devaluation of both the USD and the Euro are at a critical apex.

    – Freedoms and Liberties are being stripped away from all peoples across the globe, but especially here in the homeland.

    – Iconic companies that have been producing jobs and goods since before we were born are closing their doors.

    – Drugs are running rampant, the government is illegally running guns across the border in hopes of creating a pretext to strip away even more rights of the people.

    – Violent crimes in the UK are higher than even the US, and the UK doesn’t even allow guns.

    I could go on for pages. Suffice to say that this is the most outlandish propaganda piece that I’ve ever read.

    • Tynamite

      Yet all of the statistics they listed seem backed up by solid references. I keep saying this, but if you see a gun policy debate as hurting your freedom, and a bigger negative than less starvation in Africa, your priorities are out of order.

      Can you name some freedoms you have personally lost recently? Because I can name quite a few that have been gained.

      • Benjamin Ghazi

        Chicago is more than halfway towards their goal of having 10,000 video cameras linked to a central police facility for monitoring the populace. Are Chicagoans freer because of that?

        • Tynamite

          Did the central government do that or was it done at a local level? I suspect you are a proponent for more power to states? On the other hand, gay’s can serve in the military openly, and in many place (probably every blue state in the next 15 years) be able to get married and not have to live like second class citizens. I would say that is more freedom.

          • Benjamin Ghazi

            100% of Chicagoans – and 100% of the people who visit the city – are affected by being observed by some of the 10,000 cameras that have been / will be installed by 2014.

            Fewer than 5% of Chicagoans are directly affected by gay marriage.

            It’s obvious that you have your own priorities.

      • Benjamin Ghazi

        BTW, how could the stats be backed by solid references since reliable statistics on these topics are never released during the year and usually don’t appear until one to two years after the end of the year.

  • Oh Well

    “The best written and most entertaining” propoganda ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Benjamin Ghazi


  • rcuth

    This author obviously spent the bulk of 2012 stoned out of his mind.

  • CleanFun

    It appears the Ministry of Truth is hard at work today.

    Your chocolate rations have increased by 3 ounces!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.gilpin.73 Tom Gilpin

    lying duche

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1546160357 Terry McEntire

    Well if you can’t believe the UN…

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      The UN is as effective at achieving its charter as its predecessor (The League of Nations) was at fulfilling its charter, which was to prevent WWII.

  • altfactor

    If that’s the case, maybe once the global economy really begins to hum again, we may very well have a golden age of prosperity, that may be shared by most of the global popuilation.

    Hopefully, we’ll also have an era of lasting peace.

    Season’s Greetings and Happy 2013!

    • Steve

      Take a look at all the bloodshed, rioting and mayhem that is going on in the Middle East before you say that. Egyptian new constitution is going to ignore slavery and women’s rights, as well as gay rights. Sharia Law is their next step. Things not quiet in Turkey, Syria, Lybia and Gaza….

      Era of peace and prosperity?

      • Tynamite

        Yeah, in AMERICA we only ignore women’s right’s and gay rights, BUT NOT THE OTHER TWO!

        • Steve

          At least we have a Bill of Rights. I haven’t abused any women or gays, lately. Have you?

        • Steve

          When was the last time you abused a woman or a gay person? I don’t see the law abusing either.

  • D-Dash

    Don’t believe your lying bank account or 401K. Really, you’re doing awesome!

    • Tynamite

      If you think that is a greater reflection of how we are doing compared to say, less people starving to death, then your priorities are all mixed up. Also, my 401k is going gangbusters in the last few years. The market us up like 6000 points.

      • D-Dash

        If you believe that nonsense propaganda then your brain cells are all mixed up. But what can you expect from an Obama sycophant?

  • TracieM

    Prosperity? Might be true for some, but not all. As a result of a divorce, current economic conditions, being a former stay-at-home mom and currently an employee who works full time on a comission only basis, I am struggling just to keep a roof over my head. I see the struggles the economy has placed on my customers daily basis. My income in years prior to this was less than $30,000, this year its less than $20,000. I continue to look for another job and know that with perseverance I will find something that will better my life. I can say that poverty isn’t fun. The sacrifies I make just to survive, most people wouldn’t understand. There is a frustration that exists and a futility that is a constant struggle to overcome. I know that I will resolve this and am confidant that it will improve. So, maybe that’s enough to be properous…to just improve life to the point of not being scared all the time.

    • dave

      Maybe you shouldn’t have got divorced.

      • CleanFun

        Agree, but a 2 income household shouldn’t be required to keep a roof over your head.

      • TracieM

        wow… maybe I’m better off with this struggle than being in a bad marriage.

      • Benjamin Ghazi

        Maybe the divorce wasn’t her idea or maybe her spouse was a jerk or became an alcoholic or druggie.

  • http://twitter.com/midnighttoker96 Buck Martin

    In Ohio, fracking is poisoning wells and possibly causing earthquakes.

    • DrDean

      Prove it. Just because natural gas appears in a well does not mean that fracking is at fault – and in the vast majority of the cases it is not.

      I owned an environmental remediation company for 20 years. Natural gas appears quite naturally in aquifiers (and so wells) naturally more often than people think. Show us exactly what methodology was used to determine the gas entered the aquifer due to fracking and not due to natural processes.

      • slamradio

        show us exactly what methodology was used to determine the gas entered the aquifer due to natural process and not due to fracking. the wells were fine before fracking came to town…

        • DrDean

          What town? What wells? Why not be specific? Fracking leaves a chemical footprint that can be traced. So does natural gas. It is relatively easy to determine the source of any contamination. Bear in mind too that aquifers change and water tables change as well as a result of natural forces.

        • Benjamin Ghazi

          Obama benefitted from fracking in Ohio. The state saw a decline in unemployment down to 7.2% in September, largely due to natural gas production from fracking. So go talk to your hero about fracking.

    • DukeCanuck


  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.r.stroup Scott Ryan Stroup

    Liberal Fantasy

  • http://www.facebook.com/nelson.kari Nelson Kari

    Somebodies been smoking something and it ain’t tobacco!

  • Steve

    I am glad the rest of the world is doing great. Meanwhile we are getting worse. Pretty soon we will be just another ghetto nation…of course that is the plan….

  • runnindeer

    The writers of this article have not listened to the average American during this year from hell. For everyone that I have known in my lifetime that is living now and from some who died earlier in the year I heard how” this has been with out a doubt the worse year of their lives. ” While this writer spouts how the world has grown better the facts point that this writer is so full of BS that it’s a wonder the person can even see. Perhaps that’s the problem with said writer. BS up to the eye balls!

  • Ilio

    Wow…..the Koolaid’s gettin DEEP.

  • DonDowner

    This guy should visit California some time – with the nation’s highest taxes, highest unemployment rate and jobs leaving faster than you can say Jack Robinson. We’re the nations 50th most “Business Friendly” state. Frankly, it’s just getting worse and worse, thanks to a poorly led, left-wing labor-union loving boobs who are more interested in their own job preservation than any liberal cause they purport to savor. What a mess 2012 has been.

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      In ten years, California’s economy has fallen from fifth to ninth place in the entire world!

      Aren’t liberal policies and corrupt Dem politicians doing a fantastic job in California?

  • Sea Rock

    … “Why 2012 was the best year ever …Never in the history of the world has there been less hunger, less disease and more prosperity” …

    … if you’re going to believe that … you’ll believe anything …

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KRKRU6T7OPENQTENOPKDE7MGYA Christopher

    Yes, isn’t life on credit and on the dole grand?

  • Talkradio

    Puff the Magic Dragon.. Clearly the clown that wrote this is high on something.
    What a joke. We’re in an Obama Depression, the country is off the rails, and this
    guy is saying this is the best of times? What a bad joke.

  • Harry_Balzak

    Communism and Socialism accompanied by other Tyrannical Dictatorial regimes has killed hundreds of millions, throughout history. We’ll have to see where Islam takes us with regards to death tolls in the coming century as organized religion is not free of culpability as well. 2012 the best year ever? please pass the pipe, and baggy, of whatever your smoking. Let’s get this party started December 21st is on a Friday…..

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      Liberals look at that this way – if people die, then they can’t suffer from hunger, disease, injury, live in poverty, etc., so it’s OK when liberal policies result in death. And their absence results in reduced unemployment numbers plus someone else gets their wealth!

  • CleanFun

    Out of 632 comments, 629 know the writer of this propaganda is out of their mind. At least I know the people can still think for themselves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Crows/100004046164944 Jim Crows

    The Holy Bible

    2Petter 3:10

    But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bjorn.talvi Bjorn Talvi

    Well, 2013 will be really interesting – let us prepare for the food shortages, as it is chaos turn to reign…

  • Jim1937

    I’d say someone who wrote this has been puffing something illegal in most states.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.barkley.75 Brian Barkley

    Zoo animals live longer than free ones but like those animals I would prefer to be free.

  • Longhunter

    “Never in the history of the world has there been less hunger, less disease and more prosperity”

    Or more smoke being blown up people’s asses who are too stupid to know any better.

  • agreatsign

    Horse hockey!
    Try telling all this to the family of my friend who lost his job two years ago, fell into depression and drank himself to death.
    Here in America 2012 stunk and 2013 promises to be even worse under the rotten leadership of our Marxist in chief and his party of progressive ruination.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000293387914 Linda Jones

    2012 the best? Ha ha ha ha ha! Here I thought it was Christmas and find it is April’s Fools.

  • mikewaller

    It would be amazing if a country as large and wealthy as the US did not have the finest healthcare facilities imaginable. It is therefore entirely predictable that the wealthy from elsewhere will travel there for treatment. However, the thing that continues to amaze all but the most self-obsessed Europeans and Canadians is America’s seeming content at making wealth the criterion for access. We have no intention of giving the poor Rolls-Royces, but to let someone died or suffer a seriously impaired life for want of money strikes us as reprehensible. But, as they say, each to his own!

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      I am delighted that you have offered to share all of your possession with the less fortunate!

      Doing so will help the world far more than if you created and ran a successful business that provided jobs and a valuable product or service.


  • Alandis

    Are they giving out cool-aid “Enemas” now? On the taxpayer dollar I bet?


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Scott/1001794628 John Scott

    1 Thessalonians 5:3 (New Living Translation) – When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then
    disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains
    begin. And there will be no escape.

    To think that war has been reduced is folly. The same people writing this garbage opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which are most likely part of the reason death by war has been so low this decade. The concept that the world’s most powerful military machine might come knocking on your door has a chilling effect on troublemakers. But rest assured, four more years of “We’re sorry, we won’t do it again” from Obama will totally reverse the effect and you can see the results of your Pollyanna view of the world.

    I almost puked when I read how happy the author(s) of this piece were that Western economies were failing and reducing their carbon emissions. When the Western world is no longer consuming the products that the Eastern world is getting rich selling to them, how do you think the Eastern world is going to continue to grow? We are at that tipping point now, and you will soon see the results of a WORLDWIDE depression. All of that “progress” will revert, and those who lose the most will strike out the most and try to take what they think is rightfully theirs. War, poverty, and disease will follow.

    So yeah, enjoy your statistical victories for now, because they will not last. This “emergence” of wealth in the non-developed countries has not been through the creation of wealth, but by redistribution. Look no further than the USSR and Eastern Europe to see how that turns out.

  • BajaDreamer

    Someone please tell me what the author has been smoking so I can get some! What a load!

  • محمد هو الاستغلال الجنسي للأطف

    the author is clearly an idiot, but then again this is the Spectator and nobody expects anything better.

    Seriously, when was the last time anyone said
    . . . it must be true because I read it in the Spectator …?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronald.slater.77 Ronald Slater

    This is how you write when you’re high.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lawrence-D-Wood/100000005183099 Lawrence D. Wood

    What?! Where have these idiots been and what they been on?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528771266 Jude Bentley

    Yea, it was because the LOOTED the US Treasury!!!!!!!!!

  • Scott Nudds


    Material progress in the socialist states is nicely outstripping the failed American state.

    My congratulations to the Socialist nations and the U.N. for their great success.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wdhowellsr William D Howell

    You might want to check if you have any polps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/allan.holley.9 Allan Holley

    What rock have you been sleeping under? There is more hunger today than ten years ago. More people are being killed daily than ever in history. Wake up and check your facts. The Radical Islamics are killing more people every day than any time in history, except in all out war. People cannot raise crops to feed the population due to the dought and the fear of being killed. Someone is probably paying you to distribute what yo have written.

  • Ironbob

    What planet are they referring to?

  • Jajl

    Tragic how easy the author overlooks the millions of babies torn apart in what was made to be a safe place, the wombs of their mothers. Yes, its been a banner year for the merchants of death in Planned Parenthood`s offices around the globe, what a crying shame.

  • drwho2

    Who or what is this rag?

  • poppyw

    Yes, I would think that if you are a hedonist,you’ve had it good in this brash, bawdy society. Born and raised in this country, a Christian, I feel like that pilgrim in a strange land. I feel hemned-in by a growing authoritarian, athiestic central government. So many rules, regulations, survailance. I cannot fly because I will not subject myself to a “legalized” (only because police officials, for some reason, permit the feds) sexual assault. The Banksters payoff our congress to obtain our treasure because somehow, the bankers are entitled tp million dollar bonuses. The feds can run a fast and furious gun scheme designed to cast aspersions on the second amendment which results in many people killed, but no one goes to jail. Former high govt official Corsini as CEO pf an investment giant steals a billion dollars out of private accounts and doesn’t go to jail. No, I must be a pilgrim in a strange country, because in this country, the crooks are in charge!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.mcclelland.39 Chris McClelland

    I hope he wasn’t referring to America. Hunger,homelessness and government dependency has reached the highest point in the past 4 years under Obama since the great depression.
    MORE people in America have lost everything they owned and worked for in the past 4 years than they have in the past 30.

    • batmanroxus

      That’s why they think it’s the best…

  • batmanroxus

    Oh yeah, it’s the best, if your a radical leftist who appreciates oppression and the socialist agenda, more people on welfare than ever before and paying for it with borrowed money. How could it be any better?

  • slamradio

    things have improved dramatically for the world at large, just not for anyone who lives in a country that would actually have access to this article…

  • http://twitter.com/slayerdahlia chris hasty

    wars/revolutions: afgahinstan, iraq, syria, iran, egypt, lybia. economic: america, greece, spain, italy, france, etc. What in the hell are you talking about? “The below is the first article of the Christmas double issue of The Spectator, the best-written and most entertaining magazine in the English language”. Says it all about the authors ego.

  • http://twitter.com/MBAmom Jane Perzyk

    I downloaded The Spectator because of the free issue. However, I must pay $5.99 to the App Store for the free issue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.fenner3 Michelle Fenner

    what a piece of crap!

  • http://www.facebook.com/glennpm Glenn P Morris

    Stats in this article of the potential for humanity on our planet are impressive.
    Yet not one poster on this site has refuted the article in specific data.
    Regardless the doomsayers, we have and will make progress.
    Rally on!

  • frankie

    2012 was the best year ever. -Spongebob

  • midnight2u

    What world are you talking about. This world is in very sad shape and not getting better. The rich get richer and the middle class and the poor get the shaft. Rights are being shred from us more everyday. Not a good time for this world. We are on the brink of the greatest war this world has ever seen. Everyday I see video and photo’s of children being killed or left to die of disease and neglect. So please live in your dream world but don’t try and tell me what I see is not real or bad.

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      “Everyday I see video and photo’s of children being killed or left to die of disease and neglect.”

      So if you saw no photos, then you’d feel better?

      What counts is NOT your subjective and personal experience, but statistics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Johnny-De-Haan/719642164 Johnny De Haan

    Talk about seeing the glass half full

  • http://www.facebook.com/janet.prasad.5 Janet Prasad

    Wonder where they got that idea? such un-educated people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alvin-Marcott/100002089370135 Alvin Marcott

    remember folks: war is peace and freedom is slavery :-)

  • http://snickersnackbaby.blogspot.com/ David Ferguson

    The Spectator has 16 trillion reasons why that 2012 was the best year ever. In fact, Time magazine will name the US National Debt the Person of the Year.

  • http://twitter.com/C41151GNwh1t3y Bill

    “The Peace Research Institute in Oslo says there have been fewer war deaths in the last decade than any time in the last century.”

    Dear author, you’re an idiot. Who compares a decade to a century?

    Also, you may have had a great year, but billions of other people are suffering, you dimwit.

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      He doesn’t compare a decade to a century.

      He’s comparing one decade to all other decades in the last century.

  • William556

    Let’s be generous and assume this article is correct. How well do they think things will be once the Western Economies finally collapse? Take a step back even from that: what will happen when inflation picks up in the West, as it will, because of the printing of vast sums of unneeded money? What will happen to these Third World economies once Western currencies have been debased to parity or worse with them?

    That’s not even counting the likelihood of another major war, etc.

  • htown trucker

    I guess if you are a liberal progessive taker, then it has been the best year ever. If you happen to be in the group pulling the wagon, its been a pretty crappy year.

  • Spencer

    The only prosperity has been for JPM-C and Goldman-Sachs, even as they hold many times over the worlds GDP in derivatives. As the federal Reserve debases the U.S. currency it hurts the other nations in the world that hold the dollar, that is the real cause of the Arab-Spring. Those that live closest to the edge get pushed over it as commodity prices rise even just a small amount for us. Sure the i-pad is cheaper…, just try to eat one, or sell it for anything close to what you paid. Fools.

    • Benjamin Ghazi

      ” they hold many times over the worlds GDP in derivatives.”

      You misrepresent the value of derivatives by over-counting them.

      Suppose two people agree to flip a quarter and the winner gets to keep that $0.25.

      Then a couple of other people come by and agree to bet on the results the coin toss…and then a few more come by as well. Then to hedge their bets, some people who bet heads also bet tails.

      You are adding all the bets and saying that’s the total. However, if Tim and Mary bet $10 against each other, that’s only $10, not $20 – which is what your tally says.

      Now imagine that Tim and Mary also bet $2 each on the opposite side (hedging), then their exposure is only $8 – but in your math, it would be $10 plus $10 plus $2 plus $2 – or a total of $24, or three times the amount of the real bet.

  • Tynamite

    I keep reading people saying how this is fluff, and maybe it is, but back up your counter arguments with references. Every other post I read says the author cherry-picked statistics, says they are wrong, and then provides nothing to back up their own claim. Yes, the western economy is suffering a bit, but aids rates, and starvation going down seems like good news, no? And of much great importance considering we’re comparing starving children to some American’s light Christmas bonus.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dutra123123 Joe Dutra

    April Fools

  • Spencer

    Mosquitoes? No, Government is the worlds biggest Killer, and has been for a very long time. Government is the Enemy of the People!

  • anAmericanMom

    —-Why 2012 was the best year ever
    Never in the history of the world has there been less hunger, less disease and more prosperity—–

    What World planet are YOU referring to? Tinfoil hat I see..

  • pugilist66

    Best year in history? Methinks liberals smoke a little too much of that whackey tobaccey lol

  • Benjamin Ghazi

    I guess this means the USA can reduce the amount we give to other nations and to the UN.

  • anAmericanMom


    — the best-written and most entertaining magazine in the English language–

    Yes and ELF visited the WORLDS BEST COFFEE shop!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-McGraw/1812188022 John McGraw

    What an idiot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1001841354 Dave Speller

    I suppose this is true if you have a government position.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Bracken/100000877513836 Bruce Bracken

    The writer is patently and demonstrably wrong in his/her assertions…
    I mean, really? Half the article are from the gut assertions that have no basis in fact whatsoever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Rilott/100002483923935 Kevin Rilott

    We are still murdering millions of babies by abortion – and the souls who support the murder of these babies will go to hell – not a good year for pro-choicers.

  • Buypass

    I want a job with these guys. I always wanted to work drunk outta my mind.

  • Tommy Flores

    I guess it’s just depends on who you ask. If you ask me, I say not just no, but hell no!

  • Marv

    Typical NWO bullshit.

  • TestSalad

    Poor white Americans; you’re such a victim. You can’t think anything is worse in the world than your own situation.

    • Tynamite

      This message board is sickening. People complaining that our economy is slow when the article is about babies not dying in Africa due to advances. My suspicion is that most people did not read the article. It was linked on Drudge Report…

      • TestSalad

        Yep, drudge links to it and all the drones swarm to it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000892728549 John Newhouse

        No it’s not. Africa took up a single (small) paragraph in this article. My suspicion is that you didn’t read it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessegmckay Jesse McKay

    Although there are thousands of reasons that 2012 was the worst year in memory, let’s go with just a scant few of them:

    1. The 2012 US Presidential election was a contest between a communist and a capitalist; a total fraud and a successful businessman; entitlement and prosperity; big government and self-government; arguably the biggest liar of our generation and the one capable executive with the confidence to talk about America’s real problems, and on November 6 we chose the liar.

    2. Despite all efforts, ObamaCare will now go forward in the new year and there is basically no way to block or reverse it until 2017.

    3. The sole accomplishment of the past year, the “fiscal cliff” scenario, which was created to compel the biggest spender of all time to become a spending cutter, has become a trillion-dollar game of chicken and just about every conservative on the radar screen is clucking,

    • Tynamite

      Not quite sure you understand what a communist actually is…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003486352504 Jon Doe

    If I racked up as many credit cards as I could get approved for and maxed them all out, I too would have my “greatest year ever!!””… Its the years that follow when I am up to my neck in debt that I will never be able to pay back that would be the problem. Now go check our national debt and get some perspective about this so called “greatest year ever”. And that is with giving the fools making this claim the benefit of the doubt. They are probably still calling the return of the islamic caliphate rising in the middle east the “pro democracy arab spring”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Winchester/1503164950 Sam Winchester

    As a nationalist, I can care less about how the rest of the world is doing. I’ll let you globalist worry about that. In this country, we are in decline.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1189823406 Bonnie Dudley

    George Bush made the world such a much safer place. Thank goodness.

  • JeddMcHead

    “The West remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries are charging ahead…” Well, yeah, BECAUSE the West remains in economic doldrums (thanks, Barry).

  • http://www.facebook.com/thad.thoreaux Thad Thoreaux

    Author also would call September 11th 2001, an “okay” day for America.

  • JIm

    Are you kiding me we have the highest percent of people on food stamps and welfare
    in the history of this country and you call this prosperity. Get a life.

    • Tynamite

      If, on a global scale, you put equal importance on food stamps in America to people not starving to death in Africa, I think you might need your head examined.

    • Tynamite

      Also, this is obviously written from a Brit’s perspective.

  • rbolles

    Let the 2013 Brain Washing from the Communists begin………..
    The weak minded are ripe for the picking………..
    The US liberal is so uninformed but think that they are the best informed leads way to total mind control of them by the government……….
    They are the smartest of the smart …just ask anyone of them.
    2012 – The best year ever of having more people dependent on federal assistance, food stamps, food banks, handouts of every kind just to stay this side of starvation and homelessness……..oh yeah! the Communists have done a great job of convincing stupid people that when they are barely making it that they are actually doing great.
    Good god….these people vote and that is why BO is president.

  • http://twitter.com/puamdefoke Kate Briga

    This article is a joke right?

    Or someone won a lottery and was piss high the entire year,..

  • AingealCaithim

    You have to be smoking some serious weed to believe what you wrote.. Time for a reality check.. None of the above is true. Get your head out of Odams butt

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001939435114 Cheryl Marinko

    Well, if this is true, I guess this American woman can stop giving to charity abroad (even though my work hours have been cut) and start thinking more about people at home, eh?

  • David Hall

    Awful writing that appears to not be concerned with letting facts get in the way. No wonder no ones name was attributed to this fairy tale.

    • Fraser Nelson

      you may have noticed a hyperlink. It’s the words coloured in red. Click on them, and they take you to the source for the claim.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000401311109 Edward Riepe

    At the expense of suffering Americans. It is time to stop the madness. Act like our forefathers.

  • K M

    “The West remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries are charging ahead, and people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded.”
    George Orwell 1984 “Newspeak”?

    Or…. simply another leftist proclaiming how the UN global socialist redistribution of wealth (agendas) are alive and strong…?

  • Don’t Tread on Me

    “It’s not that America’s storms are mild; but that it has the money to
    cope. As developing countries become richer, we can expect the death
    toll from natural disasters to diminish — and the same UN extrapolations
    that predict such threatening sea-level rises for Bangladesh also say
    that, in two or three generations’ time, it will be as rich as Britain.”

    But we (America) DON’T have the money to cope. It all is getting paid for on credit. Our future generations are doomed to be saddled with our extravagance, and when the bill collector appears at the door, there won’t be money to pay (but would you take New Jersey and the Brooklyn Bridge?…)

  • http://www.facebook.com/francois.lucet.7 Francois Lucet

    You mustbe living in GAGA world just return from Africa and Asia,never saw so much misery and hillness,WAKE UP WITH YOUR INSOLENCE.. It is incroyable to come up with so much crap….

  • PatThe Rat

    You Brits must be high on some seriously high-quality marijuana. There is NO WAY this has been the “best year ever” unless you are stoned.

    • Fraser Nelson

      or if you can read statistics… cheaper, and legal.

  • sameolbs

    That’s depressing…for those of us here in the USA. When you have a congressman that thinks an island can topple over if it get overpopulated, you know we’re doomed. I’m not kidding. Look it up.

  • Itsy_bitsy

    Sorry! Can’t imagine what you have been smoking, but in the US things are not rosy! We are facing financial ruin, with a President who is behind us, and pushing us closer to the cliff than we can imagine! He won’t be happy until we are ruined, but then maybe somewhere in the world that will make someone happy! Like the followers radical Islam! Obama has made 2012 a heyday for them, without question!

  • Bladeistrue

    Tall claims with NO stated evidence – Besides numerous other independent studies, many from activist groups as well, the UN’s own studies (with their constant Liberal humanitarian whining) refute most all of this article’s claims. Either this is more crappy journalism or purposed bias propaganda to slam the West.

    • Fraser Nelson

      the words in red are hyperlinks, which take you to the evidence. UN Human Development Index backs up all the above.

  • Marie Browning

    Sorry, not buying what you are selling.

  • Contrarianthefirst

    Somehow, you puppets in the media expect us to buy this BS.
    Have you watched a farmer in India commit suicide, because of you Master’s GMO? No?
    Have you been to a funeral because of your “Pulitzer Peace Prize” winning murderer?
    I didn’t think so.

    It seems we are surrounded by educated idiots, and the “author” of this piece no doubt feels comfortable in “it’s” surroundings.

  • L man 31

    Erm….. what are they on and what are they thinking??!!!!??!?!?!?!!?!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/larry.waddell.98 Larry Waddell

    Perhaps the west should try capitalism like the emerging countries. Of course they don’t care about destroying the environment to get ahead. If they had to give everyone everything and live under western regulations their economies would probably suck too.

  • Edwin Finnerty

    What a piece of shit article. I can’t believe you guys even let it get you so worked up.

  • quest

    LIES >>>>

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7YIUZMXOD5JGZZTCYMVA75KFU Shadow

    If you believe this BS, which cannot be substantiated, you must be an Obama voter.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GOLO2Z2SMWSOJID42BZNXK3B4M Jersey Jeepster

    Is the author talking about Earth? What planet does the author live on?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tex-Taylor/1279760816 Tex Taylor

    Whatever this loon is smoking or swallowing, we all need some of it. Get a load of this rot: “But the speed of New York City’s recovery shows a no-less-spectacular resilience.”

    Yeah, ask Staten Island about the speed of the recovery. The feckless U.S. government all but didn’t show up. If it wasn’t for the neighbors and volunteers from all over the U.S., Staten Island would still be a retaining pond.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GOLO2Z2SMWSOJID42BZNXK3B4M Jersey Jeepster

      ” If it wasn’t for the neighbors and volunteers from all over the U.S., Staten Island would still be a retaining pond.”
      That would be the neighbors and volunteers who were able to avoid the union thugs who were turning back helpers from other states with the threat of violence toward anyone who tried to “steal their jobs” and pitch in to help the victims of Sandy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000694159808 Bobby Jackson


  • dean29685


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GPKINCUOPQI3P2JM5PGIDBS56M Sharon

    More unemployment. More incivility. More division. It was not the best year ever by any means. Too many are out of work. There are too many wars.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gus.seals Gus Seals

    Totally. Stupid.

  • John Gradner

    Factual and well written but it goes against the drumbeat of negativity so prevalent amongst the supposed “prudent and wise”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessegmckay Jesse McKay

    Continuing reasons that 2012 has been the worst year in memory:

    4. Other countries (France, for example) are copying the Obama model of “state capitalism,” calling it “modern” and “beneficial.” But state capitalism doesn’t work and has never worked.

    5. It’s been a long year, and has even one Secret Service agent or employee been fired because of the prostitution scandal in Colombia? Has one person been fired for bungling Benghazi? Has one person been held to account for the crazy graft and corruption in this administration? Anyone…?

    6. Are North Korea, Iran, and Syria less dangerous or more dangerous today than January 1st? How about Iraq? Has Iraq been wobbling back to Islamofascism? Is that why the “unnecessary” war is now renewing with 3,000 American troops?

  • OlderWoman

    Given this headline, maybe the blacks will stop screaming racism about everything since they’re so well-fed, and have more wealth. This article is complete and utter bull shite.

    • PM

      Ah yes, still linked to by Drudge, just checking.

  • betazoid

    It’s all downhill from here, fellahs…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Long/1241260458 Chris Long


  • yo momma

    Good God..
    What a stupid, convoluted attempt as reasoning..


    Hitler wrote in his book, Mein Kampf that, “a big lie “repeated” over and over and over again, will soon become accepted and believed by all!” That’s what this article is an example of. It’s the ONLY way the liberal agenda can become pushed.

    • historyguy48

      Actually that came from the American Ad Man, Bernaise. Gobbels repeated it though. many times.

  • historyguy48

    What a bunch of nonsense! Africa redefines the word “catastrophe”. A major war in the Middle East is imminent and the last bastion of freedom, America, was taken over by the communists.
    Yep, it was a great year. But only if you are blind, dumb and stupid.

  • Sally

    And you could say that last year, and the year before that, and the decade before that, and the century before that…what do you think progress is??? HELLO????? Stupid Brits!!!!

  • zeebraa

    I guess it is true ….anyone one can write anything right wrong or indifferent

  • Northern_Witness

    Your reference to fracking as an antidote to energy shortages omits mention that the fracking chemicals are killing people and permanently poisoning environments. Short term “gains” that come with long term disabilities are not the characteristics of a solution but rather attest to the egocentric greed of the oil producers.

    • historyguy48

      Get your facts right. Fracking has been done for decades without any problems whatsoever, except trumped up phoney hit pieces the “greens” have thrown around.

      • Northern_Witness

        Oh please, get a grip on reality. Or are you are stooge of the fracking industry?

        • historyguy48

          Perhaps you should learn what you are writing about. Unless you’re a greenie, then little things like truth are irrelevant.
          It’s not all that hard to obtain the truth.

          • Northern_Witness

            There are scores of news stories re fracking damage and fatalities. Buy a newspaper occasionally.

          • historyguy48

            Try doing actual research yourself instead of reading some fools bias. Real information is easily obtained instead of the blathering of fools.

    • AtlasObjectivist

      No, you are lying or greatly misinformed. By the way Josh Fox has been exposed as a fraud.

      • Northern_Witness

        Denial is not refutation. Oh yes, Josh Fox is not mentioned in the article. Try to stick to the point.

        • AtlasObjectivist

          The EPA has refuted it, so much so that to save face Matt Damon’s movie Promised Land had to change the premise of the movie. I am sticking to the point by mentioning the communist Josh Fox. He gave you your talking points and you are too god damn dumb to know it.

  • tinseldoll

    This article and the “double issue of The Spectator, the best-written and most entertaining magazine in the English language” made me think this was a satire and an attempt at self-deprecating humor.

    Sadly, with no author listed, we have to assume the entire “editorial” board is deranged, delusional, lacking judgement and intellectually destitute.

    Last but not least, try to tell this to the parents of 20 slayed angels in Newtown, CT and the families of 6 devoted adults working for the school.

    This heartbreaking, chilling tragedy would not have happen if Mrs. Lanza exhibited appropriate judgement and not trained her mentally ill son how to handle guns, how to shoot them and if she kept her firearm arsenal out of his reach.

    Yes, it’s largely shooter’s mother’s fault. Lack of judgement.

  • Northern_Witness

    This article is so full of nonsense it makes me wonder whether The Spectator has changed its direction and become a satirical publication similar to The Onion.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B7PAHCIZ5OTUFZVM7NX3SRWAIE Beave Village

    1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 – For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.wolf.35380 John Wolf


  • Chuck

    Seriously, what planet is the author of this article living on?

  • Brer_Orabbit

    This is not a reason to celebrate, particularly in view of the seismic political shift in Amerika.

  • http://www.facebook.com/missing.ronnier Missing Ronnier

    There is much truth here. Got to love the end-timers who have
    grown up in the “Bieber’ years and only know Bill Clinton from High School
    history class. Here is a task for some of you. Google, worst earthquake,
    volcano, flood, depression, dust storm, or fire. Guess what? None have occurred
    in your lifetime or within that of your Grand Parents.

    Search the combination of Mao/death,Stalin/death, Hitler/deaths, these totals are in the tens of MILLIONS. Knowwhat? You have it easy. The only greatest we face today is lack of balls and men to carry them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anne.crockett.73 Anne Crockett

    Is this satire?

  • Steve Roberts

    or more bs …..

  • shearwater

    The other half of Obama’s double whammy comes after January 1st, when taxes will escalate and inflation will kick in big time.

  • BuyAVote

    Most of the world, is being lifted out of poverty, using ideas that the Western countries have abandoned (business, growth, and CAPITALISM). OMG you would never hear this in a UK article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Paine/100002782187456 Thomas Paine

    Was this originally a story from The Onion?

  • greytstuff44

    Who is the closed minded, child like Liberal that wrote this?

    I couldn’t help but to notice that their is NO name attributed to this over the top work of fiction.
    It sounds like something Hillary Clinton’s GHOST WRITER would have penned.

  • http://twitter.com/desselle0010 Scott D

    Did these people got to Chicago or Detroit? How can there be wealth in a world where almost every government is trillions in debt?

  • http://www.facebook.com/boorhodes Boo Rhodes

    LOL I call BS.

  • Some1else2day

    ? Not this planet! the WORST year EVER!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME????

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerel.gruber Gerel Gruber

    Completely disagree with this article. Obviously, the US, Greece, Britain, Ireland, Spain, Italy, France and several other Eastern European countries economies are almost totally fractured at this point and have been since at least 2008. Then there is Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Uganda, Morocco, Pakistan and Afghanistan that are either in the middle of a war/revolution, or just out of one. Then there are the stagnation countries like Japan (not including their nuclear devastation), South Korea, Indonesia, India, Mexico, Argentina and yes China whose economies are back tracking or their governments are actively fighting against inflation or an increasingly stagnant domestic economy. Then there are Iran, North Korea and Venezuela that have virtually been excommunicated from the rest of the worlds economy.

    So yes, for the rest of the world excluding these countries, things may be looking up a little.

    Australia, Canada, Brazil, South Africa (not sure about this one) … possibly New Zealand and Chile (also not sure) but they’re not a reflection on the rest of the world.

    But if you realistically think that the remaining countries success rests independently of any of these other countries you’re sadly mistaken. Never before has there been a more indebted world, or one that is teetering so close to yet another world war.

    That (2012) is not something to be optimistic about at all.

  • flyboy

    America just had another record year of people going on food stamps. We continue to have people dropping out of looking for employment which artificially lowers the unemployment rate. Our national debt hit $16 trillion this year, and China has the most of it in foreign holdings. In 2012 there will be more households than ever in poverty.

    Yet these knuckle heads want to tell us it’s the best year EVER? How delusional can these idiots get???????? What are they, Obama voters with their heads up their azzes??

  • juan

    Ok.. haha! So is this from last year’s April Fool’s archive? Or is Spectator starting a new satire section to compete with ‘The Oniion’?

  • Jeff Murray


  • AtlasObjectivist

    Outstanding, now if Obama would stop holding us back and stand aside the U.S. could join those in prosperity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1268319957 Doug Schexnayder

    I guess Cuba, N. Korea, Africa moved to Jupiter…and the arrogant apostles of utopian socialism are wrecking America as fast as they can…all we hear are “1/4 of kids go hungry”, 50 million on food stamps, record jobless, record debt, record borrowing and record printing of money we do not have…will the media ever return to real journalism instead of changing socialist dirty diapers 24-7???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000892728549 John Newhouse

    TYNAMITE asked: Can you enlighten me to the freedoms you have had taken away? Because I
    can still do everything I ever wanted (more really) than I could in the
    80’s, except for not having out my my phone calls listened to. Dammit
    OBAMA! Oh wait, that was Bush wasn’t it? Where am I?
    All right. Here’s one. Before Obama, I had the RIGHT not to be FORCED
    to buy an insurance policy. Now the government forces me to engage in
    commerce. As an attorney, I can tell you that we normally don’t allow
    contracts of adhesion like this because they are UNCONSCIONABLE. But
    then again, I’m obviously not as enlightened as you, Obama, and the
    other Leftists that want to rule my life. ALSO, those WIRE TAPS you so hate, Obama HAS EXPANDED THEM TO EVERY AMERICAN whereas Bush was using them on SUSPECTED TERRORISTS. Thanks for being a dolt, Tynamite.

  • G

    What an idiot…

  • Old School

    A work of fiction, this a typical Saul Alinsky move, hahahaha!! Read his book and you’ll see Obama in every chapter!

  • trajan lodge

    What an imbecilic article!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002038451763 Doug Mortimer

    i blame it on handguns

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.kelly.3994 Tom Bass

    Someones lying lord KumBullShat
    Someones lying lord Kimbullshat

  • TootlesMcgee

    The Emperor has such fine clothes, this years finest!!!

    They have never been finer! 99 weeks of unemployment for yeh!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000013054779 Joseph McLinden

    Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining. I was here in America this year, and I know the difference between the liberal BS-speak and the truth. This year sucked for millions of Americans without jobs, and NO prospect for jobs unless they were illegal aliens or government workers who can’t be fired, or union goons. America, wake up and start calling these jerks in the media out.

  • Dan Morgan

    Best year ever? Bull $h1t!

  • Cathy

    This has to be someone being funny. They can’t really mean this as a factual article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/allan.mcnay.1 Allan McNay

    Can’t believe I wasted my time reading this bull. Best year ever? The blogger needs to drop that crack pipe and back away from the computer.

  • GeneZ

    “Never in the history of the world has there been less hunger, less disease and more prosperity.”… Come to think of it. If this is the best? That is bad news.

  • ccimm

    Smoking crack are we spectator?

  • Makka2000

    With the exception of Detroit.

  • Grace656

    Rewriting history to reinforce a fallacy that supports your ideology is like, well, lying.

  • jcvolt

    One of the worst years I remember.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ricky.rick.524381 Ricky Rick

    Wow look around we have everything yet we have nothing. We have all the things of this earth but love no one but ourselves. Congratulations on your success.

  • RealWorldToday

    The world prospers through capitalism and the USA is being dragged into the failed policies of socialism.

    Incentives to create medical and technological developments are threatened with huge tax hikes in the USA. Achievement is now frowned upon.

    All the while, our president conducts military strikes at will on foreign soil.

    The USA seems completely out of step with the rest of the world.

  • NotKennedy

    Such is the condition of training in history? Be well, live in that insular world that sustains such beliefs. The real world will kick your foolish bottom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000267686930 Chet Cole Barrett

    Best year ever? Are you totally out of your mind! What a fool!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1481116446 Robert Iacomacci

    Is there any plan to send an old man to Mars? Do they need volunteers to go to the moon? Do they need a person to volunteer for a one way mission?

  • nadacommie

    I wonder what this writer was smoking.

  • gotham1883

    Just when everything seems permit, wham.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rob.curcio1 Rob Curcio

    Lmao!!! Sounds like some new world order communist trying to convince himself that this shitstorm in the world doesn’t exist. I bet the folks in the Middle East are just ecstatic at how great things are. What an idiot.

  • snoopy

    Such a great year??? But I thought it was the hotest year on record!!! Therefore — global warming is GOOD for the world!! Just what is the proper global temp?? And once we get it there – how do we keep it?? Just askin

  • Bostonmoose

    Please forward whatever drugs you are on to my house.
    Thank you.

  • Stephen Boone

    Well OF COURSE it is. The Messiah, The Mahdi, The Obama, whatever has come to earth. If only Saddam and the Taliban were still running Iraq and Afghanistan it would be perfect. Oh, well. At least we still have Putin and Castro and Chavez and the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • Sander

    Maybe it is just me. But I didn’t think Canada was a country in 1812.

  • RightStuff1944

    I thought Jimmy Carter’s term, and Bill Clinton’s second term in office were as bad as it could get. Barack Obama, the polarizer, has topped both of them for crudeness and stupidity.

  • docwhocuts

    no comment on inflation or freedom?

    I call abject BS propaganda.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Vincent/1491020981 Jason Vincent

    No offense, but if you think 2012 was a good year then y’all are delusional.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JKSKM3PLRJGNWBAVVER7V4TLJQ Chris

    I’d like to take this moment to ask the people of Syria if they think this is the best year ever. I’d also like to ask those starving in North Korea as well as the people of Tibet if they’re happy with their current lots in life and are being lifted up as the article seems to think.

    I’m not sure whether to laugh at this thing or cry that some actually took the time to write and that an editor actually put it up.

  • Ron May

    This article is so incorrect. 43 million Americans are using food stamps. Unemployment is still historically high. Our society has totally broken down. Ex: the horrible tragedy in stontown. The beautiful children between 5-7 yrs old were brutally shot down. So much promise, so much potential. The people who wrote this article are so out of touch with reality.

  • . .

    due to carbon based energy.

  • Allen

    Wow…and they say Americans are naive? Is this for real?

  • John Slabinski

    What a bunch of $ h ! t

    • muckfexico2

      Dinosaur $ H I T !

      • Richard

        Probably would feel like the best year ever if you’d locked yourself in the basement with a years supply of heroin, LOL…

  • rolandAmigo

    “It may not feel like it, but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world.”

    If it doesn’t feel like it, then it ain’t

  • muckfexico2

    WELL, what a STATEMENT. One thing, I buy osoe of whatever your smoking or ingesting!….I want to fog my brain like yours!!!!!

  • muckfexico2

    Did you notice that there is NO NAME on this article. It could have been computer generated?????!!

    • PM

      Did you NOTICE THAT in the comments, Fraser Nelson put his name it?????!!

      It’s not usual for leader articles to be signed, but there seemed to be lots of people who took exception to this, so he responded, and did so politely.

  • MnkyLv

    Efficiency in a global capitalist system doesn’t lead to more savings but more consumption. That’s because underutilized resources need to be used to obtain more profits. With that, demand destruction in rich countries is taking place not because of efficiency but because of unemployment coupled with high food and oil prices.

    The same high oil and food prices has led to what is essentially non-recovery, a recession that has continued for four years, with problems now spreading to other countries, including developing ones which are experiencing economic “growth” only because investors fearful of economic problems in developed nations are moving to them, thus creating the same conditions for more credit crisis: increasing debt.

    Global inequality may have gone down, but the trendline is upward: two hundred-fold the last two centuries. The largest component now involves between $600 trillion to over $1.2 quadrillion in unregulated derivatives. Will governments have enough credit to cover fallout from that? As it is, the global economy reeled from a 2008 crash that involved “only” a trillion dollars in subprime lending leading to over $30 trillion vaporized worldwide.

    The issue isn’t money that’s used to cope with natural calamities but the resources that money can buy. Conventional oil production has barely gone up since 2005, and we are making up for increasing demand by using non-conventional sources which have lower energy returns. Meanwhile, the continued credit crisis has now led to calls for cuts in spending in many parts of the world while the effects of global warming can be seen in major floods and droughts which have disrupted food production, manufacturing, and mining in different parts of the world.

    Finally, multiple organizations, including the IMF, the FAO, the IEA, the U.S. and German military, and various commercial banks and insurance companies are warning of combinations of problems involving higher debt, oil production problems, and availability of food supplies for the next few years.

  • Mi@heal

    Why are the developing 3rd world country’s charging ahead. Why is America in the Doldrums and barely moving? It’s called Spread the Wealth around. Obama is sending Billions of American dollars to 3rd world dictators, socialist and Islamist nations. Not to mention the fake global warming idiots that are sending money to junk country’s to boost their economy. What do they do with the Money? Well they compete with us. Use it against us, stock pile weapons. Funny thing about this last election. America is so full of stupid people now. They raised taxes on themselves. You can’t skim the cream off the milk without affecting the butter.
    If you want a prosperous America where everyone works and are decent people get rid of the Democrat’s that are driving that Obama and Louis Car.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lloyd.hargett.7 Lloyd Hargett

    It was a great year if you hate America and love government oppression.

  • iceman3232

    Propoganda…there is no way this is true based on the fact that 80% of countries are experiencing the worse economic conditions in decades. 5 million people a year die in africa because of milaria.

  • Alphonse P Mellyweather

    Oh, give me a f*cking break! It was the WORST year in decades, you bloody twits.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlesaustin.miller.7 Charles Austin Miller

    The most absurd feel-good propaganda, on the face of it.

  • ettk45

    Is this meant to be serious?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Sheridan/100001243219577 John Sheridan

    The surveilence state certainly has had a very good year. Cameras and microphones on every corner, phones & email monitored, ‘pre-crime’ programs to declare suspicious activity, groped and prodded to enter an airport, central banks printing billions a month out of thin air and the future of the Western world transferred to Asia. Yes a very good year for the Globalist Bankers.

  • overthecoastline

    All I know is, I would trade 2012 – – the entire year – – for just one week in the ’80’s. Doesn’t matter what year – 1980 through 1989. Give me one week in that decade to re-live, and I will cheerfully give up all of 2012. And 2013, too.

  • JohaniKanada

    The leftists/statists commenting here will never let facts stand in the way of a good story, so they will inevitably continue to push the imminent-catastraphe-unless-government-saves-us agenda.

    The world would be an even better place without these holier-than-thou characters striving to control people’s lives!

  • meatwad_SSuppet

    Tell this mythology to the Palestinians* in Gaza, or to the Greeks to a lessor deadly extent, etc etc. This was just a London based “we feel good” piece, for the queen.

    *deadly strikes prompted by the killers false flag styled attacks and excuses by the illegal occupation farces. (no misspelling) But they do claim to be their gods favored ones, don’t they. Of course they do, what else would the psychopaths think of themselves. The best year ever, in your eye.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Weiss/1318734279 Jon Weiss

      Indeed, tell it to the low income people in the U.S. whom Obama promised to raise from poverty to middle class, but so far all he has done for them is to offer excuses and blame others for his failures, while raising the living standard of only one group…union members, mostly upper middle class.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Azem-Bekiri/786254288 Azem Bekiri

    what a joke.

  • Fidlin1

    2012 was the best year. Wow, I must have been somewhere else in another time.

  • PM

    OK. Still on Drudge front page this morning, evidently.

    I do understand why many people are unhappy with President Obama, and that he was re-elected in 2012, but not why these same people are so violently against the overall theme of this piece: that global capitalism and advances in technology are making things better worldwide. And that this has come about despite politicians, not because of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.emsley.37 Mark Emsley

    Fewer war deaths? really? you counting civilians? Yes I agree medial technology has improved the length of life and some of the quality of life in many cases. But the quality of life drops fast when your older self is a victim of young violent crime or killed by evil people or put into prison because of your political views or more and more controlling laws. The kind of peace you get from capitulating is horrible peace and a horrible way to live. Their are somethings worth fighting for, worth risking your life over. Liberty and Freedom

  • snuff1

    The progressives feel the west is in an irreversible state of decline. They need think nothing else to make them happy.

  • Junie3

    Yeah and 40 billion fake dollars printed per month. Looking for the headline, worst decline in the history of man.

    • Richard

      Actually, it’s just been upped to 85 billion fake dollars because 40 billion wasn’t enough…

  • http://www.facebook.com/DutchThePatriot Dutch Warren

    Sounds like U.K BS to me..checkout investigative reporter Greg Hunter who responded to the British Spectator calling 2012 the “best year ever.” http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2012/12/17

    • PM

      And stick around for the other item on the show: “Stonemason and historical detective, Jim Vieira, will discuss the ancient ceremonial structures of North America including mounds, walls and star cities, as well as the archeological evidence for giants that existed in ancient America, and the complex explanation for how this evidence could possibly be covered up.” Putting those two together, sounds like a must-listen.

  • Worry

    It is best not to contradict the deranged.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Weiss/1318734279 Jon Weiss

    Never in history “has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity”, And neer has their been more debt run up to pay for the false prosperity and frustration caused by incompetent politicians spreading a welfare state across the globe.

  • SJA

    To the people here engaging in the ever continuing stupidity of the Conservative/Liberal BS here’s an idea for you. The other side IS NOT going to go away so why don’t you try to collectively SOLVE the problem instead of playing the blame game while the ship is sinking. Of course though this statement is going to be ignored but it does need to be said

    • lawabidingcitizen

      What they don’t get is that the other side really isn’t the other side. the parties should be like different coins. But in reality they are two sides to the same coin. Both hell bent on destroying us while padding their coffers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Weiss/1318734279 Jon Weiss

      I am a “live and let live” Libertarian, the problem is that neither side is willing to give on anything. Collective solutions from either party is not likely, to the right, compromise means “free markets and all will be well” to the left it means “shut up pay taxes and do as you are told.” Neither side has valid answers and neither side is willing to compromise.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.mitchell.3954546 Bill Mitchell

    Who would have ever thought that the “best year ever” would have been almost completely financed with borrowed money? This is like me living it up on a borrowed $100k and then bragging about how “well” I was doing.

    Liberals can spin statistics to say anything. My favorite is how the Bush Tax Rate Cuts “caused the deficit” despite the fact that revenues to the Treasury GREW by 49% in the 4 years following the rate reductions. This worked splendidly until the Democrats in Congress forced banks to lend money to people with bad credit and no income and the housing bubble killed the economy.

    You see, all they need to do to “prove” the cuts caused the deficit is to count up the total cuts as a percentage of former revenues and ignore the corresponding INCREASE in revenues due to the resulting growth – oops!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Weiss/1318734279 Jon Weiss

      As I have said, since 2008. Obama’s fiscal plan is akin to an individual trying to get out of debt by maxing out all of his credit cards.

  • Patrizia

    This is the kind of news we should hear about every day!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/LotusTom thomas-purcell.com

    In other words, the West is being looted by the rest of the world in the name of fairness. I’m sure the barbarians had a good year when Rome was looted as well.

    • Jenny Dahl Bakken

      Looted, how? We exploit them. Western companies pay workers crap and force them to work 20 hours a day so we can buy cheap jeans. Not to mention the land grabbing that is happening all over the globe as multi-national corporations completely ignore people’s needs and only see profits while they buy the land generations have lived upon below their feet, and leave the inhabitants nothing at all.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Weiss/1318734279 Jon Weiss

        Interesting sounding scenario you paint there, too bad is is not true. I have observed some of the “Western companies pay workers crap and force them to work 20 hours a day.” I’ll tell you about it. During my military career. KBR (Halliburton) provided base support for troops in Haiti and again in Bosnia when I was in both places. The local average wage in Haiti at the time was about $200.00 per year. Haliiburton hired local civilians to work in our dining facility, they paid the lowest paid cooks $1000.00 per month. The DFAC manager made $3000.00 per month. when we were there these employees were like millionaires to the local economy. Yes they did work some long hours, but nothing more than the soldiers they served meals to.
        Not exactly the abuse you describe.

      • http://twitter.com/LotusTom Thomas Purcell

        Exploited how? Those ‘crap’ wages you speak of are usually much higher than they could earn otherwise, and any land sold to the companies is not stolen but bought as you correctly pointed out. A buyer cannot buy unless the owner is willing to sell. A trade of money is never unfair if both participants are willing.

  • Polyanna

    Unfortunately the author ignores certain stark realities,primary among them is the overall dismay,concern and ennui that the average person in the U.K. and U.S. experiences when they view their declining purchasing power, their decreased wages and increasing cost of living.Perception being 90% of reality, it is of no consequence that the numbers point to Eden when the average person awakes to mind-numbing anxiety over their finances.All of this results from an unchained financial system that bets the taxpayers money in the casino known as the market with the resultant economic disaster being viewed as a bit of bad luck.No need to worry,move along, nothing happening here.No new(actually old)restraints placed on the batty bankers by the politicians who were long ago purchased, at a discount, by the self-same Masters of the Universe.And the chances of future financial bubbles and financial disasters on an here-to-fore unknown scale stalks the average consumer.Having been bitten once by the rapacious financial beast, the average citizen knows it can happen again.If that citizen is over 30 they know it will happen again.And if they’ve stayed informed they know that nothing has been done to restrain the financial behemoths, that the banks are feverishly looking for another way to make a buck on the backs of the average man and woman.They also realize that with the speed with which events unfold,especially financial events aided by computer programs that regularly run away from the control of their masters , when the next disaster hits it is likely to e more damaging than the last.But at least all is well with the world.

  • Rev. Diane Melograne

    This is nonsense. In light of 20 children and 9 teachers massacred at the Sandy Hook Elementary, the Aurora movie theater murders and the devastation of the recent tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy and extreme weather on the British coast, 2012 will certainly not be remembered as a Spectacular year. Mankind will never be the world’s savior. There is only one world’s Savior and He came to earth a little more than 2012 years ago.

  • chelisajo

    What planet are you living on? Why don’t people wake up and look at the real statistics. Lets look at the levels of mental disorders, and how many unborn children are being legally killed this past year? You can spin it any way you want. Quote those statistics that make you feel better about the future of mankind, but no one, and I mean no one, can concentrate on only a small portion of statistics and claim that this is the best year ever in the history of mankind. I believe a little more research is required for that specific claim.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1299882205 Don Stegemoller

    What a factually void piece of socialist propaganda! This guy must have unicorns jumping over rainbows and frolicking with pink puppies in his back yard! Is Baghdad Bob still with us, maybe he really wrote this?

    • Jenny Dahl Bakken

      Socialist propaganda? YES, that is why this article so blatantly condones capitalism as the liberator of the world, completely ignoring the fact that inequality is growing at a speedy rate and that workers are working themselves to death, literally, in factories in the third world so we can buy cheap jeans and toys.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Weiss/1318734279 Jon Weiss

        An essentual truth that many ignore, socialism cannot even hope to get started, let alone survive, without a capitalist base to supply the cash to keep it going. As Maggie Thatcher said, socialism works, until you run out of other peoples money.

  • http://www.barackobozo.com/ Barack_Obozo

    LOL…this isn’t April 1st guys….btw…what are you guys smoking over there?.

  • BLAH

    idiots..this is the worst year.. there are more slaves in the world now..then there were in the 1800s..theres more hunger , more disasters, more war more evil.. ur all idiots…

    • Richard

      Actually, 2017 is predicted to be the low point of this global economic depression if you follow cycles, were just going into the ‘cash famine’ now…

  • LMJ313

    This has to be satire.

  • BDnSC

    The first problem is that these figures come from the UN. Tell all of this to SYria, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, and Israel.
    The UN has obviously learned a lot from the Obama administration. Make up the numbers and lie, lie, and lie some more until everyone believes you.
    As for demand for petrol being down, it has far more to do with price than bying new small cars.
    Total BS as far as I am concerned. This is what you get when a bunch of tin pot dictators take over a world body.
    Shame on you for perpetuating the lies Spectator. I thought better of you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000416458224 Larry Miller

    So,….the more strands frazzled in a rope makes it better?? Who in this world came up with this crap.

  • Jenny Dahl Bakken

    “Yet the achievement did not merit an official announcement, presumably
    because it was not achieved by any government scheme but by the pace of
    global capitalism. Buying cheap plastic toys made in China really is
    helping to make poverty history.” – tell that to the factory workers deprived of rights who work themselves to death (I don’t mean that as a metaphor, I mean that literally) so we can buy products as cheap as possible. Slavery still exists, just now we pretend it’s okay as long as we pay as little as humanly possible for something we then sell for hundreds of dollars. And who gets the profit, the workers? No, the corporate bosses. As always. For the west to stay as rich as we are, we need to keep consuming. And to keep consuming, goods can’t be too expensive. If goods are to stay cheap, then wages in developing countries have to stay low. Our current system means we are dependent on some people being poor for us to stay as rich as we are.

    “The doom-mongers will tell you that we cannot sustain worldwide economic
    growth without ruining our environment. But while the rich world’s
    economies grew by 6 per cent over the last seven years, fossil fuel
    consumption in those countries fell by 4 per cent. This remarkable (and, again, unreported) achievement has nothing to do with green taxes or wind farms. It is down to consumer demand for more efficient cars and factories.” – Well, we can’t sustain worldwide growth without ruining our environment. Why? 1) Because no resources, not even the planet iself, lasts forever. 2) If all countries consumed as much as the rich countries do, we would use up the resources faster than you have time to say “renewable”. Like it’s said, if everyone consumed as much as Americans we would need four Earths.

    So keep telling yourself that growth can last forever, the plain truth is that it can’t. The problem here is not the developing countries, though, it is the western world and our almost sickening over-consumption – which is again fuelled by capitalism, as corporations constantly have to create new markets and invent new products and raise new demand to keep making money. In other words, if we continue down this road we ARE screwed, no matter how well it might seem to be working now.

    And let’s not forget that thinking customer demand will change everything and make all corporations ethical is, at best, naive. At worst, dangerous. Corporations spend billions on PR and marketing because they want us all to think just that: We listen to you (and we care about humanity). And to some extent they do, if no one bought their products they would die slowly. But, on the other hand – the only thing they really listen to is the sound of increasing profits (however that sounds). If they make more money by landing suspicious deals with corrupt politicians then they will, no matter who suffers for it. If they save money by treating workers like shit then they will, and when confronted they will claim they did not know and that it’s not their fault, it’s the fault of one of their sub-contractors. As long as people in the west don’t know, what is the harm? As long as journalists write about price and esthetics instead of the ethics behind our production system then no one will care. It is exactly what they want. If people actually think multionational corporations got where they are today through good ethics, then that itself is scary. They know consumers care mostly about the price of goods, not how is was made. “Everyone” knows Coca Cola confiscates and pollutes the water of poor Indian villages. But no one cares, as long as they make nice christmas tv commercials and sell their products cheap. In other words: They COULD go full-fledged ethical and try to use that to sell products (which would naturally then cost more), but a vast majority would still buy the cheaper product, not because they’re evil but of economic reasons.

    That is the sad truth. Capitalism works because it applies to the bad in people, to the selfish in people. And a world filled with selfish people can never be a world that is just for everyone.

  • ed

    Obviously a mindless liberal…

  • http://www.facebook.com/new.art Nick SketchCat Wilson

    I love the structure of Drudge comments. Point, counter point, then 12 pages of name calling and bickering.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    23 million unemployed in the USA, 5 trillion dollar deficit, 8% unemployment average over 4 years and1.5% GDP, 4 dead Americans in Benghazi, Fast and Furious cover up, a Marxist wannabe dictator in the Whitehouse…you call that “best ever” ???…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    I call BULLS#IT on you!

    • Jenny Dahl Bakken

      If Obama is marxist, then I’m Elvis Presley. Read up on marxism, he’s a full-flegded market liberal, he just has some moderately social democratic views. But, I guess, in America, everything that isn’t completely batshit crazy is “marxist” or something.

      • mickey_moussaoui

        I’ll give you that and double the wannabe dictator claim

    • Richard

      $16 trillion deficit actually…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Weiss/1318734279 Jon Weiss

        Nope, $1 trillion deficit, $16 trillion Debt

  • Shiori_Uyoku

    Good Lord what an infantile piece of liberal delusion. Go to the Middle East sometime lunatic – or any totalitarian nation, or even a narco State like Mexico. ”Charging ahead’ indeed, what utter twaddle. Try being a baby girl in China, or a woman or gay person anywhere in the Muslim world. Try a lovely missile shower in Israel while you’re at it. Did this author actually suggest we are having safer wars as well? The U.S. has never before been so buried in dangerous, insurmountable debt and had so little growth, except in gov’t largesse and irresponsibility – it’s shameful. Europe is collapsing as we type. This silly outpouring of pampered liberal fantasy is the quintessence of everything that’s wrong in the West. The unfathomable depths of willful stupidity of greedy hypocrites running our governments and the morons who repeatedly elect them is destroying the foundations of liberty in the free world and around the globe, not to mention a minimum level of economic stability. I’d love to live in this author’s impenetrable kindergarten bubble. This is nothing but the self important, wishful thinking of a sheltered lefty for whom reality and critical thought are entirely absent. Seriously, go live in Iran or Cuba or Korea for a year and give us your flowery, hippy-dippy report then. Un-freaking-believable. Is there no thin ray of logic that can penetrate the cult-like blindness of the infantilized western leftist?

    • Jenny Dahl Bakken

      If you think this is leftist, you must be completely ignorant. This article masturbates to capitalism. Leftists do not.

      • Shiori_Uyoku

        Your interpretation of Leftism is narrow at best. Correction: The article masturbates to the crony capitalism in the backward, totalitarian bits of the world, it does not celebrate or encourage a full return to the free market capitalism that once flourished in the United States or the UK or Japan – which is a typically leftist value. It hints that the ‘developing’ nations are improving somehow simply because the west is declining, as if the west were responsible for all global misery – also a tenant of the leftist cult. Finally, it utterly fails to see the predictable misery and failure of all varieties of Socialism and Green fanaticism around the world – total lefty moonbattery. Don’t like capitalism? Give away all private property to the poor and move to Cuba – ya know….”Utopia”. Yet, they never do…they prefer to keep all the benefits of capitalism while simultaneously, self-righteously, stupidly destroying the very source of wealth that sustains their insulated, material lives. Cheers.

  • Fedupbigtime

    Huh? Really?

  • John Q Public

    you have to read this through the lens of the left…the fact that the us has record unemployment, debt, etc. IS the reason they think 2012 was such a great year.

    • Jenny Dahl Bakken

      This is NOT due to to leftist policies, but the other way around. Capitalism isn’t something the left condones, yet this article embraces it with every fibre of its being.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Weiss/1318734279 Jon Weiss

        Yet according to the article the leftists currently in power are free market capitalists.

  • Richard

    This writer should have run for President last month, then we could have had 8 more perfect years, wow! LOL…

  • NewTet

    Yeah well, given my own experience with Canadians I wouldn’t advise anyone to be too sunny about them. In fact, I think Canadians are downright EVIL! I mean, every winter they come down here to South Florida and practice vehicular terrorism by keeping within the speed limits, making full stops at designated intersections and generally being courteous to other drivers! It’s intolerable to see these malicious aliens from the north set a good example to us! Damn them all, I say, DAMN THEM ALL!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jura.nanuk Jura Nanuk

    I wanted to ask the author what was he smoking as I would like to have some, but since I’m living drug free life I guess I could buy pink eyeglasses and see the world in the same colors as the author does.

    Our profit driven economy seriously damaged our ecosystem, millions of people throughout the world demonstrating against their governments demanding more equality and jobs but their protests are ignored by big media, violent revolutions in Arab world created just more violence, in USA there are serous discussions about arming or not arming the school teachers in hope they will shoot the eventual shooters. |

    The author says “It may not feel like it, but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world”. I agree with the first part of that sentence, it definitely doesn’t feel like it :(

  • Goliath

    Have far is the authors head up their own a$$?!

  • Lucy

    WHAT IDIOT WROTE THIS??? Must live internationally, doesn’t live in this America.

    • Fraser Nelson

      No, I live in Twickenham.

  • savethehumans

    Abortion is the leading cause of death in America. Barbarism is the norm

  • XenaOnce

    So thankful for Global Progress, even if we are not seeing much here…

  • http://www.facebook.com/bart.pearston Bart Pearston

    Didn’t England post a 1% growth rate while holding an average 8% unemployment and 2.5% inflation rate this year? That is now “the best year ever”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Gray-Foster/100000042843249 Richard Gray Foster

    A little candy coated perspective for Christmas is not such a bad thing. Thanks.
    These are truths that also belong in the equation of our existence.

  • nevermind

    The HELL U Say!!!, Best Year?, U’ve got to be kidding me!

  • http://twitter.com/Castanza777 RC

    2008-12012worse years i have eve rseen i my life i call evil

  • http://twitter.com/Castanza777 RC

    2008-2012the most evil years i have ever seen in my whole life

  • http://www.facebook.com/osirusoft Joe Jared

    This should qualify in the 10 ten unbelievable media lies of the year.

  • SJA

    To all the right wing trollers on this page…LOOK at what I found!…BUSTED!!!


  • toldyaso

    Global prosperity is up! Prosperity in the countries that had money is down. Go figure. People are living longer! Yet, far more obese (oops). War is almost a thing of the past! But the good news is, those Muslim countries that are prospering from western decline may all have nukes soon… so wait a bit for that to change. Energy is being more efficiently spent everywhere! Except in thirst world countries, and in first world countries only because the value of their currency plummets, and the price goes up exponentially not because of demand but rather greedy speculators. Life expectancy is way up! But of course, you won’t ever be able to retire now, since that is too expensive– sorry you paid into that your whole life and are just NOW being let down 50 years later (our bad). What a puff piece. Does this pass for news in the UK? I guess our American news is just as silly.

  • ekko

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  • http://www.facebook.com/james.padgett1 James Padgett

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  • holtman

    This is not left versus right. This is optimist versus pessimist. Some folks get all nuts when they hear good news because they thrive on bad news.

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    I’d be weary about The Spectator’s claim of being “the best-written and most entertaining magazine in the English language.”

    Let’s not fool ourselves, now.

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    I’m from Texas and I’ve spent a grand total of 12 hours in Canada. We went to see Niagara Falls. When we were driving back, there were tons of people on every overpass as we drove down the highway. About 30 miles of highway with people holding banners. I had no idea what was going on until I saw a funeral procession for soldiers who had died. I was amazed how many people united and honored those fallen in War. It was an amazing display of unity and support for their country. I’ll never forget that. It opened my eyes to the way the rest of the world sees things. I love Texas, but what I saw there would never happen here. We are too busy and uninformed. I have no idea how many soldiers from America die on a weekly basis. Maybe it happens too often to show up in numbers for everyone who made the ultimate sacrifice. That’s the downside of being in constant war though. I feel like I have been so desensitized to the sacrifices made daily from fellow countrymen. I want to value life like that again. I felt the lose of those soldiers in Canada that I knew nothing about because of the people who showed up to say that they had value.

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