Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead by Steven Pinker
Progress. It is one of the animating concepts of the modern era. From the Enlightenment onwards, the West has had an enduring belief that through the evolution of institutions, innovations, and ideas, the human condition is improving.
This process is supposedly accelerating as new technologies, individual freedoms, and the spread of global norms empower individuals and societies around the world. But is progress inevitable?
Its critics argue that human civilization has become different, not better, over the last two and a half centuries.