Source: The Breakthrough
How the Left Lost Sight of Social Justice
Social justice was once synonymous with equal access to modern amenities — electric lighting so poor children could read at night, refrigerators so milk could be kept on hand, and washing machines to save the hands and backs of women. But today’s leading left-wing leaders, such as 350.org’s Naomi Klein, advocate a return to energy penury and harmonizing human civilization to Nature.
by Michael Shellenberger & Ted Nordhaus
Over the last few decades, humans achieved one of the most remarkable victories for social justice in the history of the species. The percentage of people who live in extreme poverty — under $1.25 per day — was halved between 1990 and 2010. Average life expectancy globally rose from 56 to 68 years since 1970. And hundreds of millions of desperately poor people went from burning dung and wood for fuel (whose smoke takes two million souls a year) to using electricity, allowing them to enjoy refrigerators, washing machines, and smoke-free stoves. (more…)