We have one ‘change’ election after another, driven by voters who don’t really know what they want beyond ‘not this.’

There is a strong case to be made that things are getting better.

In 2010, Matt Ridley made the case in The Rational Optimist that things were better than they appeared. Writing in The Spectator, on the cusp of 2020, Ridley offers an update: We’re finishing the best decade in human history.

But it sure doesn’t feel like it, does it? In the political realm, we’re all angry at one another, convinced some terrible “they” is winning at “our” expense. As we end the decade, our politics is wildly out of sync with the technological, economic, and medical events of the past 10 years. Why the mismatch?