At Philosophers' Playground, SteveG asks, "So why is there the perception that there has been no progress?"
Hmmm... Let me think about this...
A war of aggression. Habeas corpus. Domestic wiretapping. Worldwide economic exploitation. Third-world Sweatshops and chattel slave labor. Intelligent Design. Kansas.
Need I continue?
The Global War on Terror. Global warming. New Orleans. CEO salaries. Falling real minimum wage. The American health care system.
I could go on and on.
And all that's just us. The richest, most powerful country in the world, the inventors of modern democracy.
A few tens of millions are living in unparalleled luxury. A few hundred million are hanging on to a middle-class lifestyle by their fingernails. But billions continue to be plagued by the same disease, war, famine, pestilence and grinding soul-destroying poverty that has been constant throughout human history.
Progress? Color me skeptical.