The world is much better; The world is awful; The world can be much better

Our World in Data -

Our World in Data—The world is much better. The world is awful. The world can be much better. All three statements are true.

How the numbers can lie: Paul Krugman explains why European social democracies are so much better off than the US. Apropos of absolutely nothing, the White House released a new report this week decrying the dangers of “socialism” — and was roundly mocked for wasting government time on producing such a patently unnecessary and brazenly partisan document. But Paul Krugman noted that one part of the report’s findings is worth taking note of: Its criticism of European social democracies such as Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. “The report points out that real gross domestic product per …