Counterpoint: Decade saw freedom expand

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December 27, 2010
Orange County Register
by Mark Landsbaum  
Posted in Commentary

"People tend to measure misfortune and blessings myopically, in tiny increments over infinitesimally small spans of time. Since most news accounts stress the bad and downplay the good, the resultant steady drumbeat of negativity, even in small doses, leads many people to believe things are getting worse all the time. But they stand too close to see the reassuring bigger picture. ... The premise of this column is that the trajectory remains on course. Despite daily headlines, despite sourpuss pundits (yours truly included) and despite what may appear to be incessant fiscal, civil and cultural catastrophes, things still are getting better all the time." (12/23/10)  

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