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This year's World Economic Forum, more than usual, prompted a spirited round of elite bashing, which has now become the trendy political posture on both right and left.The share of the global population living in these dire conditions has gone from 36 percent to 10 percent, the lowest in recorded history.Undernourishment has fallen 41 percent, and maternal deaths (women dying because of childbirth) have dropped by 43 percent over roughly the same period.The figures pertain to the world in general, not America.There have been monumental improvements in access and opportunity for large segments of the population that were locked out and pushed down.The poverty gap between blacks and whites has shrunk (but remains distressingly large).The number of female CEOs at Fortune 500 companies has gone from one to 24 over the last 20 years. Female membership in national legislatures of OECD countries has almost doubled in the same period. After 400 years of slavery, segregation and discrimination in America, blacks have been moving up.
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