Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sobering Statistics That Prove Modernity Has Failed

• There are nearly twice as many prisoners as farmers in the United States.
http://fatknowledge.blogspot.com/2006/03/more-prisoners-than-farmers-in-united.html
http://www.prisonpolicy.org/scans/building.html#_edn2

• There are more American men on disability insurance than doing production work in manufacturing.
http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2014/05/the-wisdom-of-larry-summers.html

• The workforce participation rate is the lowest since March, 1978.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-02/workforce-participation-at-36-year-low-even-as-more-jobs-beckon.html

•  More black men are behind bars or under the watch of the criminal justice system than there were enslaved in 1850.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/12/michelle-alexander-more-black-men-in-prison-slaves-1850_n_1007368.html Of course, there are far more people in the U.S. than in 1850, but it's still a sobering statistic for those who think society is headed in the right direction. Here is the full data:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1850_United_States_Census Related: 

• One hundred forty-three years after passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and 60 years after Article 4 of the U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights banned slavery and the slave trade worldwide, there are more slaves than at any time in human history -- 27 million.
http://www.alternet.org/story/142171/there_are_more_slaves_today_than_at_any_time_in_human_history

More people now have mobile telephones around the world than have access to a flush toilet. Given that the water closet is several centuries old and the mobile phone really only about 30 years mature that’s a pretty stunning difference in the two technologies' adoption.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/03/23/more-people-have-mobile-phones-than-toilets/
 

5 comments:

  1. That's not the 'failure of modernity'. That's the success of Capitalism. The two are *not* the same.

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  2. Good point. I would have put "success" in scare quotes, though.

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  3. The water closet is not several centuries old. And it's a menace.
    Shit belong to the soil where it morphs into new growth. Not in water where it becomes pollution, waste and a disease vector.

    Take the red pill, I dare you. Read the Humanure Handbook, second edition. It's free online.

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    1. These links are for you:

      http://www.treehugger.com/bathroom-design/hot-poop-alternative-toilets-update-3.html

      http://www.treehugger.com/bathroom-design/yellow-new-green-pee-cycling-greener-composting-toilet.html

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  4. Why thank you! Will peruse! :-)

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