Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sobering Statistics That Prove Modernity Has Failed

• There are nearly twice as many prisoners as farmers in the United States.

• There are more American men on disability insurance than doing production work in manufacturing.

• The workforce participation rate is the lowest since March, 1978.

•  More black men are behind bars or under the watch of the criminal justice system than there were enslaved in 1850. 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: 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.

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.


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

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

  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.

    1. These links are for you:

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


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