[Perspectives] It’s getting better all the time
I came to scoff and remain’d to pray. As Oliver Goldsmith reacted to church in 1770, so did I to Stephen Pinker’s opus, Enlightenment Now: the Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. The book had been trailed as excoriating the left for being phobic about progress and holding fashionably liberal views, irrespective of the evidence; and attacking the right for religious fundamentalism and for, well, for being Donald Trump-like. It doesn’t take much to convince me that being anti-science, inconsistent, dishonest, engaging in authoritarian demagoguery, and appealing to people’s baser instincts is terrible—thus Trump.