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Cato Institute's Marian Tupy on Human Progress and Pope Francis's Views of Capitalism
The culture of prosperity deadens us, wrote Pope Francis in December's widely discussed papal exhortation, Joy of Gospel. "We end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people's pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else's responsibility and not our own." The proprietor of HumanProgress.org, a website that aggregates and updates ongoing improvements in global living standards, says the pope is actually wrong. Marian Tupy, also of the Cato Institute, says Pope Francis doesn't apprehend the massive increases in human well-being, especially among the poorest people on the planet. He says the goal of HumanProgress is to present basic facts about improvements and to outline the reasons for those improvements. In countries with greater economic freedom, says Tupy, "the poor are richer, they own a greater share of national wealth, [and] there is less corruption".