What Cafés Did for Liberalism

Human history, in one chart

In short, for most of history, all human events — the rise and fall of empires, the spread of plagues, the spread and schisms of religions, the invention of wheels and aqueducts and the printing press — barely affected the typical person’s life span, political freedom, economic productivity, or wealth. And then, with the Industrial Revolution, all those things changed at once. Within 200 years, the human experience looked very different.


These Were the Jobs of the Future, According to Experts in 1988