One thing never mentioned in these kinds of debates are economy, and the effects of it on all things, especially human development. When we focus on that, all other considerations become invalid, I think.
Thanks for your insight.
They are discussed, just not so much within history, unfortunately. The things you mentioned about economy is discussed a lot in anthropology. David Graeber, for example, laments about how our economic structure has stagnant progress: we’re promised flying cars, but all we have now — like you’ve said — are global problems that shouldn’t exist with technological advancement.
I don’t discuss economic history because I’m not remotely knowledgeable to write on that. But you’re certainly right, economics has a great impact on our understanding of progress. My intentions here are simply to highlight the change in how intellectuals think of progress.