In George Orwell's Animal Farm, things start bad for the animals. The Revolution brings hope but things get awful fast. Everything is bad... but everything is made out to be great. Bryan Caplan says we currently live in the same chasm between the truth and reality, but in the opposite direction. Reverse Animal Farm. We spend so much time on terror, fear, brutality, and poverty that we don't see the progress we are making. I strongly believe the world is less racist, sexist, homophobic and violent than in the past. That doesn't mean there isn't lots of work to do. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of awful stories to show that things are 'getting worse' in isolation. Somehow we need to keep the sense of urgency, while being half-hearted fanatics - still making time to celebrate, enjoy, play, be silly and then crack on with the heavier stuff.