We’re living the dream; we just don’t realize it

The one positive social trend that did generate a significant amount of coverage — the extraordinary drop in the U.S. crime rate since the mid-’90s — seems to have been roundly ignored by the general public. The violent crime rate (crimes per thousand people) dropped from 51 to 15 between 1995 and 2010, truly one of the most inspiring stories of societal progress in our lifetime. And yet according to a series of Gallup polls conducted over the past 10 years, more than two-thirds of Americans believe that crime has been getting worse, year after year.