Spiked interviews Matt Ridley

Spiked has a fair-minded interview with Matt Ridley (The Rational Optimist), June 2017: “Why you should be optimistic”

“People are not pessimistic about their own abilities as individuals to solve the problems that face them. As individuals, people are perfectly capable of being sufficiently optimistic and ambitious, sometimes unrealistically optimistic and ambitious about what they can achieve. But for humanity as a whole, it’s quite different. The bigger the canvas, the more pessimistic people are.”