Here's an interesting way to look at history. The guy who made this video is a British statistics professor, and they took figures from the past two hundred years for life expectancy and annual income for the countries of the world, and then tracked them over time:
Pete Weldon linked to this video earlier this week, and asked this question:
"Which political system is responsible for the inventiveness and productivity that has led to such dramatic positive changes in worldwide health and wealth?"
Yep. It's pretty obvious when you watch the history of the entire world that capitalism and democracy send the little dots to the top right quicker...I mean, bring health and prosperity to their people quicker and more consistently.