Let’s face it, Americans love bad news. Whether scare warnings or disasters, it doesn’t matter, we soak it all up. Author Matt Ridley, who authored the recently released Rational Optimist, says there’s plenty to be positive about. “Back in the 1970s the future was bleak,” he says. “The population explosion was unstoppable, famine was inevitable, pesticides were going to shorten our lives,bird flu was going to kill us, the Ice Age was coming back, acid rain was killing forests. All these things were going to go wrong. So I was kind of surprised when I grew up that actually things have been getting better, much better.” In this edition of LibertyPen, host John Stossel continues his discussion with Ridley and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce over this Chicken Little mentality.