Wheat prices have been falling since the Middle Ages.
Precious metals are getting cheaper.
Worker exploitation is going down.
There are more forests now than there were 50 years ago. (In fact, Britain likely has more trees now than it did in 1510!)
The world is less polluted now than it was in the Middle Ages.
Global maternal mortality has been falling steeply.
Bizarro world? No, our world, according to Matt Ridley. Read about it here.