Yes, much better
Yes, slightly better
No, slightly worse
No, much worse
I can't make up my mind
It may be true the middle class was more stable, but they were also homogenized, oppressive, exclusionary, and bigoted.
And if we're defining "we" as "citizens of earth" rather than "citizens of the United States," then we've also made a lot of economic progress since the 20th century. The world is far better off today than it was just 12 years ago by almost any measurement, and we still have a lot to look forward to in the 21st century.
Are you coming to bed?
I can't. This is important.
Someone is WRONG on the internet! -XKCD
Society is less violent, more caring, better educated, and more equal than it ever was anywhere in the world 200 years ago.
Most likely because there was more of the natural world that was "unscathed".
"The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality." - Schopenhauer