Anyone giving credence to this click bait "debate" being ass's with only two cheeks: Better or worse.
Some things go up, some things go down....until they don't.
Some things oscillate with various periods including chaotic ones. (e.g. "morality")
Some things go from horrific (e.g. Slavery) to slightly less than average (e.g. low wage slavery/poverty) and vice versa.
Some things have NEVER been acceptable in almost the entirely of recorded human history. (e.g. wealthy elite calling the shots in their favour)
Some things, and this will really blow your mind, the very DEFINITION of what is good and bad changes over time, culture and geographic location?! (e.g. Acceptable Quality of Life)
And of course, everyone's definitions of all the above differ from person to person.
To stand on mount Olympus and start making proclamations like these authors have is just ridiculous - almost as ridiculous as discussing it as if it was worthwhile.
HERE ARE THE RULES FOLKS: Things are what they are and can always be better worse than that.
I personally am a great believer and advocate of continuous improvement. I do not accept that in important areas the status quo should never be challenged and analysed for improvement.
And you should NOT always turn the other cheek, just the bad one.