You are making the same old mistake that wanna be futurists always make: you are assuming a linear extrapolation from current trends. In the real world trends are not linear, they oscillate. People 100 years ago found the rampant sexuality of the past to be abhorrent and congratulated themselves on how progressive they were because sexuality wasn’t even mentioned in polite company. Yet 70 years later the world was more sexually liberated than it had ever been in human history. People 100 years ago were proud that they were taming nature, bending the world to the will of humanity and bringing enlightenment to the savages. Clearly they were progressive. 100 years later they were castigated for environmental destruction and paternalistic, racist colonialism.
This sort of thing is typical of social trends. What one generation thinks is highly progressive the next generation is very likely to consider degenerate. You like to think that Gender Discrimination or the Death penalty or “Conservation” are no-brainers as being progressive, and that of course future generation will be applled that we have made such small steps in that direction. But there’s no basis for that belief, it’s just a prejudice. Just as we are appalled at the Victorian sexuality and colonialism that they considered to be so progressive and *obviously *laudable. it’s entirely possible that people in 100 years time will be appalled by the things we have arbitrarily decided are progressive.
Maybe people will be appalled that we squandered fossil fuel reserved dicking around with “alternative” energy sources and “carbon trading” that we knew were unworkable. They may be disgusted that we didn’t get the most progress out of the fossil fuels while we had them, opting instead to stifle growth and while having no impact on actual emmissions.
Future generations may be appalled that we gave proven multiple murder free accommodation and medical care while there victims received nothing whatsoever, Clearly the system where the perpetrator becomes a slave to the victims, to be worked, tortured or killed at their whim is much more progressive, and thank the Gods they don’t live in the barbaric days of the 21st century.
They may be appalled by the idea that women get paid as much as men despite the fact that women are physically incapable of working as hard in 99% of jobs. They may be appalled by the idea that we have permitted a society where women have to work for a family to be financially viable, when clearly that is not desired by women and is bad for marriages and children. They may be appalled that married women are even *allowed *to work. They may be appalled at the idea that men can be convicted of rape with no more evidence than the say so of the alleged victim.
And so on and so forth for every supposedly “progressive” item on your list. One thing history teaches us is that where is absolutely no way to ascertain what allegedly progressive trends will continue and which will reverse.
Or as Terry Pratchett said, “Modern times. In 200 years time they never look as modern as all that.”