Puffer Fish wrote:Has anyone noticed noticed that all of the wealthy successful countries in the world fall into one of the following four categories:
White and English-speaking
Western European (especially Northwest European)
Northeast Asian - Japan, Korea, China to some extent (this also includes Taiwan and Singapore, because they are majority ethnic Chinese)
not to mention a few small muslim countries that are filthy rich due to oil money, relative to small population sizes
This entire list only accounts for 25% of the population of the Earth (not counting China).
Is all this just a coincidence, the result of historical factors and legacies? Could there be a reason for the correlation?
Could this potentially help explain why the US has long stood as somewhat of a paradox among the developed list of countries?
Many factors. But the general most important factors are fertile lands and ample safety. Lands can be protected by the military but that is usually ineffective and drains wealth. So it is best to live on a island or a half-island of sorts like the US. Europe nowadays also. Basically fertile lands along with peace and safety usually do the trick. Doesn't guarantee it but does the trick. Also globalization to some degree.
I do not think that any nation is hopeless to change; however, I think that some nations do require a lot more effort than others to become changed. - Verv