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  • mary00

    I was just telling a friend that I have learned from watching HGTV "House Hunters International" that I could not afford to leave the U.S. and move to Europe, Canada or Australia. Nor could I afford many places in South America or on tropical islands. The best I can say for the U.S. is that the fire department and the police still show up when I call (at least in my neighborhood they do), no one shoots at me when I am voting (at least not related to who I am voting for!), most everyone has electricity and indoor plumbing and clean drinking water. And access to books! Of course I might have to move to Canada or Europe if I need more medical care. There are other places to live better -- if you are white or Asian. But the U.S. is my home and we shun HOMOGENY!

  • Hannah Wasserman

    This is a great reminder of the detrimental effects of inequality. It's better to be all poor than to have a major income gap.

  • Zachary Slobig

    "The best countries to be born in are small, peaceful, homogenous, liberal democracies."

    • Ben Goldhirsh

      it's a pretty fascinating piece. read the Economist Report over the holiday. they also talked about a boredom variable that they excluded - meaning that it might still be more fun to be born in America than switzerland even though the latter got 1 on the list vs. the U.S. at 16.

      • Zachary Slobig

        indeed, BG. "small, peaceful, homogenous" and DULL.

        • Ben Goldhirsh

          hopefully it's just the Homogenous part that correlates with dull. How's all in the north?