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Yeah, I could see your point Andy--if that's how life were, but it's not. You aren't given a role, position or income bracket at birth; if you pick a free country out of those lists, you have the possibility to go wherever your work ethic and determination take you. The job of the government is to stay out of the way. The Forbes list was basically an indicator of how good the government was at staying out of your way.


Hi Bill,
Here via CotC. Nice blog.

Thought I'd pick up on your main point.

I'm not sure what a definition of 'economic powerhouse' is - it's obviously not size, so I'm guessing you're looking at growth rates. In which case, comparing France and Spain with the UAE and Indonesia is hardly comparing apples with apples.

But I thought a more interesting test was this.

Imagine you haven't yet been born. You have to choose which country you have to be a citizen of.

The rules are, you don't know what role, position or income bracket in society you will have (i.e. you might not be king). The only choice you have is whether the country you're in is in pot A (the top ten), pot B (bottom 10).

I've been to 11 of the 20 and it's a no brainer for me....

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