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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Yeah, there's a leaderboard. So who do you think is the greatest?
    I already answered that question earlier in the thread.

    And no, there is no leaderboard. "My country is better than your country" is a juvenile pissing contest.
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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    I already answered that question earlier in the thread.

    And no, there is no leaderboard. "My country is better than your country" is a juvenile pissing contest.
    If I say there's a leaderboard, there is one. Stop arguing with me. I don't think I'm back through over 175 posts to read yours. I'll just assume you said there is no greatest country.
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    Why so serious?

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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    America is the worst country in the world, except for all the others.
    "I believe in a Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and actions of human beings."

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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    If I say there's a leaderboard, there is one. Stop arguing with me. I don't think I'm back through over 175 posts to read yours. I'll just assume you said there is no greatest country.
    Actually, my answer was "I don't know since I haven't been to every country."
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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    If a nation is to be judged upon anything that matters, it is how the least advantaged fare - and neither Imperial Britain nor the current USA score particularly well there.
    Not necessarily a specific response to how the least advantaged fare, but the Human Development Index includes a lot of factors that benefit the least advantaged:

    "The side that stays within its fortifications is beaten." ~Napoleon

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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    With pleasure - there is none - the entire concept is a nonsense. I am sure my ancestors thought Great Britain was the greatest nation on earth, just because they got to boss a third of the world about, and had better grenadiers and men o' war than the French and the Spaniards - but that was just as much a bit of grandiose self-delusion. There is simply no such animal. If a nation is to be judged upon anything that matters, it is how the least advantaged fare - and neither Imperial Britain nor the current USA score particularly well there.
    That depends entirely upon how the "least advantaged" are defined. Using an insane killer, or drug addict, as an example of the "least advantaged" may yield a far different result than using a widow with three young children.
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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I used to think so, but we're falling further into mediocrity these days.
    Particularly the last 8 years.

    I certainly don't see "diversity" as a mark of greatness. Walmart is not a great music store because they sell mops and groceries. Guitar Center is a great music store because they do not.

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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    I already answered that question earlier in the thread.

    And no, there is no leaderboard. "My country is better than your country" is a juvenile pissing contest.
    While that is mostly true (but one would have a hard time describing Afghanistan as a great nation) you will frequently see that argument made that "great" nations have UHC, wonderful "safety net" systems and decent educational systems. While no nation is clearly #1 (in all important areas) there are clear differences (a leader board?) between most OCED nations (except for Turkey and Mexico) and most non-OCED nations.
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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unrepresented View Post
    Not necessarily a specific response to how the least advantaged fare, but the Human Development Index includes a lot of factors that benefit the least advantaged:

    If you extended the scale all the way to zero, no one would look bad. Almost all listed are 0.9 or higher.
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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    While that is mostly true (but one would have a hard time describing Afghanistan as a great nation) you will frequently see that argument made that "great" nations have UHC, wonderful "safety net" systems and decent educational systems. While no nation is clearly #1 (in all important areas) there are clear differences (a leader board?) between most OCED nations (except for Turkey and Mexico) and most non-OCED nations.
    I'll grant that.
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