Russia Dreams of Being Guatemala
The chart above was compiled based on data collected for the 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index, which was published last week. The data compares 104 different countries of the world on nine different criteria to determine an overall ranking for prosperity and happiness. America ranks #9 on the list. Russia ranks #69. The green line in the chart shows America’s level of attainment on the list of criteria, with the outer edge of the circle representing perfection. The blue line is Russia. It shows Russia to be, compared to fully developed, rounded America, a perverted, twisted, Mongoloid deformity, like a baby born without arms and legs and a head the size of a golf ball.
But let’s not bash Russia by comparing it to America, even though it is baiting the U.S. into a new cold war, an act which this chart clearly shows is utterly suicidal. Let’s instead point out that Guatemala — yes, Guatemala — is ranked #67 on the list, above Russia.
Tunisia, Honduras and Namibia are also rated higher than Russia across these nine key criteria. Ukraine is #61. Russia just barely edged out Nicaragua and Ecuador to claim a place in the top 65% of nations assayed by Legatum. If Russia were getting a report card as a country, its grade would be “D”.
Brazil and India, two nations two which Russia often seeks to compare itself, soar above Russia at #41 and #45 respectively.
What sort of commentary is it on Vladimir Putin’s Russia that its citizens are reduced to dreaming about maybe, one day, if they work real hard and get real lucky, being as good as Guatemala?
How is it possible that a nation fielding one of the world’s largest arsenals of nuclear weapons and practicing universal military conscription cannot find a way to devote basic resources to the development of its population? How can Russia even dream of entering into a costly and futile new cold war with the United States, or indeed even of using vast resources to attack tiny neighbors like Georgia, when Russian people live in such squalid, backwards conditions that Russia does not even rank in the top 50 world nations for prosperity?
Don’t the people of Russia care at all how their government humiliates them before the eyes of a slack-jawed world?