It’s that time of year again, and the World Economic Forum has once again released its Global Competitivness Index.
Russia dropped three places to #66 on the list, significantly worse than its position on the list of nations ranked by nominal GDP per capita (#56). Countries like Vietnam, Uruguay and Panama are all more economically competitive than Russia. The USA is #5 on the list.
Of course, you really don’t need the WEF to tell you Russia is not competitive. Just walk into the nearest store and see if you find any Russian products there. Should you find them, see if it’s something you’d consider buying. You’ll quickly see that in terms of consumer products the nation of Russia does not even really exist at all.
The reason for Russia’s total failure is obvious: The country is ruled by a proud KGB spy whose interest in economic competitiveness is no greater than was that of the rulers of the USSR. It’s telling that just as the new GCI data was being released, the KGB spy who runs the Collective Security Treaty Organization, Putin’s answer to the Warsaw Pact, was announcing a new dedication of Russian resources to the suppression of dissent throughout post-Soviet space.
In other words, instead of devoting Russian resources to becoming competitive in marketing consumer products across the globe, the only thing the dictatorial Putin regime wants to export is fear and repression, just as was the case in Soviet times.
Cutting down on the flow of information and self-criticism is exactly the opposite of competitiveness. Without such information and criticism, it is impossible for an nation to recognize its own faults, and if it can’t recognize them it can’t reform. This is what brought down the USSR. The country did nothing but tell itself how perfect it was, and it jailed anyone who said otherwise (or sent them to an insane asylum, or killed them or exiled them). As a results its faults only got bigger and bigger, until the entire nation ultimately collapsed.
Americans have a clever saying: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame ME!” Shame on Russians. People who make the same mistake over and over do not deserve the prosperous, happy lives that come from high competitiveness. They deserve to suffer in darkness until, once again, their society collapses.