America is a Third World Country

Yes, you read that right. It wasn’t a typo, and I mean it. You know… sort of… Let me explain:

When in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was drawn up, this new country called the United States of America was going through a revolution. They had progressive ideals and they were ahead of the rest of the world. That day, the US truly showed itself to be a first world country, with first world politics and first world ideals. There’s just one thing America seems to have forgotten: that all happened three centuries ago.

Yes, I know, for those Americans out there this might come as quite a shock, but that revolution didn’t happen yesterday. In fact, those dear people who began that revolution have died quite a long time ago. And that’s probably a good thing, because if they saw the state of their beloved country right now, they would be ashamed.

It honestly seems as if the general public in the US has forgotten that they owe their importance on the international scale to their progressive views. Just look at where we are now. The death penalty still exists. Gay marriage has still not been fully legalised. Political decisions are still being made with the use of that exact same document as it was written up three centuries ago, as if society doesn’t change. As if those people in the 18th century were so brilliant that they knew everything there was to know.

They did not. I’m sure they actually realised that, and it is quite unfortunate that the general public in America fails to notice this. In the last century, American politics has made so many mistakes, yet still it seems to be the one of the most nationalistic countries out there (you know… right after that lovely country called North Korea…) These days, if you want to pursue the “American dream”, you’re better off moving to Europe, because social mobility is a whole lot greater there. They actually have these things called “social systems”. It’s great, you know. Not that many homeless people, not that many people starving. Oh, and no guns. That kind of helps with lowering the amount of unnecessary deaths.

America has diminished into a country with a thriving economy but with a political system dating back to the 1800s. It is an economic giant that has forgotten what their forefathers had once taught them. It is a first world country with third world politics, and what is called “conservative” in countries such as Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden would be considered socialism in the eyes of an American. Progress has disappeared and all that remains are the remnants of what once was a great nation.

So what do we do about it? Well, for my part, I write. I suggest you do the same, or at least something along those lines. Change is needed, and for that change to come, people need to open their eyes. If they don’t want to open their eyes for themselves, then perhaps someone else will have to help them. That someone could be you.

It is time for America to start catching up with the rest of the world again. To become a progressive country, like it once was in that ancient past. Only then can the US honestly consider itself a first world nation, and only then do Americans have any reason to be truly proud of their country.

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More on this topic from Dean Richards:

Nationalism Is Dangerous And Should Be Eradicated

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About Dean Richards

A young student with a passion for writing. Aspiring author and human rights activist, but I write about anything. "If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree!" New blog post every Monday!
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5 Responses to America is a Third World Country

  1. saaahrie says:

    I’d be a little careful with subsuming ALL the of the Millions of people living in the US under what this country stands for politically. I knw so many Americans that would be so, so sad to read this, because they’ve been fighting their asses off to make things better. I think Europeans sometimes forget how huge the US is. You don’t want to identify with Hungarian politics at the moment, either, do you?

    • Of course, it’s all a generalisation. I considered specifically adding a sentence in there to make that clear, but I figured it was quite logical that I didn’t mean EVERYONE, and a sentence like that would make the entire post a lot less strong. So don’t worry, I know it’s not everyone! Actually, I think more and more people are heading in the right direction, but either way, it is still not a majority.

  2. paulbrodie says:

    I disagree with your perspective on this issue. I do think that the current population of the U.S., at least a lot of them, do not sufficiently remember the founding of this country, nor are they sufficiently awake to the spirit of our times today.

    The theme of “progressiveness” is not something I associate with the founding of the U.S. I think the term has been hijacked to mean something different than the literal definition of progress. Progress is good when it builds and uplifts, but I feel that progressive politics today focus on changing everything to meet the whims of man, or more accurately, a few men and women who want to be in control.

    American progressiveism has a slant towards control of the population, suggesting that the average person is incapable of managing their own life. This is false. Certainly there is a large portion of society that seems to be unwilling or incapable of doing so, but I believe this is the result of progressive movements that have resulted in “social systems” that remove personal responsibility from citizens and develops reliance on government. In my opinion, this is bad.

    I think that what made so much progress in the early days of the U,S. was the belief and reliance on God and natural rights, giving the bulk of individual control to the people and the united voice of the people, rather than a king or despot. I don’t see anything wrong with that. Not in 1776, not in 2013 if we still live with reliance on God and natural rights. Of course, not everyone believes this way, and that’s great, it allows us the ability to discuss and learn and grow.

    I personally believe the answer for America is in returning to the spirit of the time of 1776, not in becoming more like Europe. No offense to the people of Europe, but I’m not a fan of being rule by kings and 75% tax rates. Obviously the founders and initial populace of the United States were not perfect people. They had vices and they had prejudicial discrimination. But while the people erred in these ways, the foundation they laid for government did not. Their cultural thinking contradicted what they wrote when declaring all men are free and equal (not in ability, but in opportunity). Under the new framework the culture did overcome many of those weak points, sadly it took over two hundred years in some cases, and still has room to grow, but that doesn’t diminish the people of that time or the work they did. It is unfair for us to judge the 18th century from a 21st century perspective.

    I guess I’ll leave some thoughts for another time. Your post was very strong and generated a big response from me. I’d like to hear your thoughts on what I’ve shared.

    Thanks!

  3. First of all, I want to mention that this is something I find really interesting. I am very critical on the US and especially of the way it is being worshipped by too many people, and that makes it both great fun and very enlightening to discuss that with someone who is actually American!

    Now, the main thing I noticed in your post is the high amount of misconceptions you have about Europe, which I think is quite typical for America. In Europe, America is in the news quite often, but the other way around, it doesn’t seem to happen as much. For example, tax rates in Europe are generally at best 50% (in the Netherlands it’s 52%), and this tax rate only goes for those who already earn plenty of money in the first place. 75% would be absolutely ridiculous.

    Secondly, the only countries in Europe which do not have a democracy are countries such as the Vatican, which is basically a state with a population not even exceeding 1000 people. The real European countries do not have a king ruling them, and although you might have heard about a recent coronation in the Netherlands, this king has a purely ceremonial role. He does nothing but sign the bills he is given and cut cords, and as for the Netherlands, the king is perfectly happy with that. Actually, the king would not want to see it in any other way: he does not involve himself in political views, and merely does things such as promoting sports amongst children. The king is a charity worker, not a monarch.

    These misconceptions seem to be very common in the US. For example, in the Netherlands we had a particularly good laugh about Rick Santorum’s claims about Dutch euthanasia, which he used during the presidential campaign. You can find some more info about that in here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/euthanasia-in-the-netherlands-rick-santorums-bogus-statistics/2012/02/21/gIQAJaRbSR_blog.html

    These comments were actually seen as truth within the US for quite a while, while there is hardly a single word in his description that is not purely fictional.

    Anyway, to get back on topic: The US does not have proper social systems. Social systems are those things which exist in Europe, and they are the reason why so few people in Europe end up being homeless or end up struggling excessively with their money. The only people who do end up being homeless are those who do it to themselves, and that is how it is supposed to be.

    Personally, I blame the problem the US has with socialistic values on the war on communism, and I am quite afraid that it will take until this generation has passed away before this will change. Socialism is seen as something inherently bad because it is something which has always been bad in the American view. There has never been a moment when it was seen as positive.

    Europe has had its time of what in the US is called “liberalism”, and we have moved beyond it. We still have liberals, but they would be considered socialists in the American view. To me, that is a sign of progress, while the US lacks behind, afraid of those things which they have been taught are bad and refusing to challenge that view their education has given them.

    I’m curious to see your reply!

    (And sorry my replies came so late. I am going through a rather busy time at university right now)

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