Lying Eyes writes:
There’s a lotta friggin people in this world – about 7 billion, an inconceivable number. So where the hell are they all? In hellholes, mostly.
I made a graph of population by country to try to illustrate this. You can see that about half the world consists of 6 countries, only one of which is a modern nation. Granted China may not quite qualify as a “hellhole”, but several hundred million of its citizens can be said to work in sweatshops and live in cramped quarters. Though Tom Friedman seems to think India is a role model, it’s a depressingly poor country where human feces and urine decorate its public spaces. Indonesia is the world’s fourth largest nation, but no one seems to give a rat’s ass about what goes on there. Brazil, still the Country of the Future, is, for the vast majority of its population, a crime-ridden slum. And of course Pakistan – sound like a fun place to live?
Then when you turn the corner, our 7th largest country is Nigeria – yes, heaven on earth. Nigeria – an absolutely god-forsaken place – mired in the deepest poverty, terrorized by oil-driven banditry – is larger than Russia! And Russia certainly has its own problems. And look who’s 13th on the list – li’l ole Mexico, dwarfing any European nation (not counting Russia). As you can see you have to go past Vietnam – and Ethiopia – We Are the World Ethiopia! – to get to Germany (and civilization).