Originally posted by telerion
Yeah, I have a lot. Do you have any good ideas?
A couple of follow up questions:
1) How are you measuring prosperity?
2) If any of your ideas rest upon America's predominant xtian beliefs, why have atheistic, communist China an ...[text shortened]... like bottom 3) and yet has a population that is nearly 100% xtian?
Since the US has, by far, the largest economy in the world, I assume that you mean that some of these countries you mention might be experiencing a larger "percentage" growth of GDP (or whatever it is you're measuring in your post)...
I'm not granting you that these countries' economies are growing faster than the US's, but it's much easier to have larger percentage gains in economic growth when you start from nothing.
Fact is, the US, in a little over 200 years, has outperformed every other country on earth during that time, and has accomplished more in 200 years than any other country on Earth has accomplished in thousands of years.
China's been around for thousands of years..their economy should completely dwarf the US economy by this time... why doesn't it? Same with Japan...same with India... the fact that they have to catch up with us should be proof enough of the superiority of a system which combines political liberty with economic opportunity... this combination is rare in history, and the US has done it longer than any other country in history.... For crying out loud, even China's population is 3-4 times that of the US... they should be kicking our collective asses all over the place economically... and yet, they're not.
And the thing is, ANY country could be great given 200 years of political liberty and economic opportunity... it's not that the people of the US are "better" than the people of any other country...it's the system...as i said, almost non-existent in history, except for in the US, over the last 200 years... and the US is the absolute envy of the world as a result.