The United States dominates in so many areas, making it very difficult to compete with the U.S. Often Democrats will point to small homogeneous countries, like the Nordic countries, as examples of better countries. The Nordic countries are great, but they don’t compare to the United States. If every factor is taken into account, it’s pretty obvious that the United States is far greater.
WHY THE U.S. IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
The U.S. has the strongest military
The U.S. is the richest country
The U.S. has the highest household disposable income
The U.S. Is the most charitable
The U.S. gives the most to foreign aid
The U.S. spends more money on healthcare than any other country
The U.S. spends the most on medical research
The U.S. takes in more immigrants than any other country
The U.S. has some of the most civil liberties in the world
The U.S. has high economic freedom
The U.S. exports the most food
The U.S. has some of the highest food security
The U.S. is one of the top countries for having the largest home sizes
The U.S. has the best entertainment (music, movies, television, and videogames)
The U.S. has the largest stock exchange
The U.S. is one of the best countries for investing
The U.S. has the best technological field
The U.S. has the most prestigious universities
The U.S. has the greatest hospitals
The U.S. is one of the largest tourist destinations
The U.S. has high energy independence
The U.S. is the most prepared for a global health emergency
(Below I go over the evidence and some additional information)
As of 2022, Global Firepower, a website that tracks military strength, says the United States has the strongest military in the world. “For 2022, United States is ranked 1 of 142 out of the countries considered for the annual GFP review.”
According to Greg Norman, a Fox News reporter, “America has more air units than any other country on Earth, with 2,085 fighters, 967 attack helicopters, 945 means of transport, and 742 special mission aircraft. The U.S. also leads the world with 39,253 armored vehicles, 91 Navy destroyers, and 20 aircraft carriers. It has an estimated 1,400,000 active personnel. Washington has allocated $750 billion to the U.S. military budget in 2020.”
The U.S. is also the world leader in space exploration, aerospace, and aviation; it has the most satellites in the world and is the world’s leader in drone technology.
THE UNITED STATES IS THE RICHEST COUNTRY
According to the Global wealth report, the United States has the highest national net wealth in the world. National net wealth is the total sum of the value of a nation’s assets minus its liabilities. National net wealth, also known as national net worth, is the nation’s gross assets minus its liabilities.
The US is the largest economy in the world (24.88 trillion dollars). According to the Office of the United States Representatives, “Constituting less than 5 percent of the world’s population, Americans generate and earn more than 20 percent of the world’s total income. America is the world’s largest national economy and leading global trader.”
LARGEST HOUSEHOLD DISPOSABLE INCOME
Disposable Income is the income remaining after the deduction of taxes and other mandatory charges, available to be spent or saved as one wishes.
According to the World Population Review, the country with the largest household disposable income in the world is the United States.
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. Disposable Personal Income Per Capita is $55,966.
According to the Charities Aid Foundation’s World Giving Index (WGI), an annual report that determines how charitable a country is, stated, “the United States of America was the world’s most generous country over the previous decade.”
According to Giving USA, Americans are the most generous people, and in 2018 they gave $427.71 billion to charities.
THE U.S. GIVES THE MOST TO FOREIGN AID
Both the World Economic Forum and Statista have the United States as number 1 for spending the most on foreign aid, compared to OECD countries.
According to the World Economic Forum, “The US, unsurprisingly, comes top when looking at total spending. Last year, it gave over $30 billion either as bilateral aid or through international organizations such as the World Bank or UN.”
According to Statista, “In 2021, the United States government donated over 8.2 billion U.S. dollars in humanitarian aid worldwide.”
SPENDS THE MOST ON HEALTH CARE
The U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation. The U.S. spends almost twice as much as the average OECD country.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “data through 2020 shows that the U.S. spends significantly more on health care than other nations, both on a per-capita basis and relative to its wealth.”
In addition, the United States dominates the medical research field, spending more on Research and Development than any other nation. The total expenditure on research and development was $543 billion in 2017.
WHAT IS ECONOMIC FREEDOM?
According to the Heritage Foundation, “Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they please. In economically free societies, governments allow labor, capital, and goods to move freely, and refrain from coercion or constraint of liberty beyond the extent necessary to protect and maintain liberty itself.”
Economic freedom is based on 12 quantitative and qualitative factors: property rights, government integrity, judicial effectiveness, government spending, tax burden, fiscal health, business freedom, labor freedom, monetary freedom, trade freedom, investment freedom, and financial freedom.
By grading each of these categories on a scale from 0 to 100, a score can be derived for a city, state, or country. The higher the score is, the more economic freedom that area has.
Numerous studies have shown that the higher the economic freedom score is, the less poverty there is. Economic freedom is synonymous with capitalism.
The Fraser Institute has found “that countries with institutions and policies more consistent with economic freedom have higher levels of income, more rapid economic growth, and a greater reduction in poverty rates.”
THE UNITED STATES HAS HIGH ECONOMIC FREEDOM
The United States has high economic freedom and is one of the top countries for economic freedom.
The United States is somewhere between the 6th and 25th economically free country in the world. The Fraser Institute ranks the United States number 7 for economic freedom; the Cato Institute ranks the United States number 6, and the Heritage Foundation ranks the U.S. number 25.
According to Fraser Institute, “The most recent comprehensive data available are from 2020. Hong Kong remains in the top position, though its rating fell an additional 0.28 points. Singapore, once again, comes in second. The next highest-scoring nations are Switzerland, New Zealand, Denmark, Australia, United States, Estonia, Mauritius, and Ireland.”
EXPORTS THE MOST FOOD AND HAS HIGH FOOD SECURITY
The United States is the largest food exporter in the world. The U.S. feeds much of the world. The US is the largest producer of Corn, Sorghum, soybeans, Blueberries, Cow Milk, and Almonds.
According to a Global Food Security index by the Economist Group, supported by Corteva, in 2019, the United States ranks third for food security, following Singapore and Ireland.
ONE OF THE TOP COUNTRIES FOR LARGEST HOMES
According to Statista, “In 2017, Australia had the largest homes out of the countries surveyed. Australian homes measured, on average, 2,032 square feet, and were closely followed by U.S. homes at 1,901 square feet. Canadian homes were also quite large at 1,792 square feet.”
Movies and TV: The top 50 highest-grossing movies in the world are all from the United States. The top 5 movies are Avatar, Avengers: Endgame, Titanic, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.
Most of the top movie-producing companies are all American: Netflix, Disney, Hulu, Prime, HBO, AMC, Universal, Marvel, DC, Warner Bros, and 21st Century Fox.
Music: According to the U.S. News & World Report, “The music market in the United States is more than triple the size of any other country’s, coming in at a projected $15.1 billion for 2016.”
LARGEST STOCK EXCHANGE
According to Statista, “The New York Stock Exchange is the largest in the world, with an equity market capitalization of just over 24.6 trillion U.S. dollars as of July 2022. The following three exchanges were the NASDAQ, the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and Euronext.”
ONE OF THE BEST COUNTRIES FOR INVESTING
One of the best countries for investing in the United States.
According to Howard R. Gold, a MarketWatch columnist, “among all global stock markets, the U.S. offers the best long-term prospects.”
The U.S. provides some of the best opportunities for real estate investment.
In 2018, according to the Afire International Investor Survey, the United States was the best country for real estate investments and capital appreciation. Here are the top five countries on the list:
- The US
- the UK
Here is the ranking of the best global cities for real estate investment in 2020:
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
BEST TECHNOLOGY FIELD
The US remains the world leader in technology. The United States is responsible for giving the world the personal computer, the Internet, the microchip, social networks, and Wifi.
According to KPMG’s 2018 global technology innovation survey, “More than a third of technology industry leaders globally say the U.S. remains the world’s leading technology and innovation hub.”
The top 5 tech companies in the world are all located in the United States: Amazon, Google, Meta, Apple, and Microsoft.
MOST PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITIES
According to QS World University Rankings 2020, the top 3 universities in the world are located in the United States: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, and Harvard University.
According to Statista and Newsweek, the top 3 hospitals in the world are all located in the United States: Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Cleveland Clinic, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
ONE OF THE LARGEST TOURIST DESTINATIONS
Tourism is a perfect metric to determine how the amenities and beauty of a country. The United States ranks at the top for international tourist destinations. According to World Population Review, the United States, with 79.3 million visitors, is the country with the 3rd highest International travel.
The top 5 international tourism destinations in 2019 were France, Spain, the United States, China, and Italy.
TAKES IN THE MOST IMMIGRANTS
According to World Population Review, “The United States is home to the highest number of immigrants in the world. An estimated 50.6 million people in the United States—a bit more than 15% of the total population of 331.4 million—were born in a foreign country. The number of immigrants in the U.S. has increased by at least 400% since 1965. The population of immigrants in the United States is incredibly diverse, with nearly every country in the world represented among U.S. immigrants.”
HIGH CIVIL LIBERTIES: FREEDOM OF SPEECH
The United States first amendment constitutionally protects freedom of speech from government restrictions. Many other countries have freedom of speech in their constitutions, but often have many restrictions or are not as protected as the United States.
Here’s the text of the first amendment— “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or Abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
No country in the world protects freedom of speech quite like the United States. Unlike many European countries, the United States doesn’t punish someone for being offensive.
Laws against denying the Holocaust are present in France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Spain, and the Czech Republic.
You can be jailed or fined for being highly offensive or insulting someone in Denmark, Germany, the United Kingdom, Finland, Canada, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and more.
Jonathan Turley, a contributor for USA Today, wrote, “In France, 12 protesters were fined for supporting the boycott of Israel. In Denmark, a politician was convicted for burning Korans. A German politician was criminally charged for calling migrants “scum.” In England, a Baptist minister was jailed overnight for preaching against homosexuality and a man was investigated for telling a Nelson Mandela joke.”
An unreliable report by The Global State of Democracy Indices has the United States freedom of speech rating much lower than many European countries. Their report is methodologically flawed. They use very subjective measures to determine how much freedom of speech a nation has. One of the measures they use is “whether both men and women feel comfortable expressing themselves in public.” This is subjective and doesn’t determine how much freedom of speech is granted or protected by the government.
The report has Germany above the United States. Even though left-wing Politico described Germany’s hate speech laws as “arguably the strictest anywhere in the Western world.” In 2013, The prohibition of insult in Germany led to 21,454 convictions and 20,390 fines.
Other countries above the United States, according to the report, were Canada, Austria, Spain, and several other countries that fine or jail someone for being offensive, insulting Islam, or denying the Holocaust.
In addition, according to a large 2015 study conducted by Pew Research, Americans support freedom of speech more than any other nation.
HIGH CIVIL LIBERTIES: PROPERTY RIGHTS, GUN RIGHTS, AND FINANCIAL FREEDOM
According to the 2022 International Property Rights Index report, the United States is number 14 for physical property rights and number 1 for intellectual property rights.
Only 3 countries in the world protect the right to bear arms in their constitutions: the US, Mexico, and Guatemala.
According to the Economic Freedom of the World: 2019 Annual Report, the US is ranked #5 for financial freedom.
HIGH ENERGY INDEPENDENCE
According to Forbes, “Despite the ongoing impact the pandemic has had on U.S. oil production, the U.S. remained the world’s top oil producer in 2021 at 11.2 million BPD. Russia and Saudi Arabia retained their positions at #2 and #3.”
According to World Population Review, the United States is the world’s largest oil producer and has the 9th largest oil reserves.
MOST PREPARED FOR A GLOBAL EMERGENCY
According to the 2021 report by the Global Health Index (GHS), the United States is best prepared for global health emergencies
According to the organization, “the 2021 GHS Index measures the capacities of 195 countries to prepare for epidemics and pandemics. All countries remain dangerously unprepared for future epidemic and pandemic threats, including threats potentially more devastating than COVID-19.”
HONORABLE MENTION FOR GREAT COUNTRIES
Countries like Chile, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, Denmark, and Norway are all very great countries.
But the second-best country heavily leans in favor of Finland. Finland is a country with high economic freedom, a great education system, a lot of personal freedom, gun rights, and very happy people.
MY ARGUMENT AGAINST ANY OBJECTIONS
Democrats often take isolated examples, like high obesity rates and low educational scores, as evidence that the United States is not the best. This is misleading. You can do the same statistical manipulation with any country to make it look bad.
When you’re looking at every single factor, not just a few, the United States is the top pick. Immigrants pick the United States over any other country.
But that doesn’t mean that the United States dominates in every single area.
Some of the objections that some may make against the United States being the best are the high obesity rates, poor educational outcomes, high incarceration rates, higher infant mortality rates, or having a lower happiness score.
But this is very misleading. Those figures don’t at all determine how great a country is. Almost all of those factors are driven by individual lifestyle choices. If you choose to live an unhealthy life, break the law, and not study, you will be more likely to have those negative outcomes.
For example, is having a high infant mortality rate a result of inadequate medical equipment or untrained doctors? Or is it a result of the United States having a high obesity rate? Obesity is associated with an increased risk of almost all pregnancy complications.
According to a study by Eugene Declercq, a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, higher obesity rates were strongly linked with higher infant mortality rates.
Boston University School of Public Health stated that “compared to babies born to women with normal pre-pregnancy weights, the risk of infant death was 32 percent higher for mothers in the obese I category and 73 percent higher for those in the obese III category, even after controlling for demographic and medical risk factors.”
The study concluded, “Even after controlling for multiple risks, prepregnancy BMI was strongly related to infant mortality. Efforts to lower the infant mortality rate may benefit from a focus on reducing obesity among women of reproductive age.”
In addition, higher obesity rates also increased the risk for other serious diseases and health conditions. This also helps explain the lower life expectancy found in the United States.
According to the CDC, “Medical Complications of Obesity – Obesity affects many body parts: brain (stroke); throat (sleep apnea, snoring); lungs (lung disease, asthma, pulmonary blood clots); heart (heart disease, diabetes, abnormal lipid profile, high blood pressure); liver (liver disease, fatty liver, cirrhosis); pancreas (pancreatitis); gall bladder (gallstones); uterus (female disorders, abnormal periods, infertility); knees (arthritis); calves (inflamed veins, often with blood clots); feet (gout); breast, uterus, colon, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, prostate (cancer).”
Obesity is a consequence of what you put in your body. It’s a personal lifestyle choice that doesn’t represent the country as a whole.
In addition, there might be outside factors that determine how well someone does in school, their health, and their happiness. For example, something like single motherhood can impact every one of those factors.
Single motherhood alone can explain the high rates of incarceration, poor educational outcomes, high crime rates, and poverty found in the United States.
According to Pew Research Center, the United States has the highest share of single parenting in the world.
According to Institute For Family Studies, “Here are some of the well-known risks for children growing up with a single mother compared to their peers in married-couple families: lower school achievement, more discipline problems and school suspension, less high school graduation, lower college attendance and graduation, more crime and incarceration (especially for boys), less success in the labor market, and more likely to become single parents themselves (especially for girls), thereby starting the cycle all over again for the next generation.
But in the United States, you have the freedom to not study, have sex before marriage, eat poorly, not exercise, and live an unhealthy lifestyle. Sometimes there are negative consequences to freedom, but the pros out way the cons.
When immigrants, from different cultural backgrounds, move to the United States, they’re significantly less likely to face those same negative outcomes.
Legal immigrants have lower obesity rates, are more likely to be happy, and their children are more likely to succeed in school, compared to those born in the United States.
When choosing which country to move to, immigrants should keep that in mind.
They should also keep in mind that the United States dominates in military strength, personal freedoms, entertainment, and charitable giving.
It has high economic freedom, high household disposable income, high food security, high energy independence, the highest GDP in the world, and so much more.
As I said, when every factor is taken into account, the United States seems like the better choice.
HOW THE UNITED STATES CAN BE EVEN BETTER
The United States doesn’t have the best record when it comes to its infant mortality rate, life expectancy, obesity rate, incarceration rate, and educational scores. As I said above, most of these can be explained by a couple of factors, like obesity and a high single motherhood rate. Both a high obesity rate and single motherhood rate can be prevented by altering lifestyle choices.
The United States can significantly improve if it increased its economic freedom, lowered its obesity rate, and lowered its single motherhood rate. This would solve many of the major problems the United States is currently facing.
THE SUBJECTIVE NATURE OF DETERMINING THE GREATEST COUNTRY
Determining which country is the best is very difficult and mostly subjective. This article uses facts, studies, and data to try to determine that the United States is the greatest country.
It’s entirely up to your individual preferences when determining which country is the greatest. For example, if you mostly care about crime rates and education, then you might not pick the United States; but if you mostly care about home sizes, entertainment, wealth, rights, investing, and food security, then you would pick the United States.
Unfortunately, you can’t just look at all factors equally when determining which country is the greatest. For example, food security is more important than many other factors on this list. It doesn’t matter how great your country is if you are significantly more likely to starve. For that reason, I believe that the United States is the best because the U.S. dominates in the factors that are entirely up to you the reader to determine the truth. I advise you to read any opposing arguments on the subject to help you determine the truth.
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