A few points worth remarking on from a Pew report gauging public opinion on the subjects of inequality, optimal economic systems, and the like in a host of countries:
- Of the 44 countries where the survey was conducted, residents of only one, Argentina, have a less favorable view of "a free market economy" than Mexicans do. While I'd naively guess a Peronist history would push people towards free market principles rather than away from them, Carlos Slim provides a ringing endorsement of capitalism rivaling that of Russia's rapacious post-Soviet oligarchy, so I guess it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Yet more indisputable evidence that Mexicans are "natural conservatives".
- From the forthcoming book 2041, who controls the future controls the present; who controls the present controls the past. Europe and its diaspora are in the past. Rather than being exceptional, the US is merely a step or two behind the Old Continent. Prepare to be controlled by the overlords of the future. We collectively see the writing on the wall:
- Across the 44 countries surveyed, there is no statistically significant relationship (.14, p-value = .37) between the expressed concern among residents about economic inequality in their countries and the actual amount of inequality, as measured by the gini coefficient, in those same countries. Environment obviously isn't everything. Human populations are culturally and biologically different from one another, and those differences have consequences.
- Speaking of income inequality, East Asia doesn't care much about it. The median percentage across countries sans East Asia identifying the "gap between the rich and the poor" as a big problem is over 60%. It's 55% in South Korea, 28% in Japan, and 42% in China. As the center of international power appears to be shifting towards the Orient, it's a happy coincidence that the American mainstream right and culturally Marxist left both don't care much about it, either!