Is America the Greatest Country in the World?

The US General Election

The US GENERAL ELECTION race is of course heating up, with Sanders, Clinton, Trump, Rubio and Cruz most in the running as of writing this summary. What better time to ask "Is America the Greatest Country in the World?" It is probably the freest with, for example, freedom of speech unparalleled around the globe. But is it perfect...?

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I am not American.

I have been to the United States on three occasions (not counting the time I took a night train through Maine that dipped into New England travelling from eastern Canada to Montreal -- lots of nice, dark trees...): once to a youth congress in the tiny town of Macomb, Illinois, once when driving through northern Michigan, Duluth, Minnesota, and Grand Forks, North Dakota (again, en route from one part of Canada to another, taking the fastest route(!)), and in the summer of 2001 when I flew from London to Washington, and took the train up through to New York, and then on to Boston (eerily, about three months before the World Trade Center attacks).

I have, however, lived in a country 50% of whose population lives within 100 miles from the US border, and more than 50% of whose television is piped directly up from America, ie, Canada.

I have also lived in two other Western countries (Britain and Germany), and have travelled in the Middle-East (Israel and the Palestinian territories), Morocco (twice), West Africa, post-communist Eastern Europe, etc.

So, is America the greatest country in the world?

America Might be the Greatest Country in the World in Some Ways?

Of course the first thing to say is that a country is not its government.

America, much like all of the rest of the world, rarely has a particularly impressive government -- on the whole, usually governments everywhere are a mixture of the good and the bad (even Saddam Hussein's government gave its people free university tuition, and even extended this to foreign students; it was also religiously moderate and the place of women in Iraqi society was relatively modernized in general -- if one can talk in generalities about individual lives...).

A times American governments have acted heroically; usually, as with all governments everywhere, much of what is done is suspect or, at any rate, mediochre.

But a country is not its government, and so, as much as millions around the world feel slighted, bullied and ignored by the present Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz-etc oligarchy, these people are not America as a whole.

Extremists Who Attack America are Hypocrites

Of course, Osama bin Laden and those who are inspired by the Wahhabi sect that represents such a minuscule minority of the millions upon millions of sensible, peaceable, Muslims spread across the world, are at the pinnacle of hypocrisy to target innocent lives (not just American, but in Morocco, South Africa, Bali, Saudi Arabia, England and Spain) as a reaction to various acts peformed by various American administrations.

It may be, perhaps, an abomination for American troops to be stationed on holy Saudi soil (though in truth there is nothing holy about the Saudi regime itself in the first place, and US bases are far away from the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, at the other end of a country forged out of the desert in part from alliances with Western powers in the past), but it makes no sense to attack "America and her allies" in such a bloodthirsty manner, as a reaction to violence done to you. Indeed, it goes contrary to Islam, an important tenet of which is a ban on targeting innocents, and a general attempt to give people the benefit of the doubt where possible.

So, whether or not America is great or is the Great Satan, its people deserve to live in peace and dignity.

Do Americans live in Peace and Dignity?

And there are many ways in which Americans do live in peace and dignity.

As is the case for all of us lucky enough to live in constitutional democracies, there are rules about police and legal organs infringing upon us, there are rules about our ability to protest in public, to consume media and arts, to speak freely on any topic, to vote if we are over a certain age, to appeal to higher courts if we feel we are being discriminated against.

These things make America one of the best places in the world to live, and confer on its people a measure of peace and dignity envied by those not fortunate enough to live in Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and those other territories that uphold such ideals.

Many Countries are as Great as America

Of course there are lots of ways in which a country can be "great."

It is difficult to imagine rivaling the greatness of either India or China in terms of the breadth and length of cultural and religious history. Surely there is a sense in which these are the two greatest countries in the world.

Even in terms of modern definitions of social justice and fair governance, European countries, certain Asian countries, and parts of the Commonwealth, for example, show equal and perhaps superior "greatness."

Certainly, both Europeans and Canadians scratch their heads at the American attitude both to health insurance and guns.

Similarly, in countless countries across the world post-secondary education is free, both in parts of Europe but also in certain non-democratic nations.

Admittedly the American Revolution kicked off a form of government that was to be echoed in many parts of the world and, unlike in France or Russia, here it did not descend into tyranny after a few short years (or even months!).

But Athens had a form of democracy hundreds of years before Christ, and England had a formal parliamentary charter by the Middle Ages, in the Magna Carta. Similarly, both urbanized and rural societies around the world have had some sort of debate-based government -- it is not wholly an American invention by any means.

On Balance

On balance, then, we can say that America stands for and exercises a large number of hugely important principles, many of which support, uphold and encourage basic human rights. In many ways it is worthy of immense respect, though not, perhaps, more than is the case for, say, Australia, Belgium or South Korea. Of course many of these countries would lie under the yoke of tyranny were it not for the efforts of the allies during the Second World War (and arguably the Korean War also), and naturally the United States was a mighty, central and essential player in this combined effort. Similarly, the (perhaps self-interested) efforts of America to prop up economically and philosophically the fledgling democracies and recovering nations of Europe and Asia saved the world from a new Dark Ages.

And of course, without America, Stalin may well have succeeded where Hitler failed.

Two-sided

But like most questions, everything has two sides.

The involvement of American corporations in all sorts of atrocities does not make the United States stand out -- this sort of exploitation and oppression has been handed down by all sorts of nations, Western and non-Western alike: it does not, however, stand as an example of where Americans have refused to take part in a moral wrong, either...

Similarly, clearly Britain, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Japan, China, the Greeks and the Romans have all been a party to the evils of colonialism and Empire -- here too, America is not a stand-alone, but has collaborated with colonizing nations or actively sought out colonies for herself.

In the End

In the end America is not THE greatest country in the world, though she does have some extremely admirable qualities -- in some senses she is definitely the "joint-best" country in the world.

But often such judgements depend on where you sit. For many, America continues to collude in all sorts of evils (the weapons trade, the tobacco industry), and its leadership has at times been lacking to the point of disaster.

Thus, while it is very important to remember that without America the world might well be a much darker place, there are other ways in which this great country does nothing to improve some dreadful things, and is often instigator or collaborator in such matters.

This is my opinion. I am not American. But I feel that all questions should be met with a mixed set of perspectives, and an eye for balance. The question of the greatness of a country is one such type of question.

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Tater2tot 8 years ago from ~~~

I have to disagree with you. I think the United States is the best country ever. Of course I am a little bias since I live here... I think we are very fortunate to vote for whom we want and to have free speech and free protest. We do have our problems as you pointed out but I love being American. And I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Good hub. You had me going that you were going to say yes it was but than you said no. LOL.

Tayler!


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blangrehr 8 years ago from Spartanburg SC

I like the hub. It showed good insight and lacked the usual hate associated with non-American opinions about our country. I also agree about the good and the bad of any country and its government. I think co-best is great; some very good points; all-in-all, I agree; America is great.

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AdsenseStrategies 8 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com Author

Yes America has lots of fantastic points to it, but a lot of these points are exactly the same in many other countries -- Canada, many of the countries in Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, all of these places have strong, vibrant democracy, strong protection of freedom of speech and freedom to protest.

Also, it is worth mentioning that countries like India have democratic processes too, although, much like many places in the world, much of their economies were bled by (Western) colonial powers for so long, and now trade agreements make it difficult for some of these places to gain any stability...

Anyway, these things are complicated -- America is certainly the Beacon for Democracy, and for this reason the world owes it a great debt, but it was also one of the countries that got rich off of slavery, so it cannot be considered all good either.

Complicated, indeed. I suppose the most important thing is to recognize that all the worlds' people, in all countries everywhere, should be considered equals, and I am sure many of these (perhaps all people?) consider their own country to be the best -- maybe this is just a natural instinct, in fact...

Thanks for taking the time to comment!


Toronto condos 8 years ago

greatest country is the one, where you feel great...


hutchinsonm 8 years ago

I would like to commend you for this post. I am American but unlike lots of other Americans I have lived in numerous countries and I can say for a fact that America is not the greatest country in the world. I would also like to comment about the election process here in the U.S. to the first poster - Tayler. You should go back and read your history books - the people do not elect the president in this country - it is the electoral college they just happen to go with the popular vote so they aren't removed from office in either the house or the senate.


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AdsenseStrategies 8 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com Author

Thank you all for your responses.

America, as I say, is extremely important as a symbol of democracy and, although it has witnessed some dreadful, dreadful things (slavery, the use of nuclear weapons, etc), over two hundred years it is the only prominent unified mass-democracy of those born since the 1700's to have survived with no interruptions for such an enormous length of time.

The ideals of democracy were not the creation only of Americans, but of people from many countries, but in Germany, France, Italy and Russia, for example, many false starts and human catastrophes mark these countries' progress towards the fulfillment of these ideals.

America, of course, had a searing Civil War, atrocious legal racism until abolition and beyond, women could not vote there until the 20th century, and even now, as always, there is a large difference between those who have money and power and those who don't.

On the other hand, many other countries have equally strong democratic systems and freedoms -- all of these, like America, are wrapped up, paradoxically, in processes which keep other nations' prosperity down, however, particularly in Africa.

But, at least in some sense, thank God for America -- thank God that it is not Stalinist Russia or Nazi Germany that dominates the world. Thank God that the country with the most muscle on earth upholds, at least theoretically, the ideas of freedom, human rights, and compassion. Often it acts very much to the contrary of these ideals, but, thank God, often it is a major force pushing and striving for the promotion of these things.

I am not American, but I thank God every day it is a country like America that holds the balance of power, rather than some of the dictatorships and tyrannies that could have risen up. For this reason, despite much of the damage caused by American governments at times, it is important to feel blessed that America is what she is.


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t.keeley 8 years ago from Seattle, WA

I can see how the world might be a bit darker, but then again it is frustrating to watch the leaders of my country trample on the rights of others left and right, especially in the last 10 years or so. I think we;re looking at patriotism in a jingoistic fashion anymore, which does bother me tremednously. Still a good country, but the people have lost their identity and have traded it with amnesty for countless millions to incorporate their culture into what used to be our identity. America is even far too globalised to be considered a specific group of people anymore. I guess if I lived elsewhere for a decent period of time I'd return and see the benefits, but at the moment I only know what I've lived with all my life.


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Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

This was a well written article. I'm an American who has travelled extensively outside of the United States. I love my country, but it is no longer the greatest country in the world. It's filled with great people, who were sold out a long time ago by our government and big business. God help us!


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Paraglider 8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

To someone living in a country there is, or should be, available the full depth and breadth of that country's culture. America has a great deal to offer its citizens. However, to someone living elsewhere in the world, a country is defined by its foreign policy, and I'm sorry to say that in this respect America has gone down in the estimation of the world, through the acts and omissions of the present Administration. I hope it can be redeemed.


Touria 7 years ago

As a recent immigrant and a woman, I love living in this country. God bless America!


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HLC 7 years ago

America is the greatest country because we ushered in the age of freedom and ended the age of empires where there freedom was restricted. We advanced the world and ended tranny in many countries. We have the greatest and most powerful modern miliatry and we have been great ever since the start. we also have God and have often protected small countries. we restored Israel which is Gods people and still continue to protect them. in our country everyone is free. Our soldiers protect us with their lives. we have never lost a war. America has also spread Christianity through the world. In God We Trust so then let God protect us and all free people forever. We will never let Empires return and we will always protect any free man because they have the right to make their own future.


Pete 7 years ago

Just FYI, America is not a country. is a Continent, and yes, is the best continent of the world. Now, If you are talking of the United States, indeed is a great country but I am not sure if is the best of the world.


Terry Jade Spearce 7 years ago

Duh! America is the greatest country in the world and that's the truth


BLACK NAZI JEW 7 years ago

AMERICA WINS THE GAME.

IT ALSO WON YO MAMMA.- BLACK GUY


YA 7 years ago

America is the greatest country in the world. God bless the USA!

Greetings from Germany


Chris 7 years ago

I dont really want to add my opinion to this thread, but i just would like to applaud the unbiased manner you approached this controversial topic. *clap* *clap*.


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AdsenseStrategies 7 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com Author

Thanks Chris, for your comment. As a non-American who has lived in 3 other countries on two continents (three different parts of the UK spanning over three decades, three different cities in different parts of both English and French Canada, also spanning three decades, plus three years in Germany), it is difficult for me NOT to be biased, as all these cultures have strong anti-American threads running through them...

That Americans are still fighting to get public health boggles my mind (and, no, public health care is not the same as "Socialism": even under Margaret Thatcher, Reagan's best conservative friend, Britain had public health care), as it does the millions and millions of people living in countries that do have it.

That there are thousands of gun homicides per year in the US, when in most countries with otherwise similar cultures there are less than a hundred, also boggles the minds of the rest of us...

Finally, that US governments have supported some of the most genocidal and homicidal maniacs on the planet, including Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, is naturally very hard to swallow.

However, while it is COMPLETELY FALSE to say that Western Europeans, Australians, Canadians, etc., are less free than Americans, or poorer, it IS true, I think, that America was the first country in the world to set up a government that, on balance, and in principle, is a system worth emulating and modelling one's own country on. Of course, the fact that it took another century for blacks to have the vote, to say nothing of women, is hardly a mark in America's favour. But the basic framework that was set out by the Founding Father's represents a great leap forward in human progress, to be sure.

Let us also not forget that, even though the United States was very reluctant to join the war effort in the Second World War until the Japanese attacked Hawaii (itself arguably formerly "conquered" by the US), and did not join forces against Germany until Germany itself declared war on the United States, nevertheless the heroism of American soldiers, combined with that of British, Canadian, Russian, Indian, Chinese and many others, and their sacrifice, is the reason Britian, Japan, France, and so many others have ANY freedom at all!

In the end, in the old joke, if you hadn't leant a hand, I think I'd have to say, we Europeans "would all be speaking German now."

This is very true. I thank any American reading this from the bottom of my heart.


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bg jojo 7 years ago from California

I'm American and I'd have to agree with you.


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solarcaptain 7 years ago from california

America is relatively new and has been tested a good deal on the battlefield. Our system does go crazy with the election of a crazy presidfent, but the system does right itself, eventually. It's not great in some ways but is still evolving.

Other countries are following America's lead. the system works and it works well sometimes.. It was designed for the rich. Oddly enough, democracy seemed to grow with the rhetoric of our landed and ruling class.

Having been around, I like our money, entertainment, supermarkets, universities,the striving for equality, and especially free speech. Though sometimes there is a price to b e paid if one is too blunt with the truth.

History is under constant assessment and revised for the schools and for the sake of truth. It's amazing what has happened since 1960. when I was a kid the word f---was empowered with so much authority it could get a student expelled, a prisoner beat up, a husband divorced, a child traumatized for life.

Lenny Bruce and the free spedech movement changed it. George Carlin made it funny, and richard Nixon taped it in the oval office for private use later.

we need more emphasis on higher education. that's how you beat China, India, and Russia. Not by keeping the $10.00 an hour jobs in the U.S.. .


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AdsenseStrategies 7 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com Author

I like your very balanced response solarcaptain. I am sure there are millions of Americans like you in your country, even when the stereotype we receive is one of a nation of uneducated ignoramouses (I have found this stereotype of Americans rampant in both Canada and Britain, all of my life). Clearly this can't be right; I mean, how do you develop so many scientific and technological breakthroughs as the US does if noone there is smart (of course, key to this is FUNDING science, as well as the arts, which spill over into increased intelligence, generally speaking; both are connected to HIGH LEVELS OF FUNDING FOR EDUCATION...).

I hope you do not want to "beat" the Chinese, Indians or Russians. That is not how progress plays out: instead, cooperation, in business, technology, etc., is key. For example, it is pointless if Obama's America succeeds in developing green technologies, if these are not then shared with China or India, who produce mountains of pollution (I'm not talking global warming here, I'm talking ruining the atmosphere and habitat of all human beings through pollution).

As for Russia, it is beating itself: there is so much corruption, and so little in the way of public infrastructure funding, that many pine for the former Soviet Union. Imagine: things have to be bad if people want a return to being afraid to speak to their neighbours about the wrong topics, for fear of disappearing in the night...


American 7 years ago

Lolz America Smells Bad.


Nick 7 years ago

45 million without health insurance and climbing. An american education costs more than a moderately sized home. Food production has been steadily decreasing since the 60s. Manufacturing is all but out-sourced. Personal rights are cast aside by power-mongering police. More people are in jail than other country besides china. The list goes on.......


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The Shark 7 years ago from Hampton, NH

Hi Strategies, coming from Canada I can understand why you would be confused about somethings that make us American. You said you can't understand why Americans would not want Universal health care. Simple, we are Americans and our history is to "want" as little gov't intervention in our lives as possible. We have a great health care delivery system now. We have one of the highest mortality rates and birth mortality rates in the world too. We consider birth mortality from the min. the birth takes place, most countries only factor in birth deaths that occur 24 to 48 hrs. after birth. People come from all over the world to the US for care.Including the wealthy Saudi king, who could go anywhere. Many people come here from Canada because of the wait time for service.

In addition, our country's solution for paying for this is to punish people earning $280,000. with an est 52% tax rate. In America we believe in equality, if you earn 100,000 you should pay 30%, if you earn 280,000 you should pay 30%. You pay the same rate but more dollars by income amount.

As for your comment about us accepting "free" public education, nothing could be further than the truth. There are many US citizens, myself included, that did not send my child to a Government School for a whole host of reasons. One a superior education in a private school. But that "free" education you spoke about cost me twice!!  My property tax, yhea we have that to, is $10,000! that's to support the govt schools. I didn't get a rebate for paying to send my kid to private schools. So the govt doesn't give you much of a choice there. If after paying your prop. tax to pay for other's kids to attend "free" school and you don't have enough to pay for private your stuck sending your kid the "free" govt school. So much for free schools, the same thing will happen with health care.

So after paying property taxes, then  6.25% state income tax, then15% social security tax, then 1% medicare tax, then 30% federal income tax---then all the "hidden taxes, state and fed gas tax totaling .42/gal connection tax for land and cell phones. excise tax for cars, home heating fuel tax, elec transmission tax, investment tax, (sec), Insurance premium tax on life, home and car, (not disclosed in bill), state sales tax 6.25%, meals tax 8%,, 12% alcohol tax, tobacco tax 20%.  I'm probably missing a few.----------------

But how much more do you want from us?? We don't want to be Canada, Briitan, France, Holland or any other country we are America and some of us would like to keep it that way.

The Shark---trying to keep America from becoming Europe---the place we  fought a war to get away from.


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Karen Weir 7 years ago from Alberta Canada

This is a fantastic hub. Very well thought out and unbiased. Shark, you give Americans a bad name. YOU don't speak for ALL Americans. And you are ... excuse me for saying this... wrong about having the lowest mortality rate (although you say you have the highest mortality rate, I'm sure you meant lowest). Sorry.


008hc 7 years ago

Do you know what America has risked to keep this world safe. Everyone always points out the faults of America and what they have done wrong, but you don't know what they've done right. America created a whole new world. A world where freedom was created and Kings and Queens cease to exist. Soon the idea of freedom inspired a world and they took action. America ended the age of Empires and Emperors. America stopped one of the Greatest Superpowers ever, twice when we just came into existence. America saved Europe and the world from total destruction, twice. We saved the Jews who being obliterated. We toppled Hitler and the Nazis where others failed. America crushed a freedom threatening Imperialistic Japan who wanted the world and attacked and killed innocent people. America faced the evil empire of the USSR. For 46 years America risked its country for the hope of everlasting freedom not just for us, but for the whole world. Even when America was outnumbered during the Cold War they prevailed. In 1991 America saw victory and the Soviets collapsed and freedom was preserved for all of time. America promised its country to hunt down and kill the terrorists who killed thousands of not just its people, but the worlds. That’s what America did for the world. That’s why they are the greatest country in history. They saved the world countless times and if you refuse to acknowledge that then you don't deserve to be free cause without America you would be nothing.


quran 7 years ago

in last 50 years most civilians innocent people were killed by usa.


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AdsenseStrategies 7 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com Author

Hi there.

A quick response to 008hc. Indeed, those of us who are Europeans owe a debt of gratitude to those many American servicemen who lay down their lives in Europe to help defeat Hitler. Of course they were not the only ones to do so: Canadians, Indians, Australians, New Zealanders, and many more from outside Europe came to help in our defence, and perhaps most predominantly, the sacrifice of the Russians (though of course, Hitler forced their hand by invading them), was crucial also...

We also owe a debt of gratitude for the money and infrastructure that you pumped into Europe after the war was over, and of course if it wasn't for the United States, then there is a good chance that Stalin would have kept on going right into Western Europe. So thank you, sincerely. I would not have wanted to be born into either a fascist or a communist regime, and you helped prevent either of these things from happening.

On the other hand, the next comment, below yours, is also probably true: innocent civilians across the world have died, if not always at the hand of the US, then at the hand of armies and dictatorships supported by the US.

For this reason, can we not, while saying that we are thankful for America's hand in stopping both Germany and Japan, and also for keeping Stalin at bay, agree that any country is complex: all of the great powers (including my own country, Great Britain, and even the one I now live in, Canada), have perpetrated great atrocities over the years. The glaring horror in America is perhaps the long period of slavery and discrimination for black Americans, for example.

Countries can be great in many ways, but still have an evil side...


James M. 7 years ago

I think to decide if America is the greatest country in the world or not... one must look at the fruit it has brought forth.

Like all country's, The United States of America has many flaws. Some are TERRIBLE to the degree that its painful... yet America truly offers freedom to those who truly seek it. This country has been a beacon to the world since its foundation. The founding fathers of the United States were truly some of the greatest men that ever lived.

having said that, I would like to make a point that I am a proud member of the National Guard. I have served in Afghanistan as an airborne infantry soldier, and I have seen my fare share of bloodshed. I have come to realize that even though America has its problems... we still spend billions of dollars, give our own boys lives, resources aid and other such things to countries all over the world. America is inherently a good country. We try to spread freedom to the world, even it it means our own have to die... and I think that is the ulitmate statement.

God bless the greatest country in the history of the world... The United States of America!

Hoorah!


Cody 7 years ago

There seem to be so many things wrong with the United States. I've been going from site to site trying to find something descent about the United States. It depresses me.


Cody 7 years ago

There seem to be so many things wrong with the United States. I've been going from site to site trying to find something descent about the United States. It depresses me.


maxim 6 years ago

to be honest america is one of the worst countries in the world, and has probably the world's worst history.

gay and lesbian rights are limited, they are very conservative and stupid, the literacy rate is very low, they do not look after their poor, they know virtually nothing of the outside world (as we can see from previous posts), they have dictators, and they are very corrup, they do not look after their people or the environment, and they are failing economically.

people in cuba live longer than they do.


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AdsenseStrategies 6 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com Author

Mmmm, In response to Maxim, I have to say that, while I do not think America is the "best" country in the world (though in some ways it is, I would think), it is definitely NOT the worst country in the world.

For example, despite attempts by various individuals in government to manipulate the system, the system itself has remained intact for two centuries: there are all kinds of checks and balances, federal versus state power, executive versus legislature, courts, appeals courts, a welfare net of some kind, certification standards, scientific research, and, most importantly, while certain players in American society show shockingly low moral standards, the IDEALS espoused by America, even if often dragged in the mud, are EXTREMELY praiseworthy.

This does not mean that I agree with large sections of American foreign policy, or their approach to health care, for example, but to say America is the worst country in the world is CRAZY.

Try living in North Korea. Try living in Russia. Try living in sub-Saharan Africa. Seriously, America has many dark side, but it remains a beacon and a standard on so many other planes.


5ironcab9 6 years ago

No, there is no greatest country in the world. Every country has done great things, some more than others.


jasmas 6 years ago

hasn't the US influenced other countries with crime, drugs, erotica & fast food ?


JNCIA 6 years ago

Yes Nice Article and its true every country around the world has great things in every aspects


radio 6 years ago

In terms of foreign policy the US only steps in to help when it has something to gain. The US even benefits economically from the 0.01% of total GDP it donates to middle income countries, authoritarian regimes, and Israel.

I've lived in the states and I can say that Americans are NOT free at all. They are completely controlled by consumer culture and the biased corporate media. Who cares about freedom if you can't take advantage of it.

However, I agree that Americans and America are inherently good and that maybe cheaper, more accessible higher education could change things.

Also, I think that America is definitely one of the best countries in the world when it comes to things like freedom of association,speech, it's toleration of counter-cultures- as long as you aren't compromising any major corporate or political interests.

But no way is the best country in the world, i thought the only people who believed that were rednecks and people without passports.


Nan 6 years ago

I am glad to hear how you really feel about America. And some other countries too. I think that we should keep our money home, and our resources and stop trying to help other countries who do not appreciate the American Way. There were slaves back in the Bible Day. There are still slaves in other parts of the world. It sounds like you are extremely bitter. You do in this country have freedom of speech. We as Americans need to stay home and keep our money at home. Our main fault is trying to sell democracy to other nations, and they do not want democracy. Keep our billions of dollars (tax payers) at home. Leave other people alone, we are constantly trying to HELP.


radio 6 years ago

I think you are absolutely right. America needs to leave everyone alone. Guess what? Much of the world would be able to survive easily without US AID if America would also stop exploiting these countries economically and robbing their local economies from having any sort of potential to grow. But then again, that would damage your own economy and you couldn't have that now could you. In America, the economy comes first, even before the values and well-being of its people.

America is wonderful for many many reasons, and I am also thankful everyday that this country is the global power instead of Nazi Germany or Stalin's Russia, but US policy has a dark side too. Right now it's causing more problems in the world with it's intervention than solving. That is why few people can "appreciate the American Way" right now.

I don't know what you mean by how "i feel about other countries"...how could you possibly know that? and you should look up how the US also benefits from the slave trade, along with drug cartels and totalitarianism.


Bryce 6 years ago

Yes. America rocks


Andoomn 6 years ago

As an Englishman. I've been to America twice and I have to say I was pretty underwhelmed. I have travelled extensively and lived in other countries and I wouldn't even rank it in the top five. Americans think America is the best because on the whole they know no better. I wouldn't even rate my own country at the best. As for America I would easily put it behind Japan, Australia and France.


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kartika damon 6 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

Hello AdsenseStrategies, I just discovered your hubs and am very impressed with your thoughtful and fair treatment of the question. It is juvenile, in my opinion, for Americans to run around screaming that we are the greatest country in the world, when in fact, it is more accurate to say, as you have, America has many great aspects, but many other nations are equally or more deserving of a #1 ranking. Many who claim we are so superior have never traveled, or read or studied about other countries and don't fully grasp the history of America or the evil of some of our deeds. However, as you said, all nations are guilty of less than ideal behaviors! Currently our nation looks pretty silly and backwards dealing with the health care issues at hand--and 30% of Americans are illiterate, and alarming statistic. Perhaps if we were more educated we could have avoided electing a moron like Bush to office and avoided the collapse of our economy, an environment in shambles, and a health care system that is certainly not the world's greatest! Kartika


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Thanks for all these varied comments. I'd like to clarify something, however:

America and Americans have done many good things and continue to do so. I am not debating this. As I have said above, us Western Europeans would have been sunk by either the Nazis or the Soviets without Americans.

But THAT WAS NOT MY QUESTION.

I come from Britain. In Britain you usually hear people saying that their country is pretty damn good, but you rarely hear them saying it is THE BEST (except in soccer, where it definitely isn't! :-) ). You also hear a lot of people complaining about their country.

I now live in Canada. In Canada, you rarely hear people saying that they live in the greatest country in the world (perhaps never, in fact!).

But in America, you hear this CONSTANTLY. And THAT is the question... NOT, "Is America good" but "Is America the BEST".

Frankly, it isn't. (This is just my opinion). And I say this, interestingly, for one and only reason. A country cannot be the greatest country in the world if it does not have universal health coverage. This coverage does not have to be free, it does not even have to be public, but it does have to be AFFORDABLE, for EVERYONE, period.

That's my two-cents' worth. Just my opinion, but it is what I think :-)


DME 6 years ago

hutchinsonm seriously? if the electoral college goes with the popular vote and you happened to be the reason for the popular vote then you do infact vote for the president, these are some cases where the college does its own thing but other wise americans do get a say in what they want....

hey its better than living in ethiopia....


123 6 years ago

It really depends on who you ask. If you ask an american, of course that person is going to say that America (or the United States) is the best country. But Norway is ranked the best country repeadetly.


Fabio Jones 6 years ago

I do believe that the United States is the best country ever. It is very difficult to compare countries that are much smaller and do not significantly contribute to the well being of the world to the U.S. The United States has such a unique and difficult responsibility as the only major power in the world and as with any local policeman you will hear just as many bad things as good things with their policy. Should the U.S. even be policeman? Perhaps not in all cases, but I think overall most cases have been necessary. All in all to compare any country to the United States based on present statistics is absurd as no other country has the responsibility of the U.S. I think when you consider the overall weighted average of the greatness of a country, there is not one that even comes close to the United States. Now if you were simply asking if there are currently better places to live in the world, there may be argument to that. But overall is the United States the greatest country in the world? I would argue yes it is! But then again this is an argument coming from a biased American who has visited 132 countries and studied on 3 different continents.


Harris Meyer, DC 6 years ago

what a great dialogue. America, the land of the free (tho our Gov't is in our business way too much) and where we can fight for what we believe in...the right to bear arms, abortion, gay marriage, etc. And we also have our gross arrogance. We run the sink water while we get things form the fridge, we keep our cars running polluting the air while we wait for people to arrive from commuter trains, we eat to obesity, bla bla bla. We support the richest people in the world, the Walmart family while they underpay, take advantage of, foster sweat shop conditions internationally, etc...but who cares? We want our stuff cheap and it doesn't matter what the true cost is. Yes, we're a nation of huge contrast and of dichotomy. I really love my country but it ain't perfect. Nowhere is tho as far as I have found. Keep the conversation going.


Keithscatch 6 years ago

Is this really a question with merit? Is there any other country that even comes close to the United States? I laugh at that. People need to open their eyes to see all that this country does. (Country as defined by the people living here)

No other country on Earth has ever given as much money, time, creativity, inventions, assistance, love, food as the USA.

USA is a Christian nation founded by Christian Puritans and I thank God that this is our culture. I am sick and tired of the I hate USA crowd who lives here ironically, who see it as their lifes calling to find everything bad about this country. Why not spend as much time and effort into looking at what this nation does to help other nations. How much money this nation sends to other nations is staggering. We send more food to needy impoverished nations than any other nation PERIOD.

Sorry folks, but if you think this nation is the worst ever than you are blind, confused, and well ignorant to the facts. You are listening to the wrong crowd spouting the wrong information. Start studying for yourself what the people of the USA do and our government for the rest of the world and our own citizens.

Without the US Earth would still be in the stone age. We brought the industrial revolution to the world. Due to our belief to allow free speech and free thought, our nation has produced the greatest inventions of all time. What would the world do without electricity? Or without the telephone? Computers? Internet? etc. etc. etc.

So before you keep bashing this GREAT nation start giving some thanks for what this nation has afforded you, The ability to go on a web blog like this and whine about our GREAT nation.

What made this nation so GREAT was a belief in Jesus and freedom of religion which did not exist anywhere else on Earth at the time. Since, the belief in Jesus is not popular by some "mainstream" people anymore, they have sought to remove Jesus from our rich history of Him in our government, schools and all public places. As Jesus is removed from more and more places and things, we will continue to see a decline in our great nation.

Yet, even considering all the flaws our nation has, America is still the beautiful and still deserves a lump in the throat when singing of her beauty and greatness.

God bless the USA.


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AdsenseStrategies 6 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com Author

Well, that was certainly a long comment ;-)


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The industrial revolution began in my native region of Shropshire, England. The telephone was invented by a Scotsman living in Canada. The first wireless signal was sent by Marconi, an Italian. DNA was first seqenced by Brits, and genetic theory developed by Mendel, a Czech(?). Nuclear physics was developed by Einstein, a German. And the US gives less per capita in overseas aid than most other industrialized nations. So, Keith, calm down. Nobody is saying America isn't great. The question was: Is it, incontrovertibly, the GREATEST.


Max Power 6 years ago

America: Love it or leave it!!!!

You all sound like a bunch of whiney Euro-Weanies. Stand in line for your "free" health care and other government hand-outs.


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Perhaps not surprisingly a term like "euro-weanies" is not only offensive, but well, frankly, sounds odd to someone familiar with Europe.

First of all, as is often pointed out by its American opponents, health care is not free in Europe, it is paid for by *taxes* (and in some cases monthly fees in fact; it's just that the fees don't go into the pockets of corporations, or at least not directly). In addition to this, in many parts of the world where guaranteed affordable health care exists (and this includes parts of Europe), the health care system is in fact entirely private... but it is regulated so unfair practices are not permitted.

Anyway, thanks for the comment either way, because fortunately in America you don't have to leave the country if you disagree with something... you can have open debate...as on this hub.


Max Power 6 years ago

"Euro-Weanie"-Typically a resident of continental Western Europe. Characteristics are smugness, arrogance, and cowardice. Given to excessive envy and whining about the U.S.A. while forgetting their own sordid history. If you are not European, you should not take offense to the term. If you are European then "lighten up"

Americans are tired of being lectured to by Europeans that count on us for their security and then judge us on how we provide it. The fact is they need us, much more than we need them.

Many wonder why we think our country is the greatest, well we wonder why other people do not think their country is the greatest. Many also wonder why the American people do not want the government to provide health care. We wonder why other countries would want to give this power to the government, which is in all cases more inept, corrupt, and less efficent than any private enterprise.


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Comments from Americans (not Europeans) who disagree with (any of) the last comment are welcome. Best wishes


steve 6 years ago

I am American. Seeing other Americans talk about how the USA is the "greatest" country in the world, when they themselves have never lived in any other country besides USA, makes my stomach turn. I was in the US Air force for 6 years. I received my honorable discharge about 6 months ago to pursue academic opportunities. I lived in South Korea for a year, Japan for a year, and I was deployed to Thailand. I had much more fun in these nations and enjoyed interacting with their citizens greater than with my own fellow citizens. America is a great place to get an education and earn a decent paycheck, but it is not a very open society when it comes to making friends, or having intellectual conversations. I am proud of my military service and proud of the democracy my nation was founded on, but when I finish my schooling, I will try to find work outside the USA. Too many Jesus freaks and hypocrites in the USA who are blindly patriotic.

Thank you for the blog :)


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Thanks for the comment Steve


Miranda 6 years ago

While the United States is a great place, it's not THE greatest place. I love the US, it's a wonderful place. Like every country, it has it's good and bad points. I've been to Canada; not everyone was nice. It's the same here. Good and bad people.

Just like we're not the freest.

Legalized gay marriage like The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, Norway, Sweden and South Africa have then we'll talk about "Freedom for all".


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And thank *you* Miranda for your comment :-)


Pete 6 years ago

This debate is quite interesting, I have travelled to approximately 50+ different countries in my life on vacation. I am English and live in London. It is difficult to say that a certain country is the 'greatest' country in the world. Every country has good and bad aspects. I love the beauty of the English countryside, the efficiency of Germany and Japan, the friendliness of the Thai people, the cheerfulness of the Australians, Danish and Dutch. I have been to the USA over 20 times and I can say that it has a superb infrastructure, positive attitude, generous people, excellent services and it always seems colourful. For me, America is certainly one of the greatest countries in the world, I always enjoy visiting the US.


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Thanks for your comment Pete. I basically agree with you. America is an impressive place that millions envy, and dream to be part of. Other countries also have strengths -- in a world of six billion how could it be otherwise -- but on balance I think we should all thank our lucky stars that it was neither Hitler nor Stalin nor Mao that came out on top in the twentieth century... millions of goodhearted Americans stand up in countless ways every day for the values and morals that promote humanity, and it is the American system of free speech, freedom of association, and so on, that makes this possible


Keithscatch 6 years ago

Alexander Graham Bell conceived of the telephone at his summer home in Brantford, Ontario and physically created his first phone in Boston, Massachusetts (where, he said, it was 'born').

So since Bell said it was born in Boston then that is where it was created. I will give you half credit for him conceiving of it in Canada.

England did in deed begin the industrial revolution so thanks for catching that error.

I also disagree with your assessment that the US gives less per capita in foreign aid than any other industrialized nation. Firstly, this doesn't take away from the fact that in raw dollars, goods, aid, medicine, clothing, food etc that no other nation gives as much. Also, those figures do not acfcount for all of the giving that private individuals give towards aid to other nations. For instance, churches in this country give millions upon millions of dollars, food, shelter, medicine, clothing etc to the poor and needy nations. What they give is not part of what our government gives and I can promise you that no other nations churches give as much as the Christian churches here in America does.


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AdsenseStrategies 6 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com Author

Thank you for this detailed response. I am not sure, but I think actually Japan gives more in raw dollars, but that still makes America second, which is damn high of course(!). I would like to know what percentage of America's (not just America's but that of ALL donor countries) goes to the poorest of the poorest (eg, Israel, Egypt, etc., receive aid, but how much do they need to?). But, either way, as I say, the issue is not at all whether America is great. I can't see how anyone could argue against it being great... it's almost obvious, in a way.

The question, on the contrary, is that of whether it is greatest of all... I actually think this is an unanswerable question.

Best wishes, and thanks again.


American and proud of it 6 years ago

I have read with interest your perspective on my country. I without a doubt agree with you that the United States is not without its faults. Yes my government and companies within my country have committed acts that are questionable to say the least but...please point out one country that does not push its own agenda and where their corporations are lily white. Please point out a country that has not stepped over the line in its foreign policy to the degree it can? My point is simply this...if we can agree that all countries push their agendas or have when they had the power to do so...Britain, France, Germany and I could go on and on then you need to place this in its proper perspective. It does not excuse it but it is simply the way it has been since the beginning of time. I believe that if evaluated on the whole the United States stands extremely tall over the 200+ years it has existed and perhaps is a beacon of greatness during this time? This does not mean that currently it is at its zenith and that the light is shining brightest but every country just like all of us as people have moments when if we are honest are not ones in which we would boast.

And I also want to address the years since 9/11, which I believe, has cost us internationally. I will admit that although I thought we should have tracked down the terrorists that attacked us and at the time thought that Iraq was perhaps harboring these terrorists so we needed to address it. I NEVER thought we should have gone to war with Iraq. It is unfortunate but it is my belief that once we leave it is only going to take perhaps 5 years before a totalitarian/religious government takes over this country, which will then despise us and bring to a complete failure our attempt to “free” these people.

I get tired of people taking pot shots and pointing out only the bad without also acknowledging the good and this is aimed at those that have made comments not at the poster. I love my country and am on the whole proud of it. We are not perfect…but please someone point out a country that is.


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I agree with your comment :-)


Jacque 6 years ago

France is the best....!!!


khalid 6 years ago

i think in many aspects such as freedom of expression and religion and democracy and advanced science & technology and great arts and architecture and a lot of other facilities beside its super power in military , sport , politics , ... so i believe that america is the greatest country in the world in the last 150 year .


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garcilazoand 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Yes.

Great title too, by the way. Really catches the attention.


steven nicol 6 years ago

I would never say that america is the best country in the world as their health care system is one of the worst in the developed world and the country has more poverty than most western european nations. America did not do much in world war 2. The only reason they helped britain and the rest of europe was because they themselves got attacked by nazi germany. hey hardly even suffered compared to countries in europe. For instance Poland lost more than 6 million people who were mostly jews and america is complaining that they suffered the most


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Hi Steven, and thanks for commenting.

I am not American, but I don't agree with everything you've said here.

Specifically, I suspect that without America's counterbalancing power, Stalin would have not stopped where he did in 1945.

Having grown up in Britain, I am very glad *someone* was there to prop up Western Europe both militarily but also economically, after the War.

While it's true that America did not enter the War militarily until Hitler declared War on them, the idea that they made no sacrifices is absurd.

American soldiers helped wrestle back Europe from the Nazis, and of course also helped the people of Asia rid themselves of Imperial Japan. America was never seriously threatened. She did not *have* to do what she did...

...More to the point, American soldiers and their families paid dearly for the freedom of others (alongside Canadians, Indians, Africans, and countless Europeans and Asians).

This does not mean I support other interventions pursued by the US (Vietnam seems to have been a misunderstanding of what was in fact a civil war; Iraq, well, the less said the better), but if Hitler had got hold of Britain I would not have been born, and the world would be very much darker than it is (at least in Europe).


ajfhsjdu 6 years ago

hey peter person.... America isn't a continet... its another name for the country. NORTH AMERICA is the continet smart one.


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Maybe the confusion comes in somehow that in some languages (French for example), the equivalent of "America" does (or can) refer to the continent... and that, if I am not mistaken, in Spanish, the equivalent of "America" refers to SOUTH America....or... something.....


American and PROUD OF IT! 6 years ago

steven nicol,

I read what you posted and regarding WWII your comments at best are ignorant. The idea that the U.S. did not suffer is absurd. If you want to say it did not suffer to the degree the countries in Europe suffered fine but to even compare the difference is pretty silly. AND if the countries in Europe had not stood recklessly by while Germany rebuilt its military and positioned itself to in fact go to war against them the U.S. would not have needed to intervene. Frankly without the U.S. getting involved the countries over there most likely would now be speaking German as there primary language. Or Russian.

The U.S. is not without its faults but let me ask how many countries in the past would have done what this country did to help rebuild the world after WW II. If you look back on history super powers of the time did not rebuild countries...they annexed them! Did we? NO! We rebuilt them. So LAY OFF!


Gene 6 years ago

Great, well thought out article. When I look at the WHO reviews of healthcare systems, America doesn't rate well. Reporters without Borders doesn't give us a glowing review of freedom of the press. We have terible infrastructure. We have a mcuh higher crime rate and imprisonment rate than other third world countries. I could go on and on. There is the belief in America's greatness and there is the statistical truth. America is a great country and I am proud to live here. But with that being said, a lot has happened in the world and few Americans really even seem to know that there is such a thing as the European union, never mind what it has accomplished as one example. So with so little information at hand this America is the greatest is nothing more an quasi religious belief system versus something measured, and tested emprically. Sure there would still be debate. After all, is it better to put 50% of your budget into the military as the US has done, or is better to put that money into provising free or low cost college educations for all citizens (as we see in Europe). Is a man freer because the governement has minimal intervention in the highly expensive for profit medical system, or is a man free because he will not suffer financial devastation of be tied to a particular employer or career path so that he get quality insurance. Again, there are many great things about this country, but I just think that our claims are out of touch with reality.


joel 6 years ago

It's not actually, there is no 'greatest country' on this world. I agree with TorontoCondos. Why does everyone that says : America is the greatest country in the world, always say bless america. If America really is that great, it's already blessed, let their blesses go to the less fortunate countries. Anyway, I just go with Gene.


Brian 6 years ago

There are, in all likelihood, better places in the world to raise a family, enjoy social life, find great food, etc...but when it comes to being the leader of the free world no country comes close to the United States. People keep telling me its a good thing to be a leader.


Jackson 6 years ago

After scanning through a few things like this and i agree with you, i liked how you pointed out the flaws and also the good point, i myself am a scotsman and have only been to u.s.a four times and it was quite enjoyable.. but scrolling down the poll at the people certain its the best above everything i have to say this, despite you think its perfect without britan modern america probably wouldn't exist ( and possibly french if my mind is right ) but to the people saying it definetly isn't without america, europe would be under one banner, german, russian, japanese ect ect and without america's support the current war in afghanistan would be failed by now.

Just one thing that gets me about the country, health insurance..


Angie 6 years ago

Hi there!

Interesting post, thank you. I am British but about to make the move to the US (mid-west), as I have been given the opportunity by my work. I have spent a lot of time over in the US before, both for vacations (mainly the coasts) and work, and see both the great benefits and drawbacks of living in such a country compared to Europe.

I'd first like to highlight the huge differences between the eastern and western coastlines (cities such as Florida, New York and LA) and places in the midwest. Although I was received by much friendliness and kindness when I have worked previously in the midwest, I must say that I found the attitudes much too right-wing and conservative for my comfort, compared to the UK/wider Europe and even the coastal areas of the USA. I was shocked by the attitudes and impolite behaviours towards some people (e.g. fast food servers, or cleaners at my workplace) and also racial minorities. My co- workers did not appreciate me driving a Japanese rental car, a concept that seemed completely alien to me.

On chatting to my peers, it was obvious that to get the best jobs in the US, an expensive private education and university is practically a must. In the UK, coming from a working/middle class family, I went to a state school and university and was able to achieve good things for myself through hard work, not through having rich parents. I am ever grateful for the educational opportunities available for all in the UK, and this is one area where I must prefer the UK system. Same with healthcare- my own opinion is that the lack of affordable healthcare for all in the US is the principle factor why I would say the US could not be the best country in the world. (But I agree with previous posts that this is entirely subjective and can never be truly defined) I also find European people much more genuine and empathetic.

However, there are many areas where for me the US win hands-down. Affordable, spacious housing & climate being just two. So by no means am I anti-US (I am going to live there after all) However, currently, I do not see it as a lifelong move, based on some of the reasons I have mentioned. I feel if I get used to the space and vastness of the US, I would likely move to Canada. Plus, as a 24-year old woman, the future prospect of just six weeks of maternity leave in the US just strikes me as impossible. Women are supported better in their careers elsewhere.

Phew, I'll end there!

Ps, definitely an Obama fan, glad he will be the president when I am there!


Vinny 6 years ago

Well, I'm and American... And maybe you all are right maybe it is instinct to love your country... And i do love my country... Im glad That America is Amazing as it is


AmericanTom333 6 years ago

I must agree with all of those who said that America is the greatest country in the world because it put its ass on the line when no one else was stepping up to the plate. We are a people that broke away from the traditional views of the world and made our own democracy based on equality for all. Sure we are not PERFECT at doing that. But that's what we strive for. That's the ultimate goal.

I'm tired of hearing so much praise for the Russians during world war 2. They didn't liberate eastern Europe to save ANYONE. Learn your history. The war in Eastern Europe was a fight amongst two egos. Hitler and Stalin both wanted to be the head hancho in Europe and battled royal-ed for domination. Hitler attacked Stalin and all Stalin wanted to do was destroy Hitler and his regime for glory of the motherland. Did Stalin try to liberate the Jews? No! He helped take over Poland in the Nazi Soviet Pact. He didn't involve in World War 2 until he was attacked. Also, he did a horribly poor job at fighting in the beginning. Losing millions and millions of lives. The Russian combat efficiency is AWFUL. Taking sometimes 17 Russians to kill 1 Nazi soldier.

Also, all Russia had to do was move its whole military force to the left.. if you think about it.

What did America have to do? Out of the midst of a depression, liberate Europe and Africa, and defend itself from Japan. It did both with higher combat efficiency. It's journey was tougher, much more brutal. They didn't get to play defense the whole time like the Russians and British.

Yes, many Canadians, New Zea-lenders, Australians, and many European lives are to thank for World War 2. But if you know your history, you will realize that Hitler would have fully dominated the continent without the involvement of the U.S.

There are so many conflicts to thank the U.S for. There are so many times when the U.S sacrificed its money and and resource to defend another country. That's why so many countries have amazing healthcare, or green technology, or great schools. They aren't using their money to defend the world. "Do I need a big military? No, America will come to my rescue!" Who do people look to in natural disasters? America. Who do people look to solve for all modern day problems? America. I see America as like a cop, or a lawyer. Most people dislike or hate them, until they need them.

Who leads the space program?

The U.S of A has given us so many inventions and technologies.

Computers

Cell phones

Satellites

Space travel

Cars

Refrigerators

Vaccines

Air planes

Televisions

Radios

and the list goes on.

Also, to say that the use of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were a bad thing...

Americans had seen how the Japanese fought on islands like Iwo Jima. They fight to the death. They do not surrender. By 1945, Japan had 2 million soldiers ready on the Japanese mainland ready to fight against a U.S invasion. We could have either dropped 2 bombs and killed half a million Japanese lives.

Or, we could have invaded and suffered the losses of millions of AMERICAN lives, Japanese lives, British and Russian lives as well.

The U.S saved China during World War 2. It has done all it is able to to make sure the world is safe, and many should thank it for that. But instead, people just expect it to be world police, and complain for the injustices in Africa, the Middle East, and in East Asia that America isn't stopping. Everyone complains, at every chance they get. We aren't Gods kingdom. I believe the U.S is the greatest country to ever be, but I don't think it can do everything by itself or be taken advantage of by other countries.


AmericanTom333 6 years ago

Also, the Constitution is the longest standing governmental document in history.

Just about everyone in the U.S was disgusted with Nazi Germany and wanted to join the war effort when attacked. Plus, the U.S gave billions worth of weapons to Britain while it was defending itself during the Battle of Britain. U.S was deemed the "Arsenal of Democracy".


Grant 6 years ago

It is impossible to tell if a country is the greatest because every country is at a different point in its history. We need to remember that although many other countries have the same freedoms as the United States does the USA has a lot relative to its age (feel free to debate that statement, I'm sure there is a con argument to it)and it has potential to be the greatest. If every country had been founded at the same time they would be at the same point in their history and it would be much easier to establish a greatest. All in all you have to give us credit, for such a young nation we are steadily getting more freedom. It takes time to be the greatest and because of the nature of time it isn't possible to tell who is.


Stephen 6 years ago

USA cannot be the best country in the world becaue CANADA is !!! Somehow all this is so juvenile. Sounds like the spoiled kid in the sandbox, my truck is the best truck in the world, well my dad can kick you dad's ass... and so on. It is refreshing to hear US citizens which actually are free thinking and independent in their views. Like they say "Home is where you make it" . By the way Grant, are you telling me that "CANADA of North America" is less free than USA. CANADA is also a very young country. People make a country great and I must say lately that I am more than a little annoyed at how we too are starting to make a lot of fuss at being Canadian. The Vancouver Winter Olympics were embarassing as a Canadian, we don't need to be beating our chests telling the world how great we are, the world will have it's own opinion. I also spend about 50% of my time travelling the EU and meet a lot of people and I must tell you there is much greatness to all these countries, historically and present. Any country that treats it's people justly and provides a safe, secure and accountable enviroment (Rights and freedoms) is in my mind a great country in various degrees. Sorry to burst the bubble, USA just one of them in a varying degree. Personally I worked extensively in the USA and met really good people and a few that really should get off the band wagon. People come in all shapes, colours, sizes, attitudes, origins... but to go around telling people you are the best in the world is definetly going to cause a stir from your cousins in the rest of the world. Especially the ones who stuck it out in their homeland trying to make it better when the going got tough instead of starting a new life elsewhere.


Simple man 6 years ago

I would like to respond to Adsensetrategies. I appreciate the way you are undiased and have very good views of america. You show a lot of knowledge. I even learned some from what you have posted and would like to thank you.

The only view you have that i do not agree with however is your view as 'Americas benefiting from slavery a horrible thing.'

Do not think of me as racist. I have many Friends who are black. Some even my best friends. Having said that i would like to state that the majority of slaves came from africa. Americans bought them, however, who do you think sold them? Many of them were prisoners of war between different tribes and were slaves before we got them. Not only that but many people believe all slaves were beaten and treated harshly. Not true, this is only due to accounts of extreme racists in the early south. Many slaves were treated far better than many of the factory workers in england and america at that time. WHy? because it was an investment. A prime male slave was $1500. That was a lot back then. Most slave holders did not beat them or starve them because they needed them in great physical shape. Many even allowed their slaves to create their own community on the land.

So do not bash america for slavery. America did not create it and many of the views that slaves in america were treated horribly is for the most part untrue. I will though admit that there were some cases in which this view was true.

You can't really say that slavery was totally evil or good in america.

Thank you and i just wanted you to know a few facts about this.


Simple Man 6 years ago

Another thing. If they did not come over in slavery in early America where would their later generations be now?

Slavery was not a good thing, but from it later generations now have a chance to live in a free country and are given many oppurtunities they may not have experienced in Africa are were not vulnerable to many of the ethnic wars and unrest that have taken place in Africas.


Simple man 6 years ago

AmericanTom333.

You are sooo right. Thank you!!!


Tom 6 years ago

America is not a country, it is a continent. I learnt that in Grade 5.


Roy Stevenson 6 years ago

Lol the states is not the greatest country to live in...


Mike 6 years ago

If America wants to be the greatest country in the world maybe they should try being modest


Rocky 1234 6 years ago

Its the Greatest Country in the world in terms of development Military power and most importantly the basic standard of living of its citizens who live much better than some of the richest people in the other countries of the world


Tom 6 years ago

Yes I'm going to


Tom 6 years ago

No, America is not the greatest country in the world. It is probably one of the worst disguised as the best. It is essentially a miserable Romanesque afterthought. The virtues have become ruthlessness, deception, greed, power, the women are the worst kind of women in the world, "liberated" which means intolerable, materialistic bitches who act like men. The political system is close to nature, wherein it is a kill or be killed mentality, but kindness, compassion are all evaporating rapidly, as one social class ruthlessly exploits the class beneath it. Not much difference from the Roman Empire, really, we might get some good technology out of it, or maybe cure some diseases, but so far America has not justified its bloody history with any gifts to humanity. And if it does not justify soon, it will be obliterated by nature. You ever see those huge brick condo structures? Those ones in the cities filled with greedy yuppie mindless robots? Those were built to withstand a war. And a war is the only thing that can revive this unsustainable country. Shitty food, shitty health, shitty debts, it's all a big fake bunch of bullshit. Something will come along and blow it all away. It's pathetic really. So, no I disagree. America is definitely one of the worst countries on earth. It's a plastic existence with slavery that you can't see, since the slaves are in other countries. America is great, but america will be judged.


tim 6 years ago

Fantastic, unbiased essay.


Data010101 6 years ago

Anyone who truly believes that the United States is the best Country in the world should continue to live there.

The rest of the civilized nations would prefer it that way.

I think the main thought on the USA can be summed up in these 2 words>...George Bush


Jurgis 6 years ago

United States #4 after Portugal and Korea. In my opinion, while United States not so good at cooking (ok except for the ethnic people), they are still more better than the British at this. Because, once you travel there all they have is a meat pies and fish and chips- so dull! But in the United States they have the hamburger and the catfish, etc.

Another thing- we forget where the cell phone comes from. We may get excited and say Finland- or Norway- or from a mill. But no, the United States is where we got our cell phone. And what else? OK let us not forget the car, the dishwasher, and the thing you press the bell and the hotel receptionist will come. OK so before we rush to conclusions remember the US of A.


SC 6 years ago

I definitely don't think the US is the best, because its people are far too patriotic. However, Tom here thinks its the worst. Its not the worst, but I think Americans should open there eyes and realize there are other great countries like Sweden, Canada, Russia, and Norway to name a few. But, what I really hate is AmericanTom333's comment. Russia was threatened by Japan so it couldn't move all its forces to the West. And America didn't Defeat Germany by itself. Russia gets so much credit for winning WW2 because it did!!! I reached Berlin far before the Americans and faced almost 80% of Nazi forces along the way. I agree with Data 010101's comment when he says, "I think the main thought on the USA can be summed up in these 2 words>...George Bush" because like George Bush, America just loves to invade foreign nations. It invades countries more than it celebrates it's birthday! Yes, America has one of the greatest militaries in the world, but it only uses it to get more oil and kill innocent civilians. WW2 was the last good war America fought in. Those who say America won both World Wars, in my opinion, are wrong because the US was always reluctant to join. Only after someone attacked them did they take action. So, basically all I'm trying to say is that the United States isn't as good of a country as you Americans say it is.


us is the best 6 years ago

I will have you animals now america is the most free and one of the most iconic contries in the world. the truth of the matter is that the mexican government would like american imagration policies to be change but did you now the almost every woman who tries to come into mexico from south america is raped and almost all the men are killed! so for any little unamerican waste of space who actually lives in america i must say that you can provide nothing for this shining becon of democracy!


Dileep 6 years ago

I am an indian, But I like america, I think america is the best country of the world.

I heard many indians saying america is the worst country, I don't know what s wrong with them.

As I think every indian is not capable of adapting to US culture, The person who can only say this words.

India is worst place for the talented people like me. There is no value for the talents in india. It is very difficult to achieve something in india if we work hard as well.

In india the people will do racism depending on the castes, religions, rich, poor etc.

In America all are equal.

I am not been to US upto this time, I planning of settling in US. I am on my final year of bachelors of engineering.


Pradeep Henry 6 years ago

America is certainly the greatest in one area (among many): Delivering education to the World. I'm an Indian and I've shared a Case in my short post here: http://pradeephenry.blogspot.com/2010/07/its-that-...


Alastor 6 years ago

Nope, certainly not the best.

Who the hell won the Second World War ( practically ) ? USSR ! Mainly Russia I can say. ( I agree with SC )

"In America all are equal." And that is the fact that gets in a way of rule of nature - strongest survives. Out of things you will always choose better ones, same with people. In my opinion weak ones should be crushed by strongest, people with ambitions, to be different and superior to "stupid majority". That is how I am a top student. Through being totally different. I don't care what other think, how much they hate me and what "non-logical" rules say. America doesn't allow me to do that: it wouldn't allow me to reach full potential, while I care about my attributes a lot more then about other people, who are so weak in the means of ambitions/goals. I can only laugh at them ... and americans ( most of them ).

That's why most americas wouldn't be able to handle education of my country and most others. Being equal ? I can't do that due to 2 awesome deadly sins - pride and greed. They boost your ambitions. Americans don't have them.

Level of education in America ... not much to say. There are plenty of awesome countries that will give far more knowledge.

"the women are the worst kind of women in the world" ( Tom - nice point )

the women are the worst kind of women in the world + few others ( my own )

Both valid points.

AmericanTom333 ( You proved my point - most americans are really idiots )

IT IS RUSSIA THAT HAVE SAVED YOUR ASSES DURING WW2 !!! Wth ? Everyone must know that USSR did practically full job of taking all attacks from Nazi forces and then defeating them ( with little ( very little ) help of America.

Computers ? Don't you realise that Japan ALWAYS had, has and will have best HI-TECH in the world.

Cars ? Japanese, Korean, German , French .............. what about them ?

"Also, to say that the use of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were a bad thing..."

IDIOT. THEY WERE GOING TO SURRENDER ... AND AMERICA THREATENED THEM IN SUCH CRUEL/ILLOGICAL WAY ...

@steven nicol - i agree with everything you have said

@steve - damn lucky one - I would love to visit Japan

Some ignorants write that without US our Earth will be in Middle Age ... Interesting ... But maybe the opposite.

Those are my opinions about America as country. But when it comes to "quility" of people there ... I disagree even more, far more. It is like a NOT logic gate - total opposite. Remember people are not equal.

And what is the point living at easy ? ( Something most americans do. ) Sufferings/problems make you a lot stronger/clever. That is what makes people worth living.

I am 17 btw and English is not my native language ( in the case of mistake/s )


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

What makes a country great?

Its history, its culture and its respect for human decency is what makes a country great. America comes short in all those area.

History: one of the bloodiest in the world if we consider its 230 years of existence. Starting from the almost total extinction of Indian Americans and exploitation of the black people to having concentration camps for the Japanese, all the way to the crimes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, to present day Iraq and Afghanistan, should be enough to convince almost anyone of its blood thirsty nature.

Culture: what culture? America imported (and still does) the brains and the talent of the world, especially Europe

Human decency: a joke. The survival of the fittest in the best of cases – greed and profits above all and at any cost.

Is America the best country in the world? Not by far. Its only supremacy is ignorance and arrogance, the rest is nothing more than a charade

It breaks my heart that I am writing this comment on the 4th of July, but the truth does not observe Independence Day


Pradeep Henry 6 years ago

Whether it is an individual or a country, I think the yardstick to evaluate GREATNESS should be "What is the Individual's or Country's contribution to OTHER individuals/organizations/countries?"

What makes me unsure about Culture as a yardstick is ... Some countries in Asia, for example, boast 1000s of years of deep CULTURE. But, what is their positive contribution to the world? In spite of the claimed culture, these countries are internally deep in corruption (poor attitudes and behaviors/practices) ... also, they are TAKERS, not GIVERS.


Alastor 6 years ago

Doesn't matter - culture is something that makes country PROUD/SMART/DIFFERENT. Why the hell they are SUPPOSED TO GIVE SOMETHING TO OTHERS ??? If you are taker you make yorself better - why would you think about others ? It doesn't make sense and is against logic.

Japan, China, Korea and other parts of Asia - awesome countries. Poor attitudes ? Poor behaviors ? LMAO: Are you talking about America ? Well, it fits it well enough.


America is the best 6 years ago

The United State is the greatest country of the world.First of all its the richest from all countries,second it has the biggest economy in the world,and third the U.S.A gives apportunity for everyone,you can have any car you want or even a jet, anything if you work hard,also there is freedom,freedom of religion,press,speech,assembly.Many people around the world wichest they can live here and go to school for free,have job and have a high quality of life.So God Bless This Great Nation(UNITED STATES OF AMERICA).


Dave 6 years ago

"We helped rebuild countries after World War II." True. But America also gave us a massive debt after the war, which took DECADES to repay, it was only paid off in 2006. Which was great! And all America is anyway, is a continent discovered by Columbus, and has places named after parts of England and France. New England, New Hampshire, New Orleans etc. America even copied their Bill of Rights from The English Bill of Rights of 1689, the crazy, "Right To Bear Arms," law, comes from Henry II, and other things copied from England. America calls North Korea for having nukes, yet there the only country to have used them, and spends more money on the military, than ALL THE OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD COMBINED, has attacked more countries than any other country, commits Khmer Rouge-type torture, has helped every mass-murderer, from Nazis to Osama Bin Laden, commited the worse ethnic cleansing ever, so no, their`s nothing really good about America. Unlike what that right-wing loony on FOX News says.


It is. 6 years ago

I am American and proud of my country. I believe if you aren't proud of your country, CHANGE it. That's why America is different.

Secondly - Alastor, you may be a fine person, but you're points are bull****. Japan was going to surrender? You get to be the first to walk on that beach and see. to quote you, You are an "idiot". next, Russia was not the reason the Allies won WWII, It was America. The American factories (the war machine it is more commonly called) won the war. not Russia, who was vying to satisfy it's own greed for power. America WAS NOT AT ALL GREEDY. Did we take control of countries we saved? Annex them? no. We supported them even after the war. And we get spit on by those same countries. We give so much in foreign aid and the people still hate us? That's as you said, a "poor attitude" on the part of those countries, not Americans.

Americantom333, you are right, I agree with your posts. Great article btw Adsense.

Sorry for this run on style argument!

Dave! you are so off base. I don't even know where to start, you gave me a good laugh. If that was a serious argument you have a problem, and i suggest you explan yourself. because last time i checked, Americans were liberating jews and not gassing them. And your debt argument with WWII. That is so childish it's hilarious. it's like a kid getting back TV and complaining because he can only watch an hour a day. Lucky you have a TV at all to enjoy. That attitude makes me so frustrated. i feel America gives and gives, and gets hated on. So many instances, if anyone disagrees I can go more in depth. I love my country so much. I would give my life for it in a heartbeat, and it saddens me that some of my fellow countrymen are so critical and awful to America. Leave if you hate America. Soldiers give their lives for you in Iraq and Afghanistan, so you don't have to. God bless America, and its people.


Alastor 6 years ago

Nice. Some people are so interesting creatures ...

Even though I am a human. But people are different. Some better, some worse. That's why I divide people in two categories: those that are worth to live and those that don't. But there is so much human trash in this world. I hope someday the true form of logic will crash those annoying roots of morals.

@Poster above:

Success. Those kinds of replays I like so much. And I am grateful you are American. Otherwise it would make no sense to replay.

Interesting... What was the main army that fought Nazi ? Red Army is the correct answer. How many lives did they spent ? Millions. For what sake ? USSR and not anything else, but it is obvious. They were real patriots, not those cowards who just obey "system" and rules.

Japan was going to surrender? Indeed. But, no, you were waiting to test some "cool" thing on two awesome cities of awesome country. That was an easy method of cleaning the territory of soldiers ... and citizens. Correct ? Yes. Had a hard time using machine guns or what ? America "tested" those hydrogen bombs and has done horrible thing to the innocent people, their future children and territory itself. That is permanent damage. Radiation ...

"Did we take control of countries we saved?" Um, WHO did ??? Again your point is nonsense. Ask any Russian person or someone from countries of past USSR. ( veterans especially - your words will hurt them so much ) Do you think they lie ? No, the "system" of your country lies.

"We give so much in foreign aid and the people still hate us?"

Wrath is awesome sin. It just doesn't allow you to achive being "best", N1, etc. Otherwise the world would end.

Still, I don't get why are you proud ? I am not American, but don't like anything about my country now. I will never defend it couse it doesn't make sense. I will defend certain people, because there is a reason for that. But the whole country - it is not just worth it. As I have stated there is so much "trash" nowadays. Caring about such things would ruin my own goal.

Yet Americans are proud to protect their system. Is it because of patriotic feelings ? I think not. It is just because of laws which control everything. And there are so many laws America has that are completely out of logic. It doesn't change.

But you are weak in educational means indeed, so it makes sense. All subjects that are related to logic, not memorizing like rules, are weakest you have there. That's is just one of the reasons I can outperform them by far when it comes to subjects where you need to "think" and not learn. And that is easy. Maybe my English is not the best, but it's not native.

And women there ... damn, I can't even comment, because I start to laugh. Are most of the men blind or what ? Again no clue about how they think, or do they think at all.

The most important things in any person in my opinion are: knowledge, logic, physical attributes, appearance, abilities, skills, talents, deadly sins, ambitions and goals. I can easily see who is better. People are different, so their countries also.


Dave 6 years ago

It is, I`ll tell you one thing. If situations had been reversed, and you`d been asking for aid, would WE have asked for it to be paid for? Of course we wouldn`t. America was the most rich country in the world, and we were broke, our cities were in ruins and we`d lost our Empire. And yet America said we had to pay for it. And it cost 820, BILLION POUNDS. Yes, 820, billion. Weren`t/aren`t we supposed to be friends? Friends don`t do things like that. Will Haiti have to pay back some money? And what has liberating Jews, got to do with us paying billions of pounds?


mike 6 years ago

I am not a fan of America, but Alastor Japan would not surrender they wouldn’t surrender after the first bomb went off. The Japanese went a bit insane in WW2.


sheldon 6 years ago

its only nature law, the best n smartest will survive

USA is very lucky have everything to become superpower

democracy, natural resourcess, climate, land, multiculture, right man in the right time in the right place in the right year n so on...

probality for that 1:100000000000000........


Ryan 6 years ago

Alastar you son of a bitch.

Russians lost so many men because they could not afford to equip all there soldiers and sacrificed a lot of there young men just rushing machine guns.

Who was the main force who fought Japan?

Russian would of surely been overtaken by Germany if AMERICA hadn't overtaken the west coast and saved your asses.

Russia barely held off the nazis.

You should be speaking german now you piece of shit.

We could of held of nazi solely by ourselfs.

We did not even have our Marines in Europe, we were on two fronts.

I do not know why I argue with a bias idiot.


Pride 6 years ago

In the world that we are living most of the people are idiots.

That means that most of users who comment are idiots.

Majority of americans are idiots.

Makes sense, doesn't it ? Open your eyes ppl.

Sheldon:

True, but it applies only to people and nature. No way you can use such law to compare any country. A coutry can seem to be smart, yet can have very week individuals. Am I speaking about America ? Yes. ( Weak individuals achive week goals. )

Alastor:

True ( well, practically true: P )

Ryan:

You are naïve and stupid kid. Your goals must be so primitive. Alastor was talking about people and not the political system or any similar shitty staff. Your points are nothing more then some spoiled idias of a standard retard who just doesn't know anything about what the real life is.

America whouldn't stand any freaking chance against nazi: in the number of men, their quility, quility of weapons, level of intellegence, etc.

Red Army did everything on its own: saved their own country, saved some asses ( no need to mention whose ) and kicked some asses in the Berlin.

You guys gave very little help to us. Compared to lives our soldiers spent during 2d World War, what you did had no real effect. Please, if you know nothing about history, go to to any country of past USSR, get some history books and push the true info into your shitty head, if it will handle the data of course.

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milton 6 years ago

I fully disagree that America is the best country in the world, it surely is one the greatest, but no the G.

I have been there few times and love to visit maybe even try living there for a while. But I have seen may people struggling over there to get a low pay job, ppl working three jobs to make ends meet, very low minimum wage..so to all people up here, do not evaluate a country's greatness only for its merit, but also how its citzens live. Millions of US citzens citzens go without food daily. Just FYI, Australia has to be one of the best countries in the world to live in. I love the USA.


USSR  6 years ago

no country is the greatest, no country is the worst.

all countries have something good and something bad about them.

I personally think America is nothing but an Imperialistic and greedy nation that wants the world to be americanised, America should leave the world alone and get back to eating macdonalds and becoming fat.


Alastor 6 years ago

@USSR

Last few lines say a lot. LMAO :D


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AdsenseStrategies 6 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com Author

Thank you USSR for your comment. Here is my response.

I don't agree with the implication that all countries have good and bad points about them, so we cannot put them on a scale. For example, it is definitely better to live in America than in Somalia, or the Sudan. In fact, in my opinion, America is definitely a better place to live than almost all of the world's countries, if only because America has infrastructure. By this I mean that Americans rarely die of water-borne diseases because all Americans can get hold of a non-contaminated glass of water somewhere in their vicinity -- this is simply not true for most of the world. Similarly, Americans have the benefit of not having to pay for elementary school or, for that matter, high school. This is also not true for most of the world (as far as I know -- I am not sure how it works in China and India).

On the other hand, there are large numbers of countries that are so similar in terms of "greatness" that I see no practical value in "grading" them against each other. All of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan, for example, are all pretty much alike in terms of places I'd be ok living -- I do not put the US in this category because the US does not have universal health care... though we'll see how the new changes play out on that score.

It is always important to point out (as I have here, above), that if it weren't for the US, the countries I just listed would all be dominated either by a German Nazi government, an Imperial Japanese government, or a Communist dictatorship based on Moscow. For this reason, the sacrifice the US made in the twentieth century for the benefit of the world as a whole can never be under-emphasized. I am not suggesting that America won the Second World War alone - that is simply untrue - but they DID stop, in combination with other countries, the Nazis from establishing a long-term dictatorship throughout Europe, as well as ensuring the Soviet Union didn't engulf the western half of that country.


SC 6 years ago

You guys have reasons to think that America is the greatest country, but many other countries have similar characteristics.I think almost all people who think America is the best, are American themselves.I am not from America, I was born on the other side of the planet! So, because of that I'm not as biased on this topic, and I realize no country is the greatest. Not even the country that spends billions on their military, spends half their time sitting in front of their TV eating fast food, and claiming they're the best.Oh, and even though Russia did do most of the work in WW2, let's not forget the Americans,Canadians,British,Polish,Australians,and all the other countries that helped out. Stop thinking about America, and Start thinking about the rest of our world. No more "Our glorious nation!", Your country didn't run the world by itself. Remember that.


SC 6 years ago

You guys have reasons to think that America is the greatest country, but many other countries have similar characteristics.I think almost all people who think America is the best, are American themselves.I am not from America, I was born on the other side of the planet! So, because of that I'm not as biased on this topic, and I realize no country is the greatest. Not even the country that spends billions on their military, spends half their time sitting in front of their TV eating fast food, and claiming they're the best.Oh, and even though Russia did do most of the work in WW2, let's not forget the Americans,Canadians,British,Polish,Australians,and all the other countries that helped out. Stop thinking about America, and Start thinking about the rest of our world. No more "Our glorious nation!", Your country didn't run the world by itself. Remember that.


SC 6 years ago

Whoops, Posted twice above.

One more thing to add. A lot of people say that America has the greatest military. But that's a problem!!! The American government themselves gave their infrastructure a D!A D!!!!!!!!! Some people say stuff like "In fact, in my opinion, America is definitely a better place to live than almost all of the world's countries, if only because America has infrastructure" It does have infrastructure, but it's horrible (D!!) So, While America spends more money on their military than ANY other country in the world, They fail to spend more on improving their infrastructure. And you Americans are proud of it!! Sometimes, You guys just have to see the good and bad things about your country. Like, Americans spend a hella lot of money on the military, Great your military's real tough now. Why don't you invade some more countries. You spend a lot protecting your country (And destroying others) but not much on taking care of it. Now, considering your own govt gave their infrastructure a D, that in itself should prove it's not the best. If you don't believe me, then look at the other million reasons that your country's bad


Yen XIn 6 years ago

American is not the best country but China YES!! China now is no. 1 the best, the greatest and richest country in the world. Today mostly 99% of products you used in your daily life is made from our country.


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Ms Dee 6 years ago from Texas, USA

I am an American, but I agree, the U.S. is not the greatest country. That has been so for a long time now, I'm thinking. Just take a look at this: http://www.ratical.com/ratville/JFK/ToA/ToA.html


SC 6 years ago

China? How can that be the best (If there was one!)?


Joshy 6 years ago

America is one of the if not best countrys on earth we have problems ya but who doesent? I am an American and GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!


lexylue 6 years ago

im an old geezer now and if the question was, 'was America the greatest country in the world?" I’d say, yes of course, but the question is, is America the greatest country in the world? my answer is no, probably the worst


Ben 6 years ago

Wow, this is quite possibly the most hilarious argument I have ever read. So many people making themselves look ignorant trying to counter the last post. Now I will do the same! =] First, I would like to thank AdsenseStrategies for his very neatly written article and comments with very few or possibly no spelling or grammar errors. I would also like to thank him for the unbiased views he presented. So, thank you. However I have a few things, on a personal note, to say:

- I have a deep hatred for the EU for their actions against Kosovo.

- Tom, I would like to know how you "learnt" that in the 5th grade. Most likely you are from another country, but in the USA the word learnt is rarely used and is usually considered and incorrect spelling of the word learned. So if you are in another country very well, forgiven, if you live in America then you will be viewed as a moron, congrats.

- SC, I read part of your first post and did not read anymore, I DO NOT, capitalizing to show the seriousness of this... lmfao, know if you are and/or currently reside in Russia; however you seem to be a very patriotic and spoon-fed individual. I could be wrong as I refused to read anymore of your comments to gain more personal information from inspection. I will not post the reasons why for that would give you opportunity to deny and argue with my input and I wouldn't want that would I?

-As for answering the original question, no. There is no possible way to determine such a thing, unless you focus on pure individual aspects and ignore many others. One aspect that will never have a true winner is the Good and Bad sides of a country and its people. You cannot say that every good and bad deed was recorded in history, and therefore we can never know who has done the best for the world and the worst for the world.

- In my personal opinion the USA is the best country in the world. You can ask me why, and I will simply reply, "Because it is." I will not give you any other reason. I live here and I can have my own beliefs and one of them is that the USA is the greatest country in the world and I do not have to have a reason to believe that.

Although I would love to spew out endless amounts of knowledge gathered in defense of the USA, I will end my comment shortly.

Thanks again AdsenseStrategies


SC 6 years ago

First of all, Id like to say that im not very patriotic, and I am Russian (and was born there) but I live in America. Just like lexylue said America USED to be the greatest, I can say the same for Russia (Well, not the greatest but a lot better). I guess in my first comment I may seem kind of patriotic. But, thats only because I dont really understand you guys. Most people who think America's the best, List achievments or tell how great their country is or whatever. But, you never talk about other countries (Or your countries failures).

Because Im a foreigner, when I came to America, a lot of people made fun of me. Before America, I lived in Canada where no one made fun of me, and no one I spoke to were patriotic.Most Americans I met only know America and barely know any other countries. I dont hate America, Im just saying that USA isnt as great as all you Americans say it is.

PS. Some people say that if America wasn't there Stalin would have done what Hitler tried to. But, I disagree because (Im pretty sure) Stalin, unlike Hitler didn't want to take over the world, only to make the USSR a better place.


dave 6 years ago

America is the best counry for 1 simple reason, we have white castle. Thank you


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KFlippin 6 years ago from Amazon

I would agree with Ben, this is definitely a quite entertaining, and enlightening, laundry list of commentary in response to Adsense's extremely well written and highly COHERENT article.

And I do think America is the greatest country in the world, just because I do. However, I think if I lived on South Island, New Zealand, I'd likely think it was the greatest place in the world as well! And if I lived on Vancouver Island and could grab a local Wild Cat brewed beer after a long day, along with backyard smoked salmon for supper, I'd likely think it was the greatest place in the world!!

And I find it tiresome to read about America being so literally 'bloodythirsty' bad since its founding, it has become like a party line for some people the past few years particularly. And as for big corporations being bad guys, it is amazing how folks forget that those mega corps these days are internationally owned and controlled.

If you want to trash big corps, trash the world, not just the USA, and in particular America bashers should turn their attention instead to the United Nations, there's your mega corporate controlled ultimate booger bear with uncountable paws and claws throughout the world, well worthy of attack, IMO.

Also, Adsense uses the phrase ". . . is the great Satan," in general reference to new particularly offensive slanders of America and of Americans who stand with their country. Americans are accused by fellow Americans of being Godless or standing with Satan, if they stand a proud patriot of the USA. That notion appears to be growing, and one has to wonder just who started such an insidious and brainwashing thread in the American population ...... can't imagine, just can't imagine.

Hmmm, could it be one or more of our enemies? Perhaps that is a telling sign that indeed America remains in the minds of some of our enemies as the greatest country in the world, why else bother to infiltrate and instigate and propagate faith-based hate within our own citizenry?

Excellent article, rated Up and Awesome, really interesting and enlightening comments, which is always a good thing.......


Ben 6 years ago

SC I like this post a lot more, and i'm sorry for not reading any of your other posts to gain more knowledge about who you are or are pretending to be, as it is the internet and people like to be fake.

Dave... that is just awesome.

KFlippin your profile picture is awesome too.


Ron 6 years ago

Ever since the bankers and the military industrial complex took over a need has been growing for "we the people" to take our government back. Hopefully someday, and the free market can be permitted to create real wealth.

America at one time had a period of extremely high productivity in terms of making wealth through production of high quality products.

This country stopped working hard, it's citizens coddled and rampant corruption.

Sure Wall Street in New York is cool.... but it's Main Street in the middle of any random state that makes America unique. Our states are capable of having distinctly different opinions and policies on various matters.


Ron 6 years ago

Ever since the bankers and the military industrial complex took over a need has been growing for "we the people" to take our government back. Hopefully someday, and the free market can be permitted to create real wealth.

America at one time had a period of extremely high productivity in terms of making wealth through production of high quality products.

This country stopped working hard, it's citizens coddled and rampant corruption.

Sure Wall Street in New York is cool.... but it's Main Street in the middle of any random state that makes America unique. Our states are capable of having distinctly different opinions and policies on various matters.


Bosse 6 years ago

I wonder why you find Scandinavian countrys in the top 5 in most index. Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland are very similar countrys, and they are all ranked very high in most reports. I have never visited US, but I´m pretty sure it´s not the greatest country in the world. I´m from Sweden and I think that Sweden along with our neighbours is the best place to live.

http://www.vexen.co.uk/countries/best.html

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/08/15/interactive-inf...


Bosse 6 years ago

The best thing would be to separate religion from politics. Watching the president speaking about "Gods will" makes me very uncomfortable. The Bibel is NOT proof there is a God, it´s just a book.


patriot mac 6 years ago

AMERICA IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; OUR FREEDOM SAYS ENOUGH; the only problem i see in america's future is the liberal politicians that are trying to strip hard working american citizens of their liberty and freedom; however, like any problem we have had in the past, AMERICA will get through it and in the long run we will be stronger and more united; I LOVE AMERICA


Bosse 6 years ago

Americans are often talking about their freedom as a reason why they should be the greatest country in the world. What exactly do you mean with freedom?

Europe is a continent full of countries whith freedom, free healthcare, and free education. Does America have that?


ORIS 6 years ago

Amaerica has health care and they have what they believe is health care.


gem 6 years ago

I can't believe this article. the only think i have to say is arrogant and overly partiotic for your own good. yes you have freedom of speech - but its the 21st century. generally you'll find that many countries have this too. and what about free healthcare? oh wait. you dont have that. you have fat, overbearingly annoying people who think they are apart of the best place in the world. its an absolute joke. and even more hilarious that you think everyone in the world wants to be american when its completely not true. have fun with your racists, homophobics, rednecks, terrorists, and recession while i pick up on some free healthcare and head off to bondi for a surf :)


mike 6 years ago

gem i am also from australia and i don't think you should be calling america fat when our obesity levels are only 1% lower than americas, also there are plenty of racist homophobes in adelaide and cronulla


SC 6 years ago

Thank You, Ben. I dont want to give a bad impression


tammy 6 years ago

i'm not an American and english is not my first language.

I've been to America two times and each time was wonderful. I know that living in a country is not the same as doing tourism. I went to many others countries, rich, poor all have their own charm; but the best way to enjoy a country is that the majority of the habitant looks happy( i mean having a good life), it's for this reason the country i love the most is us. Evrybody is proud to be an American!!


RobT 6 years ago

I've read threw tons of comments, and agree with a lot of them. I can truly say with honor and dignity that THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is by far the best country in the world. Being the SuperPower of the world comes with great responsibility. The wealthiest country in world proves balance and opportunity. The strongest military/most advanced technological weapons and logistically prone to be anywhere in the world is truly remarkable.. I don't think there is anywhere in the world like The United States.


doogle 6 years ago

i think america leads the world at the moment but to say that it is the greatest country in the world is blind. there so many other factors that are responsible. i think it comes down to what a country has achived. america is only a recent power and is suspected not to be the only soul power in less then 20 years. so its oppion at the end of the day. mine is that it is china or the uk because of the quantity the have live or the amount they have achived


bertie 6 years ago

america is the land of the free it is told. but the Eu is the agreement betwween 27 countries that the population of each one can live work and be wothout the chance of getting deported. i think that is the land of the free


gav 6 years ago

Firstly i would just like to point out that communism is not bad, the idealogy is one which every human should want to live in, however due to human nature it is easily corrupted eg. Stalin.

Is the USA the best democracy? not by a long way, countires like switzerland which have a system of direct democracy are far more democratic.

Does the USA have the best health system? no, Australia, Canada and the UK have a much greater support netwrok.

Does the USA have the best education system? once again it ranks consistanlty low compared to other OECD (Organisation for Economoic Co operation and Development) countries.

Is the USA safe place to live? not really with crime rates comparable to some developing countries and with extremly relaxed gun laws.

does the US provide a good environment suceed (wealth) in? with lack of a good support network for the unemployed, low minimum income, a lacking education system the USA is far behind other wealthy countries like Australia, Canada, Ireland, Norway, Finalnd, Denamrk, New Zealand etc..


cooooonnnnoooooorrrrrrrrr 6 years ago

america is the best! and radicals who target us should burn in hell


SC 6 years ago

Connor, you're a radical for saying other people should burn in hell.


MarkG 6 years ago

I find it very strange when eg. people on US TV networks claim that the US is the greatest country and we have "freedom" blah.

In reality, the US is the leading military power - spending far more than any other nation on weaponry - but at enormous cost to US citizens/taxpayers.

Meanwhile, the nation has never had a trade surplus since 1968, has been accumulating debt for decades and is financially unsustainable. Forget the "downturn" - the real debt is a severe problem when other nations are literally supporting the US (while the FED simply prints not existent money and commits to still more debt.)

It is obvious US people get very little in return for taxation paid (it's hard to do that when 70% goes to the Pentagon).

The US is the only western country that does not have a universal health care system. Life expectancy is circa 38th on world ranking, - behind a number of developing nations.

"Freedom" is a myth, (typically used to arose a sense of patriotism), when there are many more "free" countries in the western world and many developing nations. Even when US people are not resident in the US, they are still obliged to file tax returns back home. Only three countries in the world operate like that - the US, UAE and Libya.

The general standard of education in the US is fairly bad and, ironically, the cost of higher education leaves students in debt for that "priviledge". The concept of educating a population where they can contribute overall to the nation seems to have escaped policy makers. It can be stunning to witness how little some US people are aware of the world.

Basically corporations run the US - they pay off the government to get what they want. Robert Schiller (S&P 500) prob best expressed the US scenario clearly by titling his book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy".

I suspect the US will be left behind, not necessarily on the world stage (it's cheap to talk), but in economic terms. The underlying fundamental problem remains to be the baggage of "old debt" and a never ending desire to acquire new debt. In reality, most other western countries and the vast majority of developing nations have a better economic outlook - simply because they do not have that unsustainable level of debt.

Finally, there is no "best country" - all countries have something to offer - the good, the bad and the ugly - and the US is much the same in the respect.


SC 6 years ago

Tru dat


eric 5 years ago

America is no longer the best country. I am american and have traveled in more than a dozen countries. America does have its benefits for me speaking english, and usually a nice place to live with the ability of me just getting in my car and driving somewhere.

But unfortunately the Democrat party and the election of Obama clearly tells the turning down side of America. I have through travels seen that socialism is oppressive, and having personally seen the destruction of Russia in the hands of socialism and communism, free enterprise and capitalism is far better.

The election of the Democrats represent the greed, racism, and hatred that is going on in this country. Democrats pass hate crime legislation to silence its opponents. Freedom of speech is eroding in America as much like the western countries that the left countrols now. The debt is a serious crisis placed on our children. Violence on TV shows are continuous and non stop. Babies are slaughtered at a rate of 1 in 4 thanks to the Democrats handing a millions of dollars to abortion factories. The morality is very much declining.

The taxes are going up, and forget about health care, the government will only make it worse, it always does when it intervenes.

When a population elects someone based on celebrity status, than I am afraid we are no better than the Germans who supported Hitler. Hitler was very popular in his time during his rise aided with the likes of bullys and thugs, much like the left special interest groups and union thugs.. all in the name of peace, love, and progressiveness.

I am now scouting other places to live, as I don't see much of a future left in the United States. The economy is likely to collapse and there likely won't be peace with Islamics attacking the country, and leftists destroying the country from within.


Ashley 5 years ago

I have always wanted to visit England just to see what it's like... Lately I've just become fed up with America, all it's problems, it's government... I'm always arguing with a classmate about how America isn't the best nation in the world... Quite honestly, I don't think theres any such thing as "greatest" nation. All Countires have pros and cons... But America seems worse that it was when I was younger and they brainwashed us with the Pldge of Alligence. I have every intention of moving to England after I graduate college... But I can never say I hate America. I just disagree with the government on a lot of things.


Europian 5 years ago

i dont think sow


Europian 5 years ago

i dont think sow.certanly no!.2 say for a country that is the best then u aare going on something else.About democratic country u cant say that usa is the greatest becaouse no1 says that exept americas.A democratik country never shows on tv or live the hang of a person i mean sadam musein .Every1 knows that america can never do anythng on here one basically every single country need a help or how to say a support from other.I can not see where the idea of america like the greatest country

is based on.Imust adnit takeing europas brain is something normal.Today we live in an age where america is doing her own story be kolonizing muslian places euraps have done this years ago.About the living u cant put america in the same place with finland danmark ect.Greatest country on militari i can say yes until now.Time long will pass when europe will creat the real country or the united one.Sow america is the greatest country becaouse gievs ppls aportuniti to become rich thats true while europe my country is one that ppls leave richly.America greatest country?i wouldn't say that .Europe has done 2 world wars and here we r again one of the most strong economics in the world.The marshall plane helped us thats true but just after it the EU started her own economical regeneration.Iwould say that europe was is and i think wil be the greatest union ever.


hubbabubba 5 years ago

nope it aint. it think the best country is hard to define. Sweden has tops in many things but i doubt its the best country in the world. Every countryman will say its his or her country but the matter of fact is they are just saying that. well i guess you're entitled to your own opinion but if i had to choose it would be india, cause they have like the coolest history in the world


Owen 5 years ago

*sigh*

Why has Britain not been bandied about as the best nation of all time? If you cast your minds back to the Renaissance and follow the thread from then until World War II, you will see that the nation outperformed America until the Blitz eroded it's foundations.

We took the concept of the metaphor and through the Jacobean era stretched it taut and brought forth a new possiblity for language. As far as the sciences go, try not to forget that Britain can boast miniscule map areas that originated and purveyed such movements as the indusrial revolution (see Lancashire/Greater Manchester) and varied transport (see Liverpool 1800's).

Not only this, but we were never bastardised the meaning of democracy in the same way as America did for once our slaves were freed, it was to the mercy of the populace when they would see true freedom and race riots such as in Toxteth were mainly due to the country's undeserved economic struggles.

Britain also has the distinction over America in that most of it's historical figures were home grown and not imported, save for the likes of Disraeli, Will Self. Moreover, Britain's contributions to the world in terms of impact per capita puts America to abject shame.

I don't believe in international league tables, but if such things must be employed then only Britain can fairly be considered as a candidate. Well, Southern France is a nice place to live..


Luke 5 years ago

No...America is certainly not the only country to have freedom, but most importantly freedom is very much relative and subjective: Depending on your trade, business or your desires and aspirations, one country might be freer than another...let's say that you're a business man the U.S for example, you have all the opportunities to thrive and become wealthy almost unfettered, but if you like to roam around in your camper and be free to go here and there at will, you will run into a lot of restrictions, and won't even be able to set up camp where ever you want, not even on the side of the road, and forget about beaches after sunset. In that regard as far as the latter of you is concerned, you will probably say that you do not live in the free country. On the other hand the business man will shout out loud how free and wonderful America is, and would probably do so from his house overlooking the ocean where he can walk on his private beach any time of day he wants to, even after sunset.


Willson 5 years ago

America is undoubtly the greatest country in the world.Im not American and I still have to say that America is the best. I have been to every country in Europe, been to Australia, been to few of the big cities in Asia and Africa but none of them even come close to being half as good as America. Im European and I feel that America is and will always be the greatest country in the world. American people are also humble, down to earth and very generous. Look at the American billionaires, they make huge donations. There are many billionaires in Asia and Europe but they suck arse. Love America God Bless America


Borat 5 years ago

Kazakastan is the greatest country in the world, all other countries are a little girl. Kazakstan the greatest exporter of potassium, all other central Asian countries have inferior potassium.


Steve 5 years ago

I'm American, and it really pisses me off when people say that it's the best country in the world, when they don't know shit about other countries. If you can come up with a good argument and state some valid points about it, then that's fine. But it's just pathetic when they just say some crap like "because we have freedom of speech, etc", but let's be honest...WHAT COUNTRY DOESN'T!?!? Besides some in Africa or parts of Asia, I mean.

Notice how it's NEVER compared(by Americans) with a decent country, always with North Korea, or a country in Africa. It's never compared with, for example, Sweden, France, Canada, or Japan. Because those countries would easily win. And by win I DO NOT MEAN A WAR!! Stop talking about WW2, and the military, they have nothing to do with how good a country is to live in! I think the US is definitely not the best, but also far from the worst. It's medium.


Joe Gaber 5 years ago

I'm an American living in Thailand. I've traveled throughout Latin American and have befriended and worked extensively with Indians, Germans, Brits, Chinese, Thai, and many from the Middle East and Africa. I spend much personal time studying history and government. Although I will be accused of being biased, I can honestly say that when I'm in America, I'm one of its biggest critics. While living outside of American in another country and looking at American from a different perspective, I will definitely say America is the greatest country ever. Here's why. First, America is the first and only country that was originally founded on and consistently strives (without interruption) for the fundamental benefit of the masses and individual rights versus the benefit of the elite. America began as a Republic and even countries like Australia are moving closer and closer each year to eventually becoming the same and away from the concepts of royalty and privilege.

I also laugh at the comparisons of America to countries like Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Switzerland. First, these are extremely small countries that have been mostly homogeneous in their demographics with monarchies to control their politics, economy, and social issues. You need to compare these countries to a state like Oregon, not America as a whole.

Free speech, while in many constitutions, I assure you that if the country is a constitutional monarchy like Thailand, Spain, Japan, or Denmark, the press or population does not outright criticize its monarchy like Americans criticize and openly debates its President. It is just not socially acceptable even if it is constitutionally allowed; therefore, certain things never get challenged or questioned.

The last poster said that you can't talk about WWII, yet the entire modern world today was defined by WWII. All the problems the west has with the Middle East, the rise of communism, the constant wars between religious, ethnic, or political groups were all redefined and put into play as a result of Japan and Germany's fascist and imperial leader’s lust for world domination along with the extreme disparity of rights and wealth in countries like Russia and China. Only America has had the strength and determination to prevent the world from falling into complete anarchy and or submission by ruthless dictators and suppressive forms of government. America has had to intervene in many small countries around the world just to keep communism from destroying democracy. If anyone can demonstrate that life in the Soviet Union was better than life in America or West Germany during the 50s-90s, then I will shut up, but I don't think that's possible. So, while American is hated by many for this, you have to ask the question, what it would be life if American hadn't intervened. I had this conversation with a Swiss-German whose family fled Germany after WWI. He grew up in Chile where the US CIA intervened in Chilean politics by supporting a ruthless dictator. Consequently he is highly critical of the US; however, what he didn’t understand is that supporting this dictator was the only option to prevent communism from taking over Chile and all the other countries of Latin America. Had that happened, it would have been a domino effect that would have crippled that part of the world for decades. And, the fact that Chile didn’t become communist allowed him, and his family, to flourish in the now thriving economy and political environment that exist in Chile today. He should be extremely thankful for the US’ intervention. But he is also the same person who said he hated Jewish people solely because his school made him one time a year go to a Jewish senior center and listen to the atrocities of the Germans during WWII.

The proof that open democracies, free-elections, and open markets are still the best is the evolution that even communist China is going through. I live just an 8 hr drive from China and can see its influences everywhere. China is no longer a Marxist-Soviet style communist state. It has transitioned to a modern capitalistic system that just happens to have a single political party. This too will change in the future. The population of China will demand increased freedoms and it will be impossible for China to continue to suppress its people militarily when it now depends on the rest of the world for its continued success.

There is always condemnation of the US about the wars it has been in, yet if you research this you will see that since the US became an independent country it has been in about 15 wars (The biggest and worse as a result of European started wars). In comparison, England has been in about 75 and Germany more than 30. With the exception of the US' civil war WWI and II, all the others were vastly smaller and very debatable (pro and con) about their legitimacy. I can even argue a good justification for the current Iraq and Afghanistan wars despite thoroughly hating Bush and his criminal cronies.

When you look at the atrocities of Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Hirohito, the South African apartied government, and virtually all of the kings of England and France, the wrong doing of American Presidents and respective government’s pales in comparison, just do the math on body counts.

A lot has been mentioned about American corporations and their wrong doings, yet if you also take a look at most of the things that people use in their daily lives today, were either invented in America or made practical for common use. It is the American environment, culture, society, economic and political system that is so conducive for invention and creativity. Compare this to the restrictive governments of Asia and their inherent cultures and you will see that almost nothing of importance or commonly used today has been invented in any Asian country in over 1,000 years.

Finally, no other country in the history of the world has been as generous in its giving as the US. No other country in the world has had so many ultra rich people give to charities and no other country has had so many average, common people make charitable donations then Americans.

Conclusion, on balance and looking at a countries history as well as its current politics and social behaviors, America wins hands down with not even a close second.


Hamza Aouinat 5 years ago

Jesus Yes America It's The Greatest !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Steve 5 years ago

@Joe Gaber Comparing those countries you said to Oregon would be ridiculous, as it's just a subdivision of the US. You would have to compare Oregon to a canton of Switzerland, or a municipality of Denmark, etc. If size had anything to do with how good a country is, Russia would be far better than any other country in the world. I don't know too much about Thailand, but I'm sure the US is a lot better, so of course from there, it must seem really awesome. But no one can really have a legit opinion on the "best country in the world" without living in every single country.


Mac 5 years ago

The US is the only 1st world power with a population of over 310 Million people, surrounded by India with 1.8 Billion and Indonesia with 238 Million. The closest 1st world population that can even come close to sustaining their citizens at a level that the US does is Japan with 141 Million. I find arguments lamenting over US domestic policy from countries that have no clue what it would take to sustain such a massive system interesting and a bit naive. Why would any systems (social welfare, health care-you name it) that works in a population the size of possibly 80million people (the east coast or CA and TX) work in the United States? It wouldn't. It is true that our system doesn't sustain everyone, but how can they? Compared to the nations that surround the US, when looking at total population, the US is the only nation that comes close to sustaining so many lives. I may be biased, but I don't see how that alone doesn't make it the greatest nation. Forget the fact that no matter how crappy someone thinks the government may be now, the US is a working democracy, so without fail the US people will decide who will run the country every 4yrs. I am excited to see this constantly evolving nation-regardless of what other nations think.


jd lang 5 years ago

well, having lived in america, I think it probably is the best right now, maybe not in another few decades.


Pigbitin Mad 5 years ago

Those who unabashedly say it is the greatest country in the world probably also like the Tea Party. These people tend to be ignorant, illiterate and don't have a passport. If you have been outside the country (and I don't mean Spring Break in Cancun). You realize what an awful place it is to live and it is getting worse all the time.


mike 5 years ago

Willson is such a liar, he is an american who has never stepped foot off american soil.


khaled  5 years ago

yeah true that ...


mike 5 years ago

im a little biast also because i live in america but i laugh so hard when people say they dont hate us they hate our government because our government is just as good as any other government because all countries have corrupt politicians america has more because america has a big ass government including state governments, but america as a country with the largest democratic republic governmentand a huge population (hugeeee diversity) is holding up fine and countries with small governments don't know that because they have... small populations and small government.


Sam Gartside 5 years ago

Fixed elections, obsession with oil that apparently stops at nothing, chronic obesity, Iraq, constant delusion that they are the world's police force, constant delusion that the rest of the world loves them.....yer America is definitely the best country in the world (-_-)'


Sam Gartside 5 years ago

Fixed elections, obsession with oil that apparently stops at nothing, chronic obesity, Iraq, constant delusion that they are the world's police force, constant delusion that the rest of the world loves them.....yer America is definitely the best country in the world (-_-)'


Proud American 5 years ago

^ Obviously either canadian or british, your just mad cause we run the entire world. What we say, flies motherfucker. face it.


george 5 years ago

A country that helped remove a democratically elected government (Patrice lumumba) because their policies did not sit well with the lucrative diamond and oil trade dominated by us corporations. The US then continues to poor millions in aid to this country whilst knowing that its president (dictator Mobutu Sese Seko) built a palace in belgium and frequently hired concords from Paris for his personnel use. whilst the congolese people remain among the poorest in the world, facing political persecution, famine, disease and other countless hardships.

How can a country claim to be the world's greatest country when they have and continue to abuse other human beings for its own economic advancements disregarding the democratic values that it un-rightfully preaches about.


pete 5 years ago

dixie chicks comment on bush...... hate mail, death threats, boycott, public out cry all because they used there right to freedom of speach and bagged the current president. what a country


frenchman 5 years ago

USA the greatest country in the world??? Oh my God!! definitely no!

A governement who is able to let destroy his twin towers to go steal gas in Afganistan, kill more than 1 million people in Irak for petrol (in majority women and children)

And now a new president Obama who said save the planet earth (you believe him!). It's easy for the governement to manipulate american people because they are so ignorant. Wake up!

Your governement abuse of your naivety!! and want that you think that you are free. But this false freedom is a manipulation.

I see now that USA is hated in the world. And things won't change if american people don't realize the crimes of their governement!

Then there are not democracy in USA, first because there are only 2 parties, and then it's the power of money to finance the politicians they wants.

And then USA don't have social security like in France and other countries of europe, so someone can die if they don't have the money to pay hospital...

Then USA have a very poor culture, and it's a country very artificial, but USA is become USA because some europeans bankers had decided 2 centuries ago to choose this country to create their financial system.

The only reason why USA is great, it's because of money of great bankers who steal energy ressources of the poor countries.....

The governement of this country is dangerous for our planet, and the naivety of the american people is worrying.

How USA can be the greatest country?? only ignorant people can believe that! and american people are not educated to understand that.

(sorry if my english is not good)


USAis number1 5 years ago

I have noticed that some of the people that are not from America, and commented on this topic, seem to be mad as hell at us and the way we do things here. How about this- TOO BAD, SO SAD! Listen, you guys can say whatever you want about America, but we will be the first country that your country calls when their a mess! Everyone is always beggin' for our help. Then bitchin' about us later!


Aaron 5 years ago

I would have to say America is the best country in the world. (of course i am American) I feel what makes as great is the people who come here from great countries. We were born from many countries and that makes us great.


Mike 5 years ago

There is no so thing as the "greatest country". We all have our faults. we all have our strengths. Some have oil. Some have guns and ships. Some have diamonds and gold. Some have snow and ice. What makes a country great is not the FTSE or the DOW Jones. The USS enterprise or the MIG 25. Nor is it the tallest building or the best climate. The leader of the time, or of the past. The food, or language. the culture or the efficiency. I read such comparisons, and such boasts, that true or tainted with exageration, even quantative claims of charity per capita, and acts of war that saved countries from speaking another language. Let us not forget what is great, but what is true! We are all the same! USA today? Rome yesterday? China tomorrow? Who is minded enough to sanction such promise and achievements from all the worlds countries, in the name of vanity. We must strive to be a united planet of earth, where we are all the same, and if one falls behind, we reach out our hand to all who may need that hand. that hand in need could so easily be you.


Marc 5 years ago

Wrong it has to be the one and only GREAT Britain the clue is in the name :D


Michael Ballach 5 years ago

As you can see from many posts here, Americans are not always pleased with there own government and often speak out. I am no different, I feel that the last Administration committed some terrible crimes with their foreign policies and domestic policies. There is a lot of good that comes out of American policies and a lot of bad. The fact that we can speak out against our government and call our senators and make our voices heard to sway the representatives vote is an amazing system. it is just not well known by the people on how to work this system and create a difference, this is one reason I really really praise this new administration. While I voted for Obama and still support him, I know there are many who do not support him anymore. No matter what side you are on, you can not refute the fact that he is teaching the young Americans about how to make your voices heard. If you sign up for his E-mail newsletter and/or facebook page he gives you a constant flow of what bills they are trying to pass and who your representatives are and how to call them and he even tells you why your call matters. This may not be news to some people, but for probably 75% of younger kids that have never thought about how to sway a vote, I think what this president is monumental and needs to be recognized.So as long as all Americans know how to make their voices heard, I don't think I have seen any better political system setup around the world, I just think it is a shame that we must explain this to 18-28 year olds. When it gets that bad, we need to have a mandatory politics course throughout college. Also Americas economy is number one in the world and has been for a long time for various reasons. First, the Common Law, America is a very large country with many resources and the combination of it's size and those resources with the ease of not crossing any borders, a common language, currency, economic laws and a fairly common thought process in the population allows for a economy where any one person with a great idea can easily grow at a rapid pace and this influences many to try and start their own companies. If you are in let's say Europe, you have many great economies but not the common law that America has and most great companies are created domestically and then branch out to other economies. Next is our immigration and refugee policy of the past century allowing many scientist and intellects from Germany, Israel and other regions of the world which allowed for some of the greatest minds of that time to all be embraced in a concentrated economy and government. There are many more reason for the way our economy is, but we are not here to speak just on the economy.


Dan 5 years ago

Best coutry in the world! Free speech! Rights to protest!

...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_State_shootings

...yeah right, not to mention MANY other atrocities which were commited on "The land of the free and the home of the brave..." and sadly, many of these incidents were screened away from the public and consequently erased from the history by the authorities or substituted by the mindless flamboyant patriotism. People, it is not about the governments, countries, political campaigns, darn statments of justice, liberty, democracy, communism, capitalism, ...ism, ...ism, ...ism and other cheap slogans which are being stuffed into our mouths every day for the rest of our lives. It's about family, friends, relatives, people, human beings for crying out loud! Not the superficial "Country". When someone says "We need to protect our Country, our Borders, our sovereignty.", bleh, that is just sick. So, are we protecting the people? Their lives? Their children? Or *the* country, a superficial trademark? Surely *the country* in the minds of *citizens*, the members of * the general population*, country = society as a whole, while the *executive branch* of the government think otherwise. Sad indeed...


Steve 5 years ago

Very good article. I think the unbiased approach is fantastic. Its always hard hearing articles with titles such as "America, the greatest empire ever" or "The Evil America".

Being an American, I don't mind your conclusion but when you suggest something isn't the best your point is only made solid when you can use evidence that another is better. So my question is what country do you think is greatest and why? Maybe another topic for you.


sudipto 5 years ago

i think america became a good country only when obama came to rule.


Nikolai Zernekov 5 years ago

USA is the cancer to this whole planet.. I could blow that country up. I'm not saying that my country Russia is a better place to live but i think that the best country in the world is Norway or Finland. And if someone says that USA is the best country in the world he can shoot herself..

Russia is not so bad place to live when you get use to it and it's not the worse place in the world


TheUnknownRebel 5 years ago

Mr.Zernekov, I somewhat agree with you, and I would put it in this example, if an entire nation HAD to be totally eradicated, I'd say it would be the United States of America, or North Korea. Also to Tater2tot, the first person to comment,yes you are being extremely bias.


mike 5 years ago

first of all frenchman is a retard (anybody else who thinks 9/11 was an inside job is a retard as well) and to all the americans saying they rule the world i invite you to tell Hu Jintau what to do and see what happens


Seanin 5 years ago

I think there has been some good arguments going on here.I might only be a young boy, but I know probably more history then some other kids of my age.

Every country has their faults, and boy does the US have a lot of them but I still think we are a great nation.We are not blood thirsty like someone said way up there. ^

Also strategies I am going to have to disagree with you.You said a country can`t be the best without universal health coverage. Well I have to say is a country can`t be the best with universal health coverage. Universal health coverage as many downside included they are basically telling you when you are going to die. The government might pay for it but really you are through taxes. You might be paying for it with your taxes but if your too old and you need lets say a knee replacement they are not gonna give it to you because your too old and a younger person might need it. Also it might be the same way that your paying for it most of your life but then your older know and you need a knee replacement they are not gonna give you one even though you have been paying for it most of your life and you still are paying for it and they won`t give it to you! Also with people who have heart issues and need surgery, you will be on a waiting list that could take months no matter what your heart condition is, you have a great chance of losing your life before you even get into surgery.

So in my opinion even though I could say so much more for my opinion I think that The United States of America is the best country in the world.


mxl 5 years ago

This is an interesting thread. I think that given it's big size and and population, United States is doing the best a country possibly could alongside of being the military power of the world. Some smaller countries might do better in a few things; but again, that's one of the only few things they are good at.The problem is, people from different countries would want to point out only the things that their countries are good at compared to the US, but as a whole, put everything together - being a leader + being a super power + Pure science + Engineering + Medical research and development + biggest economy --all in numbers, who does better ?

Out of close to 195 countries in the world, If any other country was actually comparable to the US as a whole --in the number of great universities with open arms to the great brains from all over the world, best medical facilities, great diversified culture, ethnicity, food etc,I think that country's name would have been up here in the debate, instead of going "Is US the greatest ?", wouldn't it ?.Sure US has some drawbacks but who doesn't ? US has a lot to give for any person of any nation.

FYI, I am an Indian, but I live in the US. I love India without a doubt and I will go back soon, but this is just an unbiased explanation of the truth.

Have a great day..

Have a great day you guys


greg 5 years ago

seanin, it is clear you have never lived in a country with universal healthcare


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kunoon 5 years ago

hey one thing how can you write so much yaaaaaaaar


Name 5 years ago

Deutschland uber alles!!!!


mxl 5 years ago

Simple kunoon, just because I care.


tijnar 5 years ago

I have enjoyed the various comments made re Is America the greatest? Well, I live in Australia and have lived there since migrating from Sri Lanka in 1987. I have visited Vancouver Island in Canada, New Zealand thro sections of France, Portugal, Italy, and my contact with America was just a long stop at L.A airport on my way to Canada and my contact with Americans was when one of their companies took over the Australian company of which I was an employee. To cut a long story short, I would not live in any other country than Australia, and if I were to share my stay, the only other country I would love to live would be New Zealand. None of these countries can be considered "Greatest" in the context it is used. I would not trade places!


John Peterson 5 years ago

Take this from a European, who has traveled throughout the world, including on many ocassions the USA. I have been to every continent, except for Antarctica of course. Before visiting the US I hated it, I was a kind of activist against America and what it stands for. Nowhere in the world do you have so many options, so much freedom and so many things to do like in the US, in 300 years this nation has done more than other countries such as China have done in 8000 years. Most of the modern inventions come from the US, most of the money circulating in the world today comes from the US and in the midst of the worst crisis since the Great Depression it is still the most powerful and economically influential country in the world with a GDP that is three and a half times that of the runner up (China). What the US needs are healthcare reforms and a weekly education program in the TV, that focuses on general education, top that of with a leader with Reagan's charm, Lincolns promise and Steve Jobs' genius and this country will remain the worlds unchallenged superpower for another five hundred years. The main thing the US has to do is give more responsibility for world affairs to the European Nations, Russia and China and pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan to decrease government spending. As I said, take this from a non-american, America is by far the greatest country in the world.


Richard 5 years ago

I was reading this thread and just had to jump in and say my peace, I have been all around the world so I think Im in a postion where I can comment. America is a good country because it is a free country along with many other countries around the world

but to say it is the greatest would only come from people who have never left America.....yes America is powerful in a military sense but the next world war will be over economic supremcy and it will not be fought with guns

Americas systems and way of life do not come close to places like Finland, Australia, New Zealand and norway, I could go on and on and name country after country that would offer a better qualtiy of life than America.

I personally live in the UK, the greatest country I have ever lived in Is Australia....there systems, rules and even technology a far more advanced than America but I find it funny allot of Americans dont even know where Australia is?.......but where you call home will always be the individuals greatest country.....


Richard 5 years ago

One more thing,I saw a couple of comments about how America saved the allies in world war 2

The world was at war 2 years before America helped anyone and they only ended up helping because they were attacked by Japan. The uk was bombed day and night by Germany and America did nothing!! (get your head out of the sand)


San Diego Chargers 5 years ago

USA is the greatest country ever. We are helping half of the world. Everyone out there look up to the USA. we are the best in Sports, Politics, military, economy ... etc.

there is no need for me to say that we are the best because we are the best, the greatest in the world.

GOD BLESS AMERICA


... 5 years ago

@ San Diego Chargers:

Sports? You mean the stolen sports from the English which you changed a little bit, also N1 at "Soccer"[it's called Football not Soccer >


Kesta 5 years ago

mmmm


Kesta 5 years ago

I always find it odd that so many people are so quick to promote America without question. I could understand if they were American, but if I were a citizen of no country (for hypothetical purposes only), what is there that America can offer me that the rest of the developed world can't?

Comparatively their economy isn't nearly as strong as it has been suffering in the Global Financial Crisis, where Australia held strong with the Australian dollar for the first time being stronger than the US, and as strong as it has ever been in Europe and the UK.

The quality of life, when considering health care, quality and accessibility of education, homelessness, unemployment, gun violence (violence in general) and overall crime rates, America falls short to most of the developed world.

Whilst the contributions made by America to the rest of the world are unquestionably brilliant and essential to the progression of the human race in a number of ways (technologically, philosophically, culturally), parts of America are still extraordinarily conservative and sheltered to the point where whilst you may have the right to free speech, exercising that right could put you in danger. Backward and archaic political commentary in America is almost comical to those in other western countries. Obvious contradictions in thought patterns and argument structure when discussing opposing political parties is so EXTREMELY obvious. There are plenty of good reasons to appreciate right wing politics, pick one.

Further, America has a knack for selling out, in all respects. It's big business, and sadly, it is a cultural waste basket when it comes to mainstream music and cinema. SO much brilliant work comes out of America, but it's too big business, French and British cinema is on the whole, much heartier, films are made with purpose.

I like America, but how can anyone hail it as the greatest country in the world when in so many respects it is matched or beaten by the rest of the western world.

It is a silly argument to have for so many reasons. Like any other place, it has its strengths and weaknesses.


Kesta 5 years ago

it should be pointed out also, that American supporters that are claiming to have access to the greatest education, economy, military, sports etc, should potentially seek to further inform themselves.

Economically America is struggling in comparison to the past.

If North Korea is capable of even half of what it says, it's military is one the rest of the world does no want to mess with.

Most sports that America dominates in are American sports.

Tennis, Soccer, Athletics, Swimming, Gymnastics, America is not far and beyond the greatest.

Also, 'America' is not a continent, North and South America and continents independent of one another.


Jon 5 years ago

High obesity rates, highest incarcerated criminals per capita, rampant gun murders, high unemployment, high poverty, corrupt government, religious fanaticism, poor education. It seems the US has more problems than the average country. Now this isn't meant as hate towards the USA, it is just trying to tone down the propaganda that's been fed to Americans since birth leading to the outrageous belief that they live in the greatest country in the world.

The CIA has killed more people than terrorists, the US government on more than one occasion has invaded countries for personal gain destroying infrastructures and innocent life, has a past of repeatedly ostracizing anyone who disagrees with their 'great' country (ex: France, anyone who didn't support Iraq). The idea of democracy is even a joke. The people don't get to decide, they just vote on the two available people.

Get out of the delusion that you are the best-est and free-est and most nice-est nation in the world.


zop 5 years ago

If it wasn't for the U.S.A. most of this planet would be speaking German! God bless the U.S.A. !!


Ray 5 years ago

America is not the best country in the world. Other countries are better.


Casey 5 years ago

Agreed. Very well written. I'm also Canadian and feel exactly the same way.


Katherine 5 years ago

The US is the best country in the world.

I've lived in Europe (Britain and Sweden), Africa (Kenya) and the US. The US is the best country in of any of these, by far. Ease of finding employment - believe me it's worse in Sweden, people remain unemployed for on average 5 years.

Climate - you can find any climate you want in the US. Sweden is too cold for humans. Britain is just damp. People - Brits are boring, Swedes are boring and socially repressed, Americans are friendly and fun. Europeans are racist - much much more racist that US, Kenyans are tribalistic. US is better. US makes more medicines and does much more in medical research such that you can get drugs even at the testing phase, the rest of the world has to wait like a year and even then they are usually unsure, US has the best TV and movies in the world, that's why the rest of the world buys it.

I think people who don't think the US is not the best country in the world fall into two groups:

i)self hating Americans who haven't actually lived outside the US for any extended period of time

or

ii)jealous non-Americans.


Oes222 5 years ago

What is the best country can be different for all persons.

I can agree that the USA maybe are the best country generally.

But the USA is not that different from other western countries. You Americans think you are so special and better than all other countries. And i am not jealous from not being an american, i think my country (Norway) is better to live in than USA in every way except some

stricter regulations when it comes to weapons, and

freakin high car taxes.

I hate that Americans think that all other ppl are jealous because they are not american. It's pathetic.


Mike 5 years ago

Katherine you think america is the greatest because the countries you visited SUCK. Kenya is an poverty craphole, Sweden is for eskimoes and britain is filled with the worst thing on the planet British people.


SAguy 5 years ago

Thanks Adsense for a deliciously controversial topic!

I'm a white, Afrikaans guy from South Africa. Many Afrikaans people, including some of my friends and family have left South Africa, emigrating to other countries to find jobs and often to start a new life.

If I had to emigrate tommorow I would definately go to either Australia or New Zealand, simply because I've talked to people who have emigrated to many different countries, including the USA, and most of them agree that Australia or New Zealand offers the best living conditions in the world.

I do believe that the USA has made some great contributions to modern society, but this has not made them the "greatest" in the world, it has simply made them great.

I think any country that labels itself as "the greatest in the world" will undoubtedly cause all the other countries to resent it because this implies that the other countries are somehow inferior or less important. I think it is this attittude of "we're better than you" that so many Americans have that has earned the USA the resentment of the global community.

I think the more open minded readers will agree with me.

To all the rednecks:

1. I am impartial, America did not save me from any Nazis or communists or dictators. South Africa sorted out the apartheid regime largely on its own.

2. "God bless the USA!"

Which god is that?? Is your god more eligable than Alah or any other god?

3. "You are jealous of our freedoms!"

Nope, we are free enough thank you. We can make U-turns on highways and loiter all we want.

4. "If it wasn't fot the USA the world would be speaking German."

Have you met any Germans? They are not so bad you know and speaking German is not bad either.

5. "We are the greatest because of our powerfull military. We are the policeman of the world."

No one asked you to police us, that is what the UN general assembly and the security council is for. I think a lot of countries would be a lot better off without your "policing". Why are only oil rich countries eligable for policing??

6. "We are the greatest at sports"

Yes. But only at the ones you invented - which are only played in the USA.

Shall I continue?

Here is my take home message:

If you are an American and you believe the USA is the greatest country in the world then good for you. But please keep it to yourself and your redneck buddies. The rest of us are really fed up of hearing it.


Thete 5 years ago

SAguy, Amen to that!!


Nina 5 years ago

The United States the best country in the world??? That is maybe the best joke ever! They are way too far away from that title!


Annie 5 years ago

I found this, it's also about American issues, and it contridicts some of the things you say. I have to say although I love America the way it is now, American history is probably the bloodiest history in the world.

The website is this:

http://uscurrentaffairs.blogspot.com/


Bob 5 years ago

Obviously since you have been to America a total of THREE occasions, you are an expert on our country.

Our country IS the greatest in the world. I would argue Finland as the second, as it fought off bought Nazi Germany and The Soviet Union. They are some of the bravest people in the world.

America is corrupt, but even with that corruption it's the greatest. We need to take back our government , take fluoride out of the water, and aspartame off the market.


Martin 5 years ago

America is a continet


CHARLIEEEEE 5 years ago

well, America is good at having "LOVE"...


CHARLIEEEEE 5 years ago

well, America is good at having "LOVE"...


Shivaram 5 years ago

America without doubt is the greatest country in the World. In my country India, there is no freedom of opportunity and more importance is given to birth. Indian system of reservation simply makes the already tough competition too tough for the unreserved. Take my case, for instance. I have 99 percentile in CAT which is supposedly one of the toughest entrance exams in India and still I have no chance of getting a seat in the IIMs which are the topmost colleges under this exam while the reserved category students with percentiles ranging from 80-90 walk with the honors .This is because of the fact that I am one the disadvantaged "upper castes" who are much maligned in India.

Democracy here is a sham as politicians/parties still play their caste or regional card to garner votes. These voters eventually become "vote banks" as they are termed here.

The Worst of these parties is the Congress which currently is in power as it acts as a mouthpiece of anti India elements. It is not too much to say that Congress will sell all of India off to appease its muslim votebank. The alternative to congress is the BJP which has some potential;however, it is encumbered by the Hindu right wingers in their ranks.

It is obvious that corruption is rampant in every aspect of Indian life.

Brahmins or upper castes like me form a minuscule percentage among the Indian populace and our rights are completely trampled upon. Life is extremely hard and competition too tough while it is a laughing matter for people of the erstwhile oppressed classes.

When I read the definition the American Dream, it sent a thrill of happiness down my spine as it is the only country which professes to give equal opportunity to everyone regardless of birth.

Long live America


Shivaram 5 years ago

America does not need worry about competing with Indians as the talented people are never encouraged in our Country. Moreover, our higher education system is completely in shambles and no impetus is given to research. For instance,The number of Indian scientists who have won nobel prize are in single digits!! The Chinese are your worthy competitors


Cherie 5 years ago

No, it is a European colony and not a country in its own right. The means by which it has prospered are European, systems which were nothing to do with the USA. It just applied European economic and legal models to a large, stolen landmass. Economies of scale, nothing more.


Shivaram 5 years ago

@Cherie You seem ignorant of American history. The initial migrants to United states were no doubt Europeans. But, the values of liberty, landownership for anybody and friendly laws were alien to European landscape. Europe of that time was still in the shackles of the nobility and the arrogance of the landlords was also great. America provided ample opportunity for

the disadvantaged people of Europe who wanted to start afresh!!


Ben 5 years ago

I can't believe this article still lives... anyway I have one thing to say.

SAguy - You are an fool and are arguing sayings and assumptions without understanding what they even mean.


John Milton jr. 5 years ago

Honest people, MY country is the greatest in the world. I know it because I live in it.


Ryan 5 years ago

America is the greatest country in the world, period.

Theres no real argument that any country is any better, just some hateful comments pointing out false arguments, supported only by other lies.

America is the best. Learn it. Accept it.


Mike 5 years ago

America is undoubtly the greatest country in the world. All other countries want to be like America. America is a country but it is still compared to Europe which is a continent. Countries like India have adopted most of their policies by looking at the United States. American's are people who are most proud of their citizenship.

I'm from Germany but I feel there is no comparison between any country and America.

God Bless America and her people.


billy joe bob 5 years ago

of course it is. Anyone that is a U.S citizen and says otherwise is crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Brad 5 years ago

United States is the best country on earth by a long way, if you do not agree you are just JEALOUS!


ann 5 years ago

United States is the best country!!!!!!!!


finnishone 5 years ago

I havent noticed any of you speaking of the environment... is it because the yankees have no darn idea of what it is, all iwe seen here is ur economical bullshit and some people who cant even motivate why america is the best, i live in finland and i am very proud of our brave and stubborn people. we fought the god damn russians not that anyone would ever have helped us, exept the nazis do note that the biggest war in the ww2 was fought in finland called the battle of tali-ihantala. but siriously u got to realize that not everything goes around money oil and stuff, our environment is a mutch more important factor that the germans are really good at fighting about whitch country is the best is quite pathetic.

And someone noticed that we europeans must be pissed concerning this conversation then yes im quite pissed indeed


Sharon Philip 5 years ago

I am going to say that America is the number one best country in the world. Now why do I say this? Take a look at all the developing countries like India, China, Brazil and many others. Check out the degrees of these people. You will see that most of these people have American degrees. Take a look at America's business atmosphere; you can see that it is easy to make money here then in any part of the world. Take a look at medical: The doctors here are one of the best in the world. There is no place in the world where they will even do open heart surgery. Take a look at the education. Even though many Americans do not do well, the system is still good and fact is that Americans are not disciplined to study well. You will see that foreigners with American degrees do a lot much better, but still the originally degree is American. Take a look at the military and the technology of this country. It is one of the best in the world. America does not need to go to war in order shoot a terrorist. They can shoot it right from the homeland.

Look at all the money that America paid to many countries including stupid countries like Pakistan. In the end, the light started right here. America helped a lot of countries, plus living in America is more freer. It has one of the best living standards. Finally look at charity: America has helped a lot of earthquake victims over the years. The US military has helped them with food and a lot.

So you got to think twice before you say something. Your country may be the best, but you have to know that the light came from America itself. So for me, America is the number one country in the world.


Matthew 5 years ago

America is the greatest country in the world, with or without a good economy. God Bless America!


Robin 5 years ago

American media has been plagued with all sorts of problems including, sliding profits, scandals about manipulation, plagiarism, and propaganda, falling readership in the press, “dumbing down”, and so on. Media omissions, distortion, inaccuracy and bias in the US is something acknowledged by many outside the USA, and is slowly realized more and more inside the US. However, due to those very same omissions, distortion, inaccuracy and bias in the US mainstream media, it is difficult for the average American citizen to obtain an open, objective view of many of the issues that involve the United States (and since the United States is the largest economic and military power in the world, they are naturally involved in many issues!).

Considering there are nations that far outlast the USA in terms of many things, Americans that wholeheartedly believe that the USA is the greatest nation on earth are simply puppets.

I have done lots of research about the USA and my own nation (Sweden) after i found my partner living in California and had to spend several years before we managed to migrate here over here. There's so much about Sweden that she was just amazed to hear about since the situation over there is really grim. Sweden is like the grown up version of the USA. The US is a very young nation after all. For example:

- Healthcare -

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USA = Must pay expensive insurances to have any hopes of not going bankrupt from having an injury since healthcare is a BUSINESS in the states and not at all part of the services for the people as it should be. If you're born ill or get hurt without insurance you can't even get insurance since no agency wants to take you in.

Ambulance ride = $2000

Dentist = Expensive!

How can you call this freedom? Americans need to be constantly worried about their health!

SWEDEN = Universal healthcare (EVERYONE gets help, with or without insurance.) Completely FREE healthcare for everyone under the age of 20. 1000 SEK (about €110) annual high-cost protection for everyone over the age of 20, meaning that when and if you accumulate 1000 SEK spent on healthcare it's completely free for a year from the first day that you started accumulating money spent.

Ambulance ride = €11

Dentist = 80% of your fees are paid for.

A perfect balance between small fees for the people, good salaries for the doctors etc, and modern high quality med centers and hospitals.

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- Freedom of speech -

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USA = Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by many state constitutions and state and federal laws.

Exceptions: Obscenity, defamation, incitement to riot, and fighting words, as well as harassment, privileged communications, trade secrets, classified material, copyright, patents, military conduct, commercial speech such as advertising, and time, place and manner restrictions.

Americans are legally much more restricted than many other industrial nations.

SWEDEN = Sweden strongly protects freedom of speech and was a pioneer in officially abolishing censorship.

Exceptions: A small number of restrictions remain such as child pornography and hate speech.

For example, it's perfectly legal to use any cuss word on national television, whether it's live or televised. You could say "Fuck" several times without anyone even caring. In the USA it's taboo.

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Sweden is ahead of America on key reforms such as social security and school choice. Sweden is not socialist. According to the World Values Survey and other similar studies, Sweden combines one of the highest degrees of individualism in the world, solid trust in well-functioning institutions, and a high degree of social cohesion. Sweden also has increasingly generous multi-level subsidies that makes it one of the most attractive locations in the world to start a business of any size and which help the many well-educated and talented people living in this nation of only ten million.

http://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/sw...


maruseru 5 years ago

america is not a country, america is a continent, divided into 3 areas: north, central and south america.

after reaiding some post i guess what you people are referring to is United States of America, and no, i don't think 'U.S.A' is the best country in the world, there is great people in 'U.S.A', theY have great culture, product of the mixture beetwen others cultures, politically speaking, this country is a terrorist country, the gobernment of the 'U.S.A' create excuses to invade other countries to steal their natural resources, inflicting terror to the people who live there, goo thing other countries are making nuclear weapons for protection against the U.S.A (first country to develop nuclear weapons and the only to have used it)


supermankelly 5 years ago

NO. How many other countries go on and on and on (even heard president say it in a speech)that they are the best country in the world?! GET OVER YOURSELF. You have one of the lowest intelligence and the highest over weight. Yet your all to busy watching the 5% of hot sexy people with great lives on TV that you perhaps think your awesome. No other country goes on how great they are. You like the Paris Hilton of countries. 'I'm soo hot'. You really believe you are while the rest of the world just looks down at you. Wake up.

PS. AMERICA is NOT a COUNTRY. This is what is funny as you don't know the name of your own country 'The United States of America!' America as already mentioned is the continent. Go to school. Although it's the school system which probably teaches this!


supermankelly 5 years ago

Least we not forget, the US can't even pay it's debts.


mm 5 years ago

I like to 1st respond to why we don't have universal health care. Americans say it's to prevent too much Government intervention. What do you think social (key word) security is. What are food stamps. Why do you think it's ok to throw people out in the street because they can't afford care. Is that American? Would yo go into a store and give them money with the products. Of course not so why is it pk to pay all these taxes and receive nothing for them. We are at least owed a good health care and education system for the hard earned money we put out. We get neither, nor does the Usa give a damb about them. No, Americans are in a dream world and America is fastly approaching a 3rd world status.


KINGSPAL99 5 years ago

WE ARE AMERICA THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!

WE WILL WORK STRIVE AND LIVE AS WE SEE FIT !

HOW WE CHOOSE AND IF WE PLEASE SUFFER FOR OUR DECISIONS WITH FREEDOM AND SOME WITH HONOR SOME WITHOUT

but we are free to , what ever, right or your little not.not!


KINGSPAL99 5 years ago

"WE" ARE AMERICA THE BEST, GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!

WE WILL WORK, STRIVE, AND LIVE AS WE SEE FIT !

HOW WE CHOOSE, AND IF WE PLEASE SUFFER FROM OUR DECISIONS.

LIFE WITH FREEDOM WE UNDERSTAND, AND WILL NOT LET IT BE TAKEN AWAY, FREEDOM IS TO SOME WITH HONOR SOME WITHOUT HONOR.

LAWS GOVERNS, AS PEOPLE SPEAK, AND STAND FOR THE TRUTHS AND FREEDOMS WE HOLD SO DEAR!


Mark 4 years ago

All subjective. My mother-in-law is a Lebanon native and will never leave. She loves her country.

It is all relative, folks.


Люба 4 years ago

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Guest 4 years ago

My grandfather was American and because of that I have an American passport and have the right to live and work in the USA. Ive probably been there 15 times but have never had the desire to move there. Its a nice enough place but the culture doesn't appeal to half as much as that in other environments. I find myself getting frustrated by the indoctrination and lack of awareness that exists in the States. There is no doubt the US has contributed a huge amount to the world in terms of technology, medicine, science etc but frankly there seems to be a belief among many Americans that it has contributed most of it. This simply is not true. The belief that America is the bastion of democracy is also a fallacy that's widely spouted also. There are many many countries with equally strong and balanced democracies and quite a few of these I would say are considerably more healthy in the sense that they are better balanced with the remainder of the world. Its this sense of self adulation and self promotion that i suppose is what annoys me about the US. Otherwise its a nice enough place. Probably in the top 30-40 countries I would live in.


Sanjay 4 years ago

America is the greatest.


mark 4 years ago

a very big yes America is just marverous .GOD bless America and Africa too


HowDareYa 4 years ago

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! United States!!!!! More Like United Leaders That Use People Like Sheep. Take their wool. Let them save more. Take again! Very Simple. So simple, people are oblivious to the fact.


bill 4 years ago

NO, it is not.


Akemi Mokoto 4 years ago

America is not the best country. The US is behind on every freedom index, it is not the most immigrated to country, it is not the most popular, all and all the US is just a bully with weapons and money(which is also the same as it's debt)


Billy 4 years ago

I am American and I believe that America is one of the greatest countries in the world. the government and foreign policy is terrible, but many world governments are corrupt. I really get irritated when people who have never left the United States and know nothing about other countries call the US the greatest country in the world. I also get irritated when people from outside the US trash it and say all Americans are fat and talk about how bad our country is just because of our government. That being said, America is not the greatest country, but I still believe it's one of the best and i'm fortunate to live here.


Chacha 4 years ago

America is just a load of fat people that don't give a shit about other countries!


SK 4 years ago

U.S.A. = Best movies!

U.S.A. = Best Music!

U.S.A. = Kicks Ass every Olympics

I think the fact that this subject is even asked proves USA is the overall best country.

Hell if it wasnt for the internet that was born in the USA you all could only chat about this around the kitchen table.


SK 4 years ago

PS. Toughest SOB Country in the world, fat or not!


change h15t0ry 4 years ago

We are not the greatest country,but we are better then most. The day we become the greatest nation isn't when we get rid of every thing we think is evil,the day we become great is when we fight and stand up for the people and question the government. More people who don't have weapons die over in the nations in the middle east more then any of our men and women,and then we wonder why they don't want us there,but we the people do more then our government will ever do and thats what makes us one great nation,the people are what makes the country.


Bob 4 years ago

America is the greatest country there is, there ever has been, or ever will be. It is not a perfect country, but it is as close as there is on this planet.


PDY 4 years ago

Have any of you Americans ever even left your own neighbourhood before or what?

Just asking!

Seems like most of you have never been to another country before, and know nothing, of the accomplishments of other countries.


naveen kumar 4 years ago

i think both india &china are great countries in the world


keyshia 4 years ago

AMERICA NOT GOOD AT ALL!

1.)Giving aid to other countries:

after all US and Europe stole resources from Africa, Asia and other places and continue to do so. Aid MUST continue to be given by US citizens to the world(and not even Aid, but full compensation.)Citizens of some countries deserve to be compensated by US govt for life, AID IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT.

2.) US scientists created AIDS

3.)American culture is being imposed to others.

I mean, everyone has his culture. No culture is superior than the other. American culture: walking half naked, Cultures of primitive tribes: walking semi-naked....So!!!which one is the best? No need to impose yours through mass media.

4.)American taxpayers funding killing of the innocent.

Does the fact that thousands and thousands of Iraqi children were killed in an uncessary war instgated by US make a nation great? If such is the case, this world is sick.

5.) NO nation has participated in the killing of the innocent, the poor, the helpless and the defenseless in such a massive scale like US. Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo..e.t.c.........US has killed over 50 million people in wars alone.

6.) Competive trade practices of US and her globalization causing many people in the third world country to go to bed hungry....because, America is using her financial might to power a culture of mass production and cheap production of sub-standard goods that is rendering many products from developing nations too expensive thus cannot compete with American ones. If you call such efficiency, then you are sick? I call such greed.

ANYONE WHO CALLS AMERICA GREAT, IS SICK and needs medical attention?


Dan 4 years ago

Britain is certainly the best place in the world to live, if you go to the right place then you will have a great life! I think its much better than America


Ralph 4 years ago

I live in America and it's not the greatest country for sure. I could move out but it costs too much. If this is the greatest country in the world, I feel sorry for our country and even sorrier for other countries.

Most people that I know are either liars or on drugs. Of course, the smart people are to themselves. Many people have different views. Mostly hate. Of course, people are going to hate what I say no matter what. Especially, if you are American.

People get arrested a boatload everyday in Small Towns. People that don't have money live in houses that look like pure crap. Apartment Complexes are used for get rich quick schemes, many houses have been abandoned for a long time, and most of the small towns look like they haven't had maintenance done or anything done for years.

The police are liars and of course, people love the police here. They worship them. CPS/DCS kidnaps babies/kids for profit. People get shot everyday. 500 in Indianapolis every year. Everytime in towns either people get arrested for duis, drugs, or stealing.

America really isn't a good place at all.


Alex 4 years ago

keyshia you are fucking retarded. I hope to god that your entire post is a joke and that you are completely kidding, and if not you are the most uneducated person I have found on the internet.


Tonythemailman 4 years ago

I do agree with you that america is joint with other to say that one country is the best is wrong america is the most influential country in the world at the moment but 100 years ago it was britain and 2000 years ago it was italy with the roman empire and even earlier it wars iran with the persian empire 100 years in the future it could be an entirely differnt country


Tonythemailman 4 years ago

Oh and SK america did noy invent the the internet it was developed in britain so please dont make claims you cannot back it makes you seem stupid


besty 4 years ago

america is greate, but other countries are olso good. bestnationality.com


Darren G 4 years ago

American patriotism is based on ignorance. %4 per cent of the world's inventions are British but the Yanks still think they invented EVERYTHING. The idea that you are born somewhere so it must be best is not logical. There are idiots on here saying "America is best" and they cant even give reasons. It's strange isnt it that the Americans I meet aroun d the world and have left America DO NOT want to go back and see America for what it is (shithole). Open your eyes you stupid rednecks.


circa123 4 years ago

I'm sorry but I can't read an article titled:

Is America the Greatest Country in the World?

Really,AdsenseStrategies?? I didn't know America was a country? Isn't it a 2 continent??????

Change your title.


eagle 4 years ago

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Name another country in the history of the world that spends more money and resources to helping other countries? In what world is America not the best? I'd rather you just say thanks and be done with it.


Cody 4 years ago

Am I the only american who realized this place wasn't the best WITHOUT traveling? Is everyone around me really that ignorant of the world?

I honestly don't care if we're better than everyone else or not. Sure, it was great that we try to base our government on freedom, but we were the pioneers of the democratic revolution. Other countries certainly learned from some of our mistakes.

Personally, I'd say our biggest problem is the corporations that are so heavily lobbying the government. The gov't has started to fall into the state of corruption that any great country eventually experiences. With all the power this country wields, it has great potential. It mostly just needs to overcome the greed and return the government to the people.

(also, people need to stop being so ignorant. We the people can't do anything useful if nobody cares.)


DAMADMAN 4 years ago

I do not think the the U.S.A is the greatest country in the world because of many reasons.

1: The usa is in more than 15 trillion of debt. (nice going america!)

2: The usa thinks it is the greatest becuse of its military power. (Britain is the best!)

3: If the usa is sooooooooo great then why do so many people disagree?


ben 4 years ago

this country is garbage. because i want to live in a country that charges me money if im dieing. because i want a leader that kills hundreds of thousands of people because they dont live the "american" way. i want to live in place where my country kills the innocent and says either i didnt happen or it was an accident. also i dont want all the people around me to have a gun, and if they get mad at me they will kill me. america is one of the worst countries in the world. Period.


crow 4 years ago

I've lived in the usa for my whole life and I can see your right. Its a good country but in some ways its not .when I think of all the places I can live like the dessert, plains, forest ocean it makes me feel more expanded then just living in one reigen.the only very bad possibilty that could happen are the gas prices. They have been going up nonstop. There expected to reach $9.00 a gallon by 2015.plus I've noticed the air pollution going up.


Kai 4 years ago

If there was a 1 to 10 rating on America I would give it a 9.6


Anonymous 4 years ago

America does have the most powerful military in the world, naval, aerial and army. Sorry Britain but the time of your naval dominance has passed, it's the United States' turn now.


Anonymous 4 years ago

I can see a lot of people saying that America has never lost a war... what about Vietnam? That didn't go so well did it. Or the War of 1812, when British and Canadian forces burned down the White House? People seem to conveniently forget that too. America is not the greatest country. I am not American, I am British, and in Britain there is a National Health Service which, for all its faults, is a million times better than the health service in America, or should I say the lack of it? Also, in Britain we don't have tent cities on the outskirts of our cities full of homeless people - you'll find those all over America. What about Detroit? that place looks like something out of I am Legend or The Road! There's nowhere like that in Britain. Anyone who thinks that America is the greatest country needs to wake up.


Joseph 4 years ago

Yes I see your point but still we are a great country! I know that were not perfect even obama said that when he was talking about how we killed Osama Bin Laden. We are not perfect and your country is not perfect either. No country is if you think about it!! I know that were not the greatest country according to my info Finland is the greatest country in the world. Now dont act like we have all the criminals i am sure your country has them to!!!! I'm sure there is a city that is bad and not safe! Also I live near Detroit and of course we have issues but really Detroit was the greatest city at one time we are just having problems at the moment. You just have to go deep in your heart and see the real beauty of things if you do that maybe you will understand! Now before you look at something like the way your looking at Detroit maybe you should come to the U.S and see for yourself. Now i know what you might be thinking this is just a American anwser but I am British and I am sure you are a wonderful country but still do not judge a book by its cover!!!!!!!!


MrDoc 4 years ago

Without America, we'd probably all be in concentration camps, with gun-holding Nazis or Communists standing guard 24/7. America may not be perfect, but you better thank God, or whatever God/non-God you believe in that America is around to ensure this isn't a reality. I know you know that. Pretty much all Asian countries are corrupt so I have no hope in them. Japanese are smart, but they can be egotistical assholes. I'm an Asian btw. In the end, we have no other country to place our hope in, except in America. Can you imagine what the world would be like with ANY other country? Well, maybe Cananda isn't that bad lol.


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Nevada Logan 4 years ago from USA

Thank you for an excellent point of view. I am a proud American and could not imagine living anywhere else. You have portrayed our good points and bad points, as in all countries, they all have them. If you take a look at our history, especially WWII we had too much at stake to not WIN the war against Hitler. I think pride, determination and the people are what make the greatest country.


Joseph 4 years ago

Okay guys honestly i hate it when people go on like we did not help europe during world war 2. We did before germany declared war on the US. America just did not want to get involved!!!! We just did not want to get involved would you, or your country. We got involved because japan attacked us so really we fought 2 different countrys during the war and so did many others i am sure. So before you say something like oh america was sitting on there butts while europe was being attacked by germans think again because we helped everyone so you could be freee from germany!


RiickyRIcccck 4 years ago

America is the best country that ever existed!

Without a doubt


Iraqi Refugee 4 years ago

America folled us the Iraqis, America is killing my people since 1991, and no one is even saying anything about it!! Please tell me why over a million Iraqi has been killed not counting the million child died in the sanctions, we in the Arab world beleive that America is the most evil country in the globe! even Americans are victims of America, I mean how do you justify the US Government $8M aid to Israel PER DAY since 2001 while Americans dont have free education or health?


Proud Iranian 4 years ago

Will never EVER forget that the US is driving my country into it's economic disasters just to satisfy Israel!! America is the ultimate evil!!


FREEE Palestine 4 years ago

I wouldn't be proud if I was an American, in fact, I would be ASHAMED!! How in the world Americans explain to their children why they support Israel? how do you give land that doesn't belong to you to others? and IF the jews were prosecuted by Germans wWHY not giving them land in Euorope? or Alaska? why in Arab land? Why si world no fair with us?


Arab gulf!! 4 years ago

as a Bahraini I can say that the US double standards is sickening, hypocrisy is the best word to describe the American position of Arab spring revolutions, I mean you guys help Lydia against their dictator and we in Bahrain been killed by YOUR weapons and supported dictators for decades now, why Americans are that stupid please someone tell me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Mike 4 years ago

I know this is old as hell, but it came up in a search. America is not a Country it/they are continents. The United states is the county. You know you can actually fly to a ton of other countries and still have gone to America. Im from the United States and I am very proud of where I live but I can't say how much I HATE the US being reffered to as America when in fact there are tons of other countries and so on in America.


Alfonso 4 years ago

To answer this question, first we must define its scope: do we mean America as it stands today, or should we take into account the good and bad things it did throughout history? I, for one, think it's unfair for Americans to take credit (or blame) for what their forefathers have done - though I think on balance they did marginally more good than harm.

I've lived in Bolivia (20 years), the US (1 year), Italy (1 year) and the United Kingdom (2 years and counting), so my opinion is limited only to these countries, not the entire world. In order of "greatness", I would rate these countries as follows: 1. United Kingdom; 2. Italy; 3. US. 4. Bolivia. However, for a number of personal reasons, my favorite country to live in is Bolivia, despite the fact that it is far behind in almost every point of comparison.

Now, how to define "greatness"? From the above posts, I can see many put a weight on things like:

- Technological inventions, which I frankly don't, because I consider them to be largely individual - not national - achievements, and often come about by accident.

- Military prowess, which I don't value because the ability to kill human beings is not something I really hold in high regard.

- Historical contribution to wars, which (as I've said) I won't consider here because I don't think it's fair for anyone to take credit or blame for what his forefathers have done.

- Contribution to the development of ideas, which - again - is a matter of individual (as opposed to national) achievement, and often involves building on ideas developed by other people of different nationalities.

- Sports, which (again) I consider a matter of individual achievement.

- Socioeconomic conditions (a combination of education, access to healthcare, safety, social security, average income, environment, etc.), possibly the most important thing in my book.

- Personal freedoms, democracy and rule of law, the second most important thing in my view.

Most Americans I've met (including many in this thread) are woefully uninformed about the state of personal freedoms outside their own country, often thinking that they are a "beacon of freedom" for the rest of the world - as a Bolivian citizen, I think America has done more harm than good to freedom in my country through the support of right-wing dictatorships. Domestically, I think America generally does OK in that respect (probably less so after 9/11), but not better than the UK or Italy - though perhaps slightly better than Bolivia.

The UK definitely has the most free press, often to the point of being obnoxious and abusive to people's privacy. Brits can (and do) criticize their government and monarchy without fear of any sort of retaliation. Despite not having a written Constitution (which I find fascinating), it has a solid democracy - perhaps the most solid of all the countries I've lived in. The people, through their elected representatives in Parliament, have the last word on all matters of policy, unlike the US where critical policy issues (e.g. healthcare) can depend on the decision of an unelected Supreme Court.

While the US fares well in terms of freedom of press, I think the main American news networks (which tend to have a clear bias to the right or the left, i.e. Fox News v MSNBC + CNN) exert an unhealthy degree of influence on public opinion, often being able to decide the outcome of an election by way of competing for the best and most repeated soundbites. While the UK and Italy are no strangers to biased media, I haven't seen the same degree of viciousness and misinformation that I saw in the American media (in Italy at least everyone knows that Berlusconi's outlets are to be taken with a grain of salt). The influence of money on elections exists everywhere, but I'd say it is a far bigger problem in America than it is in the UK (though Italy is probably the worst in that regard).

On the issue of healthcare, Italy and the UK have well-functioning universal health care systems, whereas the US has a very very expensive system that leaves many people without coverage. Higher education in the UK and Italy can be great or terrible depending on the university you attend to (which in turn depends on your personal merits, not your wallet), but at least it is affordable for most people. In the US, higher education is not only necessary for a good standard of living, but it is also insanely expensive, without being better in terms of quality than British or Italian higher education. Moreover, I don't think I have seen as many people in Europe demonizing academia as I have seen in America (Rick Santorum's recent remarks come to mind).

In terms of fighting crime, the UK is probably doing just as good as America (which is not so good), but gun violence is a lot worse in America than in the UK - the Second Ammendment sure is a bitch. Italy comes on top in this regard.

Well, that's my two cents.


joseph 4 years ago

Okay i know you guys are saying that america is the evil of the world but we are not. And also why are you saying we only support israel we are very good freinds with israel and are trying to help all countrys. And Proud Iranian guy how are we driving your country into madness you are the one making nuclear bombs like who does that. Also i think it is are government that is fighting not the citizens of both countrys. Also one day i was watching something on tv and some guy from america went to iran and there was alot of hate americans signs you dont find us having signs saying we hate other countrys really!!!


Joseph 4 years ago

I am an American but i dont think we are the greatest country. I know we are a good country and i can not imagine living any where else but I believe that Canada is a little better then the U.S. I believe this because they are nice, caring, multicultural, and much more. Me as an American knows that we are not the best i think canada is greater but still i love AMERICA!!!!!!!! P.s I think what i said above about canada it does remind me of the u.s.


Kaz 4 years ago

I was born and raised in the U.S. for 22 years now. I definitely agree 100% with everything you said, as well as with many other people's comments. While the U.S. is a great country, I do not believe it is the greatest for the same reasons as previous people have mentioned.

However, I will say that the U.S. consistently produces the most Olympic athletes, boasts the largest entertainment industry in the world (Hollywood), and also leads the world in pop music (whether you like the music or not is a whole different debate...)

The U.S. is also one of the most diverse nations in the world. While this produces new problems (racism, lack of culture), the U.S is certainly accepting of people of many different backgrounds.

Additionally American colleges consistently rank very high in academic rankings of world universities (Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkley).


Cathy 4 years ago

AMERICA IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!! WOO! WE'RE THE BEST AT EVERYTHING AND WE INVENTED EVERYTHING AND IF IT WEREN'T FOR US YOU'D BE SPEAKING GERMAN YOU EUROPEAN PIECES OF

Shut up.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but American opinions - perhaps more than any other country - seem to be unusually loud. Where has this mindset come from that America is the greatest place on earth? Seriously, is it hammered into you from birth or something? You have freedom of speech - so do many other countries. Democracy - same as above. Education, healthcare (not America's strong point, granted, but for those who have the money it's still very good)- the list goes on. Yet I rarely come across anyone from other countries - say, Norway or France - who go on about how incredible and wonderful their country is. Sure, it's nice to have some pride in your country, but some views are just plain ignorant.

I like America. I don't think it's the GREATEST country in the world; I'm not sure what country should hold that title. But I like the culture and the diversity, and I can understand why so many don't have a passport: you have such a wonderful countryside! I wouldn't want to leave! But there's so much ignorance at other countries in some of these comments. In my opinion, America isn't the greatest. Not by a long shot.

And as a superpower? Yes: at the moment. Britain used to be the most powerful superpower a hundred years back, and look what happened there ;)


Bootypirate 4 years ago

Can't we all just get along?

Romanian women have have the sweetest looking kabooses.

Top THAT!!!


uslawyer 4 years ago

I am a lawyer, born and raised in the United States, with blue collar roots. My ancestors were 19th century immigrants from Germany and Ireland. I had 6 siblings and am the only one on either side of the family with a professional degree. I have never once believed that I could not break any barrier or accomplish anything I wanted in this country. I am 53 and I retired at 49, other than choosing to still represent some clients. In order to achieve financial independence, I worked two jobs for over 25 years, many times 60 to 80 hour weeks, and I saved as much as 80-90 percent of my net earnings in some years. I invested wisely in the global stock market. I have not traveled outside of the U.S. other than to Canada and Mexico. I try to read as much as possible and am fascinated by world history and other cultures, as well as this and other blogs. My father was a decorated veteran of WWII. He was in the Normandy invasion of France and ended up in Czechoslovakia after V-E Day, training for the invasion of Japan. I spoke with him extensively about his experience and hope to write a book for the family some day.

I hope this background will help you realize where my beliefs originate, and hopefully grant me a bit of credibility. I won't emphasize the things the USA has accomplished through our brief history as that has been discussed above.

The U.S. is certainly a great nation with opportunity, wealth, power, and influence. But in a nation created by the people, greatness should be determined by the people and their actions, or their inaction. If we are truly a government of the people and by the people, then we have some real people problems to overcome.

There is tremendous arrogance and ignorance in the U.S. There appears to be a desire by many U.S. citizens to not read or neutrally learn, but rather allow the biased media to inform and influence. This has allowed both the government at times and certainly corporations to gain way too much influence over the citizens. Political commercials should be a joke, but instead they work. It is unbelievable that people actually are influenced by them.

Food and tobacco have had addictive ingredients added by processors so as to make consumers slaves to their products. Our obesity and addictions in this country are sad and epidemic.

You cannot easily obtain quality health care if you do not have insurance. I have clients that, despite having money, could not obtain health care because they did not have insurance. Seriously, the doctors would not accept their money, insurance only. If I personally lose my group policy of insurance, which could happen, I will not be able to buy health care in the private sector because of a pre-existing condition. My group plan reduces coverage and increases my premium and deductible every year. God help me if I have another health problem, they will probably price me out of the plan. Many sick people, some stricken with cancer, argue with their insurance companies on a regular basis trying to get payment or authorization for treatment. Medical bills are one of the leading causes of personal bankruptcy in the U.S. Children go without healthcare, dental care, and eye care. Free veteran's care or state paid healthcare is substandard where I am located and that appears to be the norm or completely non-existent in many states.

This is a crisis no great nation should ever have. I cannot feel secure with my hard earned financial success, because I know that a serious disease or health crisis could wipe out even my best intentioned retirement portfolio. How can that be in a country that boasts the greatest wealth the world has ever seen?

Now lets not forget corporations that buy inventions and patents so we continue to burn their oil or buy their products. Or our refusal to address the worst environmental disaster of all time, global warming. Or wars that we start without the support of Congress or our Western Allies. Or corporations that caused a global recession second only to the Great Depression, and not one corporate leader jailed under Sarbanes-Oxley which was passed after the Enron scandal to prevent this corporate abuse. But instead the tax payers bailed them out so they could pay their bonuses.

I grew up with the Vietnam war, the civil rights movement, Watergate, and protests. I had some hope for our future when I watched the occupy movements, but it appears to be fading. Have we accomplished great things in this land of opportunity? Yes. Am I grateful? Yes. But the people need to take responsibility and steer this great nation back on course. We are a great nation and can become an even greater nation, but I am not sure we are currently of the people, by the people, and for the people right now. We must be self-reflective and correct our deficiencies, and it starts with the people. Yes, we are still young. If we can withstand a civil war, abolish slavery, become the arsenal of democracy, break down racial barriers, and win a cold war against the only other superpower at the time, then we certainly can overcome these problems. But our people have to be intelligent, creative, resourceful, and realize that politics, anger, and bias have no place in problem solving. It is not enough to say we are great. We have to be great.


Vlad 4 years ago

I think America is the greatest country .. although not living in America I would be there .. I'm from romania


Kevin 4 years ago

I would say that the Nortn European countries, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Denmark are the best. These countries consistently come out top in the quality of life tables.


zacc 4 years ago

the idea that there is the 'best country' is ridiculous. we live in a world with many different cultures, religions, and pasts. to say that one is better than the other is insane, they are all different, for better or worse. if we want to get into an argument about the 'best' democracy, look no further than Australia, (if you dont know the system look it up). if you want the 'best' military, obviously it is the US, but does this make a country great, no, it probably creates more problems. saying that america is great because it has god is insane, every country has god, god did not choose america over all other countries. also, by stating this you are saying that america's religion (Christian) is better than all others, which is not true, all religions have value.

has the US contributed a lot to world politics and world order, yes, but this is not the definition of the 'best country' because there is no definition.


Dicki Macdonlad 4 years ago

The United States is the greatest country the word has seen and will always be.


Charles Aprile 4 years ago

God I hate America.

No true freedom, corporations have taken that from you, Elections are influenced by your disproportionatly large private-sector, you promote "democracy" only when its convenient for you, your support for authoritarians like Armas in Guatemala or Pinochet in Chile being examples. You have no universal heathcare, your taxation system is a joke manipulated by the rich under the false justification of "incentive building." I am a dual US-Dutch citizen born and raised abroad but I have lived and studied in America, but I can full heartedly say that I am ashamed of my American side, thus the second person referral.

For God's sake I couldn't even drink a beer with my father when I was 19! you call that freedom? Police being on my ass because I'm a half-black guy with dreadlocks? damn it, the US is not the greatest country in the world, its just a superpower, just like the British Empire was, the French before them, and the Roman Empire before it. The only difference is that it keeps the world oppressed economically with the ideas of "free market" integrating vertically with third world countries in order to get cheap raw materials and products to sustain its greed for the unsustainable US lifestyle that is based on excess. We presently have enough grain to feed the entire world a 6,000 calorie diet, and yet we don't because the prices of grain need to be kept high to keep the food conglomerates afloat.

All empires fall and unfortunately each one is replaced by one just as greedy and vile as the one that preceded it.


Sankha Adikari 4 years ago

U.S.A The greatest country in the world. I am from South Asian immigrant. USA forever...........LOVE THIS LAND OF THE FREEDOM.


anynomous 4 years ago

i am australian and personally think that America IS the best country in the world. If you were to add up all of the population of australia IQ you would you would be lucky if you ended up with 40 IQ points. Futhermore, New Zealand is one big earthquake, Europe doesn't have a national power outlet, Britain won't use bombs because somone could get hurt ( which is technically the point of bombs ) and Canada has too many langauges. Yet with this said i would also like to say that all these countries are not allied with middle eastern countries. I am NOT a racist but i do not like what they stand for. also if one of them got complete global power then the world would be a completely awful place to live. And i'm not just saying that we would all be eating slugs and dogs (although most of what we would eat would be what we call our pets now). Since America is the main ( not the only, but the main) fighting force of the west it is concievable that they are definitly the best


TruthTeller 4 years ago

I think the issue of which country is the greatest is impossible to find a correct answer for. It is the same as asking what is the best song or sport, it is an opinion and can never be truly answered.


person126 4 years ago

vietnam is the best country in the world ;)


person126 4 years ago

vietnam the best in the world


Bledi 4 years ago

USA is the best country in the world as of right now. Europe has his strict labor rules and a xenophobic society, inverted only in themselves. There is no Dynamism of life in Europe. I lived in USA for 10 years and now I am in Norway, been to Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, East Europe, Greece etc. America is unbeatable, full of dynamism, vitality, a vibrant economy which rewards the smart and hardworking person, not the lazy like in Norway. They way of USA is the best way to move forward a nation. They should take over the rest of the world, because it is only fair. They know how to run a nation and spread prosperity, let them do it.


america is great! 4 years ago

ameria is only one of the many countries that are all great.


American steve 4 years ago

Hai, Ah am american, and america is the best .


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Prophet 3 years ago

America is a very young nation. Not even 300 years old. Just a newborn compared to China, England, India, Japan, ...... At one time America was great. But I think thet got too big for their britches. Bragging and forcing their Democracy and religious freedoms on countries that don't really want those ways. Some of those are ancient countries with ways and traditions and religions that make them who they are and they are dedicated and proud of their ways. Why does this young America feel that they have to dictate to these countries and convert them to American ways ? And why would the want the ways of America that totally discards their religious beliefs, cultures and even moral values. America does not set a good example . America is full of crimes against humanities and religions. My religion believes that gay sex is a sin, wrong and immoral and should not be praised, but discouraged. America is NOT above my God and Creator. HE IS FIRST ! Above myself, my family, my country.

America is going downhill fast. They got too greedy, Unions and hi-end earners keep demanding higher wages and benefits and and eventually lose their jobs not only to other countries, but even within their own country to illegal aliens ! What a slap in the face! Alcohol and rediculous sports are promoted and worshipped over families, morals, values, patriotism.

The United States IS divided. The U.S. Dollar has been downgraded TWICE and on the verge of a third downgrade. NO longer the wealthiest nation. China owns most of America, but they are older and wiser and do not rub it in so most Americans laugh and deny it. America used to be great....full of ambition, hard working people,.....One Nation under GOD. They took God out . When you can't say "God Bless America", ....He won't.


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Marquis 3 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

Bush-Cheney oligarchy? When was that?

I see you have a Leftist bias. I was going to give this high marks before I saw that. I think Bush was a good president. At least he wasn't a weak one like the current one we have today.


sarah 2 years ago

wow I live in ammeraca


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I have a leftist bias in a way, I guess, yes. I do not however think Obama is in any way a good president, nor do I think the Democratic Party is in any way a party I would trust. I also do not believe automatically that Government can do things well (as some "left"-wing people seem to). On the other hand, having lived in countries where health systems are overseen through government operations, I also do not think the PRIVATE sector necessarily does things right all the time either. I am a bit surprised anyone could think Bush was a good president; lying to a country so as to convince its people to go to war is about as low as you can get. But, again, I am sure Democrat presidents have done that too...


Me 2 years ago

i think, that USA is the ONE OF THE greeters countries, because in that country lives very nice, hardworking people.


Jac 2 years ago

Ok, you can talk about how the USA has the best military,degrees,freedom of speech etc... But what your forgetting is that your country is less than 300 years old and everything you know has derived from the other greater civilisations!USA used to be great until these counterparts stepped aside,and watched as "Americans" became egotistic and quite frankly annoying.

My faith would be restored if everyone of you stopped watching Fox News, also can you stop claiming to make the best coffee in the world?

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