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Is America the Greatest Country in the World?

Updated on February 26, 2016

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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      Jac 3 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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      Me 3 years ago

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

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      AdsenseStrategies 3 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com

      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...

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      sarah 3 years ago

      wow I live in ammeraca

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      Marquis 4 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.

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      Prophet 4 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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      5 years ago

      TL;DR

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      American steve 5 years ago

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

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      america is great! 5 years ago

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

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      Bledi 5 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.

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      person126 5 years ago

      vietnam the best in the world

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      person126 5 years ago

      vietnam is the best country in the world ;)

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      TruthTeller 5 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.

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      anynomous 5 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

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      Sankha Adikari 5 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.

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      Charles Aprile 5 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.

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      Dicki Macdonlad 5 years ago

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

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      zacc 5 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.

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      Kevin 5 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.

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      Vlad 5 years ago

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

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      uslawyer 5 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.

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      Bootypirate 5 years ago

      Can't we all just get along?

      Romanian women have have the sweetest looking kabooses.

      Top THAT!!!

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      Cathy 5 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 ;)

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      Kaz 5 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).

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      Joseph 5 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.

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      joseph 5 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!!!

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      Alfonso 5 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.

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      Mike 5 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.

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      Arab gulf!! 5 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      FREEE Palestine 5 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?

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      Proud Iranian 5 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!!

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      Iraqi Refugee 5 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?

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      RiickyRIcccck 5 years ago

      America is the best country that ever existed!

      Without a doubt

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      Joseph 5 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!

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      Nevada Logan 5 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.

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      MrDoc 5 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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      Joseph 5 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!!!!!!!!

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      Anonymous 5 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.

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      Anonymous 5 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.

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      Kai 5 years ago

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

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      crow 5 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.

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      ben 5 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.

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      DAMADMAN 5 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?

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      Cody 5 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.)

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      eagle 5 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.

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      circa123 5 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.

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      Darren G 5 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.

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      besty 5 years ago

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

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      Tonythemailman 5 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

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      Tonythemailman 5 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

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      Alex 5 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.

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      Ralph 5 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.

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      Dan 5 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

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      keyshia 5 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?

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      naveen kumar 5 years ago

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

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      PDY 5 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.

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      Bob 5 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.

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      change h15t0ry 5 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.

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      SK 5 years ago

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

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      SK 5 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.

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      Chacha 5 years ago

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

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      Billy 5 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.

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      Akemi Mokoto 5 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)

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      bill 5 years ago

      NO, it is not.

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      HowDareYa 5 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.

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      mark 5 years ago

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

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      Sanjay 5 years ago

      America is the greatest.

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      Guest 5 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.

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      Люба 5 years ago

      ???? ?????????? ?????? ?????? ?? ???????? ?????

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      Mark 5 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.

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      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!

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      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!

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      mm 6 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.

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      supermankelly 6 years ago

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

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      supermankelly 6 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!

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      maruseru 6 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)

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      Robin 6 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...

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      Matthew 6 years ago

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

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      Sharon Philip 6 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.

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      finnishone 6 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

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      ann 6 years ago

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

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      Brad 6 years ago

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

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      billy joe bob 6 years ago

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

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      Mike 6 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.

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      Ryan 6 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.

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      John Milton jr. 6 years ago

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

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      Ben 6 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.

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      Shivaram 6 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!!

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      Cherie 6 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.

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      Shivaram 6 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

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      Shivaram 6 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

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      CHARLIEEEEE 6 years ago

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

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      CHARLIEEEEE 6 years ago

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

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      Martin 6 years ago

      America is a continet

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      Bob 6 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.

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      Annie 6 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/

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      Nina 6 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!

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      Thete 6 years ago

      SAguy, Amen to that!!

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      SAguy 6 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.

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      Mike 6 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.