- Oct 25, 2005
The decline took place over 70-80 years. Give the United States another twenty or thirty years and you will see the same phenomena: beggars in the streets and shantytowns. The Gini index (measure of disparity of income and wealth) for the US is the highest in the industrialised world and beaten only by Brazil. Child mortality rates in inner cities are comparable to the third world. All over the world -- Argentina, USA, Britain, India -- you see the same phenomena: an affluent small group living in a state of siege, surrounded by armies of the great unwashed eking out a precarious existence through sporadic work (often on the black), petty crime, or cottage industry (e.g. recycling)."Paul_NL" said:Argentina the only country ever to go from a first world country to a third world country in just one generation.