Higher than Bulgaria however not as good as Cuba: how did the US turn into such an terrible place to dwell? | Arwa Mahdawi

Higher than Bulgaria however not as good as Cuba: how did the US turn into such an terrible place to dwell? | Arwa Mahdawi

What do you name a rustic the place almost one in 10 adults have medical money owed and a damaged bone can boot you into chapter 11? A rustic the place a metropolis of greater than 160,000 residents not too long ago had no protected ingesting water for weeks? A rustic the place life expectancy has dropped for the second 12 months in a row and poor folks promote their blood plasma with the intention to make ends meet? A rustic the place the maternal mortality charge of black ladies within the capital is almost twice as excessive as for ladies in Syria?

You name it one of many richest international locations on this planet.

The US is the second-wealthiest nation on this planet (not too long ago overtaken by China) if you take a look at nationwide steadiness sheets. It’s the most important financial system on this planet if you take a look at GDP. And it’s dwelling to among the richest folks on this planet. By all these measures of progress, the US is doing nice. By different measures, nonetheless, issues will not be fairly as rosy. The UN not too long ago demoted the US to forty first, down from thirty second, in a world rating primarily based on its sustainable growth objectives. Like all the things UN-related, this index is jargony and complex, however primarily it’s centered on the high quality of lifetime of unusual folks slightly than the creation of wealth. And, on this measure, the US comes simply behind Cuba and simply above Bulgaria. The US is “turning into a ‘creating nation’,” one MIT economist mentioned final week, primarily based on this index.

When you’re studying this from the opposite aspect of the Atlantic, issues aren’t a lot better. An evaluation in the Monetary Occasions final week discovered that “On current developments, the common Slovenian family will likely be higher off than its British counterpart by 2024, and the common Polish household will transfer forward earlier than the top of the last decade.” Basically, the evaluation concluded, earnings inequality within the US and UK is so huge that the 2 nations ought to be classed as poor international locations with some very wealthy folks. Most of whom appear to be within the authorities.

Arwa Mahdawi is a Guardian columnist

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