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We’re Not No. 1! We’re Not No. 1! U.S. Underperforms in Social Progress Index


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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/opinion/were-not-no-1-were-not-no-1.html?ref=nicholasdkristof&_r=1

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In the Social Progress Index, the United States excels in access to advanced education but ranks 70th in health, 69th in ecosystem sustainability, 39th in basic education, 34th in access to water and sanitation and 31st in personal safety. Even in access to cellphones and the Internet, the United States ranks a disappointing 23rd, partly because one American in five lacks Internet access.

The arguments for boosting opportunity or social services usually revolve around social justice and fairness. The Social Progress Index offers a reminder that what’s at stake is also the health of our society — and our competitiveness around the globe.

okay so the US has the same population, roughly, as all of the countries "above" it on that list... COMBINED... e.g. yet another set of false comparisons.. If they count Belgium and Norway separately, they should also count Massachusetts and Oregon separately.

It's unclear to me how different Massachusetts and Oregon actually are. 

Health and education is pretty embarrassing :(

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