Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks once again to Pirate’s Cove and The Other McCain for the Rule Five links!

File this under “so obvious it’s not funny”:  Science Proves Communism Makes Nations Poorer and Less Healthy.

Duh.  Excerpt, with my comments interspersed:

Researchers testing historical connections between cultures found that whether a country had been under communism was the biggest factor for those with lower health, income and educational levels.

In the first undertaking of its kind, they analyzed the fortunes of 44 countries across Europe and Asia and looked at geography, religion, systems of government and a more intangible quality called “deep cultural ancestry.”

I wonder how you quantify “deep cultural ancestry?”

Writing in the journal Royal Society Open Science, they matched these factors against where they ranked on the United Nations Human Development Index, which measures per-capita income, life expectancy at birth and the number of years its citizens spend in education.

Actually those seem like pretty fair measures of how prosperous a society is.  I can think of many more, but it’s a start.

Most of the issues they looked at appeared to have little or no effect on the disparities between the countries, except for Islamic countries scoring a little worse on education.

Instead, the single strongest predictor for a country’s health, and the second-strongest for its wealth, turned out to be whether its rulers had embraced communism.

Who knew?  Well, anyone who has read about the history of communism – or anyone who has read a recent news story about conditions in North Korea.

I don’t have numbers, but I have a strong suspicion, backed by fifty-six years of direct observation, that the converse is true as well:  You can probably draw a direct correlation between per-capita income, life expectancy at birth and education and liberty.  That is to say, the free-est nations are almost certainly the most prosperous.

Why hasn’t anyone studied this?  Oh, wait – a big group of people have been studying it for over two hundred years.  We’re called Americans.  As supporting evidence, I offer the fact that people in every other nation of the world, including those who claim to hate us, all want to come live here.