Record Numbers of Americans Want to Leave the U.S.

Jul 2018
2,153
522
Earth
#31
Is this why so many Americans want to leave:

Annual global index rates U.S. 128th most peaceful nation on earth
“The average level of global peacefulness improved for the first time in five years,” the index said, noting that Iceland is the most peaceful nation, a spot it has held for 11 years.​
New Zealand is in second place, followed by Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Canada, Singapore, Slovenia, Japan and the Czech Republic, to round out the top 10.​
The U.S. is ranked 128th on the peace list, down four places from last year. Among Western allies, Australia is 13th, Germany 22nd, Britain 45th and France 60th. In Central America, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were rated 114, 113 and 123, respectively.​

I'd like to see some further study on the Central American reports, because those three nations mentioned have been subjected to US-sponsored destabilization and regime changes over the past 30 years, that exacerbated crime and motivated thousands to flee......and became that ILLLLLegal border problem so many rightwingers are always crapping about! How did Honduras, where more than a million fled north because of narco gangs and leftover contras, score higher than the US?

At the other end of the spectrum, Afghanistan ranks as the world’s least peaceful nation — with Syria as runner-up, followed by South Sudan, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Central African Republic, Libya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Russia.
My rightwing source reporting on this poll certainly won't say it out loud, but those nations at "the other end of the spectrum" are all nations that US regime change policy has laid waste to in recent years. What did they expect to find?
"If we don’t start any new wars, we are probably going to see global peace improve in 2019,” Mr. Killelea said, noting that these improvements “leave some level of optimism.”​
The research also calculates the annual “economic impact of violence” — how much it costs on a global scale to deal with conflict, war and other factors. The report says that figure is now $14.1 trillion, and moving in the right direction.​
“The global economic impact of violence improved for the first time since 2012, decreasing by 3.3% or $475 billion from 2017 to 2018,” the research said.​
But the 103-page report also found that the world remains “considerably less peaceful now than a decade ago,” and that both positive and negative trends are at work. The research found that 86 of the nations were improving on their peaceful characteristics, while 76 faced deteriorating situations. The study also measured an emotional dynamic.​
The US is the #1 war-monger in the world =
America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776
America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776 | Washington's Blog

Fighting is what we do.
 
Dec 2016
5,460
2,780
Canada
#32
The US is the #1 war-monger in the world =
America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776
America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776 | Washington's Blog

Fighting is what we do.
I'm sure the Romans were saying just about the same thing back in the 4th century A.D.. The Roman Empire kept gaining more and more wealth as it conquered more lands to exploit natural wealth and enslaved their people. But Rome reached a point by the 2nd century A.D., where there were no more lands to conquer which provided return on investment. There was nothing to gain by invading German lands east of the Rhine, so after an unprofitable occupation, they left! They tried to conquer the Persian Empire...which led to disaster, so it became a long, slow period of attrition...trying to maintain the empire they had, while running out of gold and silver, as their mines in Spain were spent, and Rome had to mint copper coins.

The American Empire had been a homegrown empire through the 19th century...focused on moving west..conquering indian lands as they went. But, eventually they ran out empty land within their territory and had to look elsewhere...focusing on a sophisticated system of economic colonization through banking and installing useful dictators to pose as national leaders. But 21st century America has developed a new racket that past empires didn't have available: become the world's largest arms dealer to help defer the inflating military costs. But, the debts caused by military spending continue to grow, and more and more countries...both friend and foe, are bypassing the US Dollar to engaging in trading with their own or other currencies. At some point, investors in US debt will start wondering if they will really get paid back in full. And then what?
 
Likes: iolo