I’ve … run into some really strange rankings since starting this blog, some of which are preposterous and others of which are rather subjective.
- One group claimed that America is one of the world’s most authoritarian nations.
- The statists at the OECD put together a ranking asserting that poverty is a bigger problem in the United States than in Greece, Portugal, or Turkey.
- A poll of world travelers ranked which nations had the most attractive people.
- In a 2010 ranking of influence in the world of global finance, the FCI 500 placed me higher than either George Soros or Paul Krugman.
That last one was good for my ego. My only comment is that I wish that I had real influence.
Speaking of preposterous rankings, I have something new for the list.
There’s a group that puts out something called the “Happy Planet Index,” which supposedly is a “global measure of sustainable well-being.”
But it’s really an anti-energy consumption ranking, modified by life expectancy data along with some subjective polling data about lifestyles. And it leads to some utterly absurd conclusions.
Here’s their map of the world. All you really need to know is that it’s supposedly bad to be a red country.
The United States is 105th according to the clowns who put together the rankings, while Cuba somehow came in 12th place… .
Venezuela also ranks near the top, and other jurisdictions that score at least 50 places above America include Albania, Pakistan, Palestine, Iraq, Moldova, and Tajikistan.
It’s not just that those nations all rank above the United States. They also are ahead of Sweden, Canada, Australia, Iceland, Singapore, and Hong Kong… .