Anglo philosophy leads to Anglo statistics
Two things Click Opera is always banging on about — how money doesn’t equal happiness, and how life in the Anglosphere sucks (largely because money doesn’t equal happiness) — were underlined this week by two reports about the quality of life in Britain and America. First, on Wednesday, U-Switch released their European Quality of Life Index, a survey of life in ten European countries ranking them according to 19 variables, including income, tax, the cost of essential goods and services, and the weather. Despite having the highest household incomes in Europe, Britain and Ireland were ranked lowest for quality of life, at 9 and 10 respectively. France and Spain came highest.
(Via Click opera)
Interesting post by Momus. Some of the numbers are quite shocking:
…the US ranked 42nd in the world for life expectancy despite spending more on health care per person than any other country.
It has more children (15%) living in poverty than any other advanced nation, and the most people in prison.
One in four Americans are now officially obese.
25% of 15-year-old students performed at or below the lowest level in an international maths test — worse than Canada, France, Germany and Japan.