We’re Number One!*

*the number one nation that the world considers the greatest threat to peace, that is.

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In an annual global survey reaching 67,806 respondents across 68 countries, conducted by the Worldwide Independent Network and Gallup at the end of 2013, citizens were asked “Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?”. The U.S. topped the list, with 24 percent believing America to be the biggest danger to peace.

Not surprisingly, the U.S. was rated most highly in areas recently targeted for American intervention: the Middle East and North Africa. A majority in Peru, Brazil and Argentina expressed concern about the U.S., which was also flagged as the greatest threat by 32% in Eastern Europe, 37% in Mexico,  17% of Canadians, and 13% of U.S. citizens.

Being a threat apparently doesn’t make America any less desirable as a place to live, as it was still voted as the country that people would most like to move to by a narrow margin of 9%. This doesn’t necessarily mean America is the “best” place to live, but being the biggest threat does give it certain privileges, such as having the most concentrated wealth, being the largest consumer, having the power to dominate and exploit resources of other nations and bomb/embargo those who don’t cooperate, etc.

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About Luther Blissett

"Luther Blissett" is a multi-use name, an "open reputation" informally adopted and shared by hundreds of artists and social activists all over Europe since Summer 1994. For reasons that remain unknown, the name was borrowed from a notable association football player who played for A.C. Milan, Watford F.C. and England in the 1980s.
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3 Responses to We’re Number One!*

  1. Nolan says:

    I suppose some comfort can be had from the stat that 13% of Americans that see their own country is the greatest threat to peace. It means that 13% are (at least partially) awake(if you assume its an accurate measure of American opinion). I take comfort knowing that our 24% score will go down significantly after the coming dollar collapse, and that China is starting to keep us in check, like they did/are doing with Iran and Syria.

  2. There is a certain sense of security living in the world’s most badass country. That is until they turn on their own citizens.

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