For the Record: best country in the world?
For the Record, maybe the US isn't #1 after all.
When people tell me the US is the best country in the world, I always ask what is the seventh best - because to say we're the best, you have to have some kind of objective standard.
Well, it turns out that every year US News and World Reports puts together such a list. It worked with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a consulting firm to develop on a set of standards based on how each country is perceived by the world at large.
The US, it develops, ranked, yes, seventh on the list this year, a drop of three slots from last year. And it ranked that high because of scoring high on power, entrepreneurship, and cultural influence - in other words, the military, corporations, and Hollywood. Outside of those three, it ranked no higher than 16 on any other measure.
God bless America.