It is true that the US is extremely rightwing in economic matters, but its philosophy in this area does not differ much from most Third World Countries, most of whom actually follow some pretty rightwing economic policies.
In many parts of the Third World, governments do little or nothing to help their people, governments are essentially the limited governments that Libertarians and US rightwingers love so much, public spending is limited to minimal outside of security forces, and the state is for all intents and purposes a dictatorship of the rich, whatever the formal democratic nature of the state is. Rule by the rich is enforced by police, army, other security forces, or death squads and other hired thugs. This is such an essential feature of rightwing rule worldwide that one wonders when the US will adopt such thuggish suppression of the Left.
Some countries are simply so poor that they just don’t have the money to help their people whether they want to or not. These countries are often burdened by oppressive amounts of outside debt.
A rightwing commenter from Russia recently suggested that the fact that this country was so conservative was the reason it was so rich. He was making the standard conservative = prosperity, socialism = poverty equations that the Right loves to toss around.
Let’s see if there’s anything to it.
Theories must be tested.
Top 10 countries worldwide in per capita income 1 Luxembourg 105,918 2 Norway 78,178 3 Switzerland 63,536 4 Qatar 59,990 5 Denmark 56,263 6 Jersey 56,200 7 Ireland 49,863 8 Netherlands 48,209 9 United States 45,934 10 Austria 45,686 11 United Arab Emirates 45,615 12 Finland 44,491 13 Sweden 43,654
This is a conglomeration of 3 different top 10 lists from different sources – the CIA, the World Bank and the IMF. All of the European countries are solid social democracies as far as I can tell. I believe that Qatar and the UAE also have extensive social democracies in place for citizens, but I’m not certain.
The US is the only country on the list practicing rightwing economics and probably has by far the most impoverished social democracy of anyone on the list. If anything, it seems to be an anomaly.
The notion that social democracies or socialist systems create poverty is refuted. As is the notion that the US is wealthy because it practices rightwing economics.
As we move down the list, we see more and more countries practicing rightwing economics. If anything, rightwing economics seems to be associated with hollowed states, mass poverty, ruling oligarchies, widespread violations of the rule of law by state and oligarchic thugs and security forces, and wild gaps between rich and poor. It also seems to be associated with a militant, sometimes armed and revolutionary Left.
One more rightwing myth down the drain.