Friday, January 7, 2011
What makes a Country a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd World?
I entered into a debate with my Mother over whether Brazil is a 2nd or 3rd world country. And since I am a true pain in the ass daughter, I had to go look it up to prove her wrong.
And why did I think I was right when I said Brazil is considered 3rd world? Because I had no idea what a second world country is. They all seem to be either 1st or 3rd anyway.
So who the hell are the 2nd world countries? I was thinking the ones the first world countries exclude from their bingo parties. Funny enough, I wasn't far from the truth.
Basically, The US made a club after WWII. Their besties, the developed, capitalist, and industrialized counties made up the 1st world. Let's not forget that they all hated the same people and wore the same outfits on Fridays.
The 2nd world was made up by their sworn Frienemies (aka. Friend Enemies, Hello watch Sex in the City). Basically, former communist-socialist, industrial states. The Eastern bloc and their friend China. Of course we are all friends with China now as we love to get discounted electronics.
And lastly but certainly NOT least, the 3rd world. Well, these guys just wouldn't pick sides for starters. That and they didn't have sufficient numbers of Targets or Walmart to be considered Capitalist enough. 3rd World countries are non-aligned or not moving at all with either capitalism and NATO or Communism and the Soviet Union.
Obviously, 3rd world is now used in conjunction with countries of poverty, high birthrates, and dependence on other countries.
As for the debate with my Mother. I'm right. Were we really ever in doubt. Brazil, although it has the 8th strongest economy or something like that, is considered a 3rd world country. Damn gaps in wealth distribution will get you every time!
Speaking of gaps in wealth distribution. I stumbled upon this article claiming to have 10 signs that the US is turning into a 3rd world country. I think I may be buying what they are selling. I don't know why but I do love a good drama story. 10 Signs Us is Becoming Third World
Anyway, this is a old classification style that they have adapted to be 4 worlds and they look at everything down to how often people get laid. Ok, maybe it's not that in-depth but they seem to be trying. Personally, it still seems like a popularity contest to me. I vote that Brazil shouldn't worry about the popularity game and continue to stay friends with everyone.
Tell the rest of the world to shove their classifications where the sun doesn't shine. You are Brazil. And the sun is always shining down there!