It is no secret that the ole Captain is putting together a "Plan B" for when enough of the US population turns parasitic and implements a fully socialist economy (or at least tax system). This has prompted Cappy to dust off his ole economist skills wherein he's gone out and researched a ton of candidate countries in which he may set up future stakes.
The variables I've used so far are ones you might suspect. Debt to GDP. Government spending as a % GDP. Crime rates per 100,000. Kilometers of road per person. Etc. etc. But as my research and data compilation progressed, I started realizing my main concern wasn't so much financial, as much as it was stability, security, and ultimately happiness. Naturally, you would want lower taxes, but given how the US is now more prone to riots, looting, tent cities, adults shitting in the streets, and is supporting nearly two full generations of adult-children who are incapable of being functional adults, I'm more concerned about the overall functional integrity of the US than I am a 45% tax rate. Additionally, (and mark my words as this will increasingly become the case for most productive Americans) I am placing more and more value on my mental health as I see psychopathic behavior not only be tolerated, but celebrated in America, largely by the left. The US IS becoming Idiocracy, but not the funny type of Idiocracy. The evil, psychopathic, kill-those-people-because-I-blame-them-for-my-mistakes type.
This has moved the emphasis in my research from economics to cultural stability. I no longer am too concerned about tax rates as much as I am things like the age of the country, the stability of it's culture, racial homogeneity, even if said racial homogeneity would be bigoted against me as (for example) in Japan. I may be considered a "Gaijin" in Japan, but the Japanese people will at least keep the lights on, continue as an industrialized 1st world country, leave me alone, and not allow full-grown adults to defecate in their streets.
However, there was an accidental third variable I came across while shopping at Wal-Mart. And I hadn't realized just how much this variable affected my mental state and overall standard of living. Because as I dealt with slow driving morons not knowing where they were going to park, or seeing the bloated single mom park her ass in the middle of an aisle I needed to get through, or the obese older man with sweat seeping through his shirt as he chose which XXXXL large shirt he'd buy for $5, I realized...
"Ugly people piss me off."
At first this may sound mean or offensive, but what we are talking about is an economic concept called "negative externalities."
For example, if you ever visit the University of Minnesota's "west bank campus" prepare to have your eyes raped with some of the world's most horrific and ugly 1970's architecture. Sure there is a specific financial and economic cost/value associated with the construction of those buildings. Sure, there are specific rent values associated with those buildings. But unaccounted for in all the debits and credits that went into those buildings, they are an eye sore and lower the standard of living of anybody that has to see them.
Another example, noise in bars or restaurants.
Today, you cannot simply go to a restaurant or a bar and not have your ears assaulted by a cacophony of noise. Modern pop music HAS to be played. 40 television screens showing all the sportsball games MUST be shown. And just as you're about to take a bite out of a bacon cheeseburger because it's your cheat day, some fuckwit announces over the PA that "BINGO is about to start!!! Everybody get your cards ready!!!" None of these noises have an financial effect on the cost of the diner. But these "negative externalities" do.
And this is the epiphany I had while standing in the middle of Wal-Mart. The fat people. The ugly people. The people paying with an EBT card. And the tatted up 20 something girl wearing sweatpants in public. All these people are ugly. And their physical revulsion was putting me in an incredibly foul mood.
So I went home. And upon getting home I went online and looked up "Countries by Obesity." And sure enough Wikipedia had the data I was looking for. It even allowed for you to sort by sex in case you were looking to find a svelte woman. But whereas my primary concern was to find a country where the people didn't dress like the fat, bloated pieces of shit Americans are, and instead comported themselves appropriately in public, my economic spidey senses started tingling because there was more to the obesity rate. Specifically, female obesity. And then I realized...
"It's the mark of a mentally healthy society."
Revisit how mental health plays a significant role in your happiness and standard of living. And then compare it to the psychological shit show the US has become. Everyday you are accused of some political sin because of your race or gender. Everyday productive, sane people are being blamed for mistakes of the stupid, idiotic, even criminal. We're so pampered you got Millennials and Gen Z'ers blaming their problems on (largely) made-up mental illnesses like "social anxiety disorder" and "ADHD." And those same generations are so delusional they create "designer-genders" they can choose from so they can feel special. But the real psychological tax, the real mental toll is the one we all pay when we've lied to the genders about themselves, resulting in the very real sex war we have going on. And while blaming people X for people Y's problems, pitting the sexes against each other in a borderline-hot war has done the most (I'd argue anyway) to destroy the mental health of American society.
Women are now being forced to choose between rushing into a marriage or getting their eggs frozen because we've lied to them and told them their career was of ultimate importance.
Women (and men) are crippled with unacceptable levels of debts for degrees that are completely worthless, which unfortunately ruins the rest of their financial lives.
Men are being told that leftist politics are more important than hitting the gym, becoming a man, getting a good career, and keeping good finances in order to get women.
And it is so psychotic, so wrong, so far removed from reality, that women actually think big is beautiful (or at least think they're going to shame men into overriding 2 million years of genetic hard-wiring to all of the sudden like Amy Schumer).
And this says NOTHING about the resentment, anger, frustration, even outright hatred BOTH sexes have for one another, nor the fact it's PERFECTLY LEGAL TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST SEX (that would be men).
There are certainly many, many, MANY other society-wide mental issues the American people have, but no society in the history of the world can survive where one sex is so adversarial or hating of the other.
And thus why "Female Obesity Rates" was moved to the top position of my variable list.
Though it doesn't address everything, women who are thin are an incredible sign of cultural stability and sanity.
First, it shows half the population is not warring with the other half. They are working together and (unlike most of the western world) it shows both sexes understand and acknowledge there is another sex with requirements, demands, etc.
Second, familial stability. It is a laughable lie that families do not need their fathers. And while the American horse is out of the barn on this one, there are countries out there where the nuclear family is still intact. And since the nuclear family is intact, so is the rest of society. You may not agree with the theocratic laws set forth by the theocracy in Dubai or Bahrain, but they don't have full grown adults shitting in the streets. You may not like the "patriarchical culture" of Korea, but crime is very low. When women like men, or at least are willing to work together instead of against each other, not only are people happier, but better families are formed, and thus better societies.
Third, economic growth. Though admittedly I have not done a study on this, I'm going to bet my left nut that if you did, countries with thinner women tend to grow faster than fatter ones. The reason is very simple - female youth and beauty is what drives men to produce. And though lower taxes is incentive enough for everybody to work more, a nice pair of T&A is going to prompt men more than a 2% tax cut (no matter how "distasteful" that may sound).
And last, but not least, better mental health due to a POSITIVE externality.
A friend of mine visited Slovenia and could not believe not only how thin women were, but how they dressed in public. They were all in dresses (or so he told me), all in heels, presented themselves in a very feminine manner, and obesity was the exception, not the rule. I asked him about the guys (which he admitted to not paying too much attention too), but he did recall they were equally well dressed and well-groomed, making for an overall much more attractive population. And while no doubt I would have a preferential interest in Slovenian women over the men, I can guarantee you I'd be in a lot better mood (and thus enjoying a much higher standard of living) being surrounded by Slovenians than the slovenly slobs in America.
No doubt, many of you are looking to move overseas as well. And no doubt, your primary concern would be that of economics and politics. But as you're pouring over spreadsheets and data and OECD reports and the like, may I recommend you add Female Obesity to your analysis? It may increase your standards of living more than a 5% tax rate.
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