12 April 2009

Without Comment

(thanks to Andrew Sullivan)


At 13 April, 2009 11:01, Blogger jack perry said...

Although I like it, and I think it's a good stimulus for a bit of humility on our part, the problem with this graph is that it doesn't accurately reflect the cost of living. Residents of most countries can do quite well on less than half what the average American earns: as in, food and housing are easily covered; many services are provided by the government, especially mass transportation, education through the university level, and health care, etc.

It's like the oft-quoted statistic that we consume something like a quarter, or maybe even a half, of the world's resources. We also produce a substantial amount of the world's resources (esp. food).

Incidentally, I don't see that particular image at Sullivan's blog, but another. This image seems to come from the original source...?

At 13 April, 2009 22:03, Blogger Clemens said...

Yes - I went back to the original page and found one I like: I agree with your first sentence. However you nuance it, and I agree that we ought to, the basic point is still there.


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