During this election, Donald Trump and other politicians have called the United States a “third world country,” a comparison meant to prove just how low the U.S. has fallen. But these comparisons unfairly use the “third world” as a symbol of absolute negativity. They arrogantly assume that there’s nothing to celebrate or learn from countries with less economic power.
In actuality, though these countries may have far less wealth than the U.S. and have achieved less in terms in traditional economic “development“, they have also managed to succeed in ways we in the U.S. cannot imagine. They have implemented innovative strategies that the U.S. has yet to even consider. They have achieved substantial progress in areas where we have remained stuck. They have proven that regardless of their economic resources, in many ways, these countries are arguably ahead. Here are a few areas where the U.S. has a lot of learn from the so called “developing” world: