Griping about your First World problems? Keep it up.

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  • Updated: January 4, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Improvement doesn’t happen without demand. That’s how we wound up with a First World in the first place.

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luzhishenJan. 5, 1412:35 PM

" Two centuries of refusing to be satisfied " Interesting commentary, but the author seems to think that progress began sometime around 1814. Huh? I seem to recall inventions and progress before modern capitalism, and societies that had better sanitation and lives than 19th century London or New York.

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endothermJan. 5, 1412:42 PM

The writer seems to think that the First World earned its wealth, infrastructure and services by having high standards, and that the Third World has poverty and poor infrastructure just because its people are complacent. Gosh, if only all of those people in war-torn former slave colonies had higher standards! Kinshasa could be turned into Seattle, and whole world could sip vegan pumpkin lattes.

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jarlmnJan. 5, 14 6:12 PM

Dismissing one's trivial tribulations as "First World Problems" is based upon the perception that persons in the 'Third World' are supposedly too busy with their hardscrabble lives to have petty concerns and other self-inflicted drama. What rubbish. If you've ever actually been to and mingled with folks in a 'Third World' country, you'd know that ANY human population, poor notwithstanding, is perfectly capable of having petty concerns and drama-queens, etc.... oftentimes to the excess of persons in the First World. To posture otherwise, is to know nothing about the human condition.

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davehougJan. 6, 14 7:26 AM

Perceptive article.

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lordhawhaw1Jan. 6, 14 7:34 AM

Modern Capitalism did more, far more than any other form of economics to improve our lives. You want Socialism? Get ready to stand in a line and meekly accept what the Government tells you what you want.

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guangzhouJan. 6, 1412:29 PM

What would our lives be like without the ability to complain about an article that informs us about complainers? I feel fortunate that I can read; write; communicate coherently; and have the opportunity to make integral changes in the world in which I live. Let's add the the body of knowledge that increases how the rest of the world functions. This is not a zero-sum game. It is win-win for everyone when fresh water, educated children and clean toilets are the standards that America exports. Be good and do good!

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xjritterJan. 6, 1412:34 PM

You want Socialism? We already have some in America, and that is a very good thing - showing that a strong government can work effectively for the benefit of its people. We have libraries, public roads, fire services, "social" security - if that isn't socialism, what is? Even those who rail against socialism in America already enjoy its benefits.

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pitythefoolsJan. 6, 14 5:55 PM

lordhawhaw1: "Modern Capitalism did more, far more than any other form of economics to improve our lives."

You do realize that the Soviet Union was our technological rival, right? That THEY were the first to place an object in orbit. That THEY got to the moon before we did with an unmanned rover. (Yes, it crashed landed, but they were in a hurry being only a few hours ahead of us.) They subsequently landed rovers that surveyed for many months. That THEY made a nuclear bomb within three years of our doing it. That's all close enough to be a rival.

What destroyed the Soviet Union was their pouring the majority of their national income into the Military, bankrupting themselves. Just as the Republicans want to do in the United States.

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