For years I've seen non-stop commercials of countries in the continent of Africa showing kids who live in sewage huts, parents are dead, war gangs and criminals rule their lives. Like in Captain Philips how those Somalia pirates were forced to do what they did because of where they lived. They were forced by criminals threatening their lives. Didn't the USA make their countries dry out and collapsed like many Middle Eastern ones?

My professor showed a video made in Africa showing how 1 in 3 Africans are actually middle class. They have cells, cities, even women Presidents at times. So are things than better than in the past and if so why?

  • $\begingroup$ If you are hoping to get an intelligent and non-opinionated answer you'll have to specify how you measure "better". (E.g.: per capita GDP, Gini-index, infant mortality ratio.) And as you seem to find it possible that 1 in 3 Africans are middle class, perhaps you could include a definition of middle class as well? (Wikipedia gives conflicting data: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_class#Africa ) $\endgroup$ – Giskard Dec 16 '15 at 23:41
  • $\begingroup$ "Third world" is not a very useful definition these days. There's a huge difference between a "Least developed country" and a "Newly industrialised country" $\endgroup$ – paj28 Dec 17 '15 at 11:17
  • $\begingroup$ @denesp every time I ask something I get that it too opinionated. What am I doing wrong? What can I ask without being spoken down to or reported? $\endgroup$ – Bruno1993 Dec 18 '15 at 6:20
  • $\begingroup$ Listen truth is this.....I'm young. I'm 22, I work, I graduate college soon, and I save what I can. But I'm terrified. All I hear from my older suntan and uncles and adults way older that this country is going to crap. There going to be no jobs, generations are becoming too spoiled and selfish, people lose jobs to robots and what if they let us starve and not care some can't find work. Not just America but Europe too. Cause Africa to me seems like it getting worse personally so the rest of Earth is too. $\endgroup$ – Bruno1993 Dec 18 '15 at 6:28
  • $\begingroup$ .....I'm scared for me and my little cousins and I have one cousin who just turned 1. What future will she have at least I got college. By the time she my age it will cost so much what will she do? What will the world look like? I'm scared. If someone can tell me it won't get that bad that greed won't win and robots won't take most jobs and leave enough left and hard work well be ok...that we won't freeze and starve on the street...I'll stop. That's it $\endgroup$ – Bruno1993 Dec 18 '15 at 6:32

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