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Old 09-16-2014, 04:05 PM
 
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I love to travel and have been to many countries around the world. My favorite destinations are places that are exotic and many of the most exotic countries could be classified as Third World. Seeing how the typical person lives in a third world country is eye opening.

I wonder if sometime in the future the people in the poverty stricken countries in Africa and Asia will be successful economically. And live like many people do in Europe and America.

What do you think after traveling to the Third World, is there hope for them in the next 10-20 years or not?
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Old 09-16-2014, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Have you visited 3rd World Countries? Do you believe they will be rich countries soon?
What, you mean ALL of them? No.
Be specific.
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Old 09-16-2014, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I agree, Otterprods. Also, different people have different definitions of "third world country". Many would include Mexico, but we have lived there and would not classify it that way.
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:14 PM
 
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I think one or two might turn around and become wealthy. Overall I think that most will continue to be impoverished, particularly in Africa where famine, disease, and civil unrest seem to be getting progressively worse despite the best intentions of other countries who try to help with cash and human assets.
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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There is no reason to answer this question. "Eat the Rich" by P.J. O'Rourke. It was written in 1998. I just re-read it. He gets two things wrong: He predicted that China wour run Hong Kong into the ground after 1999. It's not great there like it used to be. But it isn't anarchy, either. He also predicted that the top-heavy Scandinavian socialist system would topple under it's own weight.

The rest of the book reads like current events. The chapter, "Tanzania: How to make nothing from everything" explains the root causes of poverty, and why nothing is likely to ever be done about it. And the chapter "Cuba: The bad kind of socialism" explains much about the other end of the political spectrum.
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I agree, Otterprods. Also, different people have different definitions of "third world country". Many would include Mexico, but we have lived there and would not classify it that way.
Thanks. I spent a lot of time driving and backpacking through maxico in my 20s. It did not then and does not now really meet any definitions of third world. It's considered second world (developing). And more like the 1st (developed) world in coastal resort areas.
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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India, Egypt, and Nicaragua are the ones i have visited. I don't think any of those are coming out any time soon. Say what you will about the economy of India, but it's got to lay down a ton of new infrastructure and trim down the population. It's just simply too crowded to work right now.

Never say never, though.
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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We have friends that have a house in the Dominican. It was one of the best vacations I ever had for a number of reasons. They sponsor a school up in the mountains and we got to go to places most tourists will never see. It was scary to head up into the mountains into places where everyone lived in shacks. Once there, the people were just so nice that It was a wonderful experience. How they come out of those places dressed immaculate is beyond me.
It was a beautiful country with a lot of poverty. Our friends house had armed guards walking the neighborhood day and night. Nothing like playing cards at night with the guard walking through the yard with a shotgun. We had no issues, but our hosts knew where and when to go. It certainly gives you an appreciation for all that we have here in the states.
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:40 PM
 
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Sadly no.
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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I don't know if you would categorize it as "third world", but when we went to Kuala Lumpur last year, they were absolutely optimistic, working like mad and improving their life styles. Fascinating.
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