How to recognize a civilized country.

May 17, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More

David Horton asks “How do you recognize a civilized country?” He has a list of 25 criteria so far.  Here are the first six:

1. The military-industrial complex plays no role in government.
2. Religion plays a very small role in society, not forbidden, but not compulsory.
3. Scientists, teachers, nurses, artists, are all valued more than sports people and celebrities.
4. Speech is free and the media varied.
5. There are few if any guns.
6. The environment is cared for.


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Category: American Culture, Culture, Good and Evil

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. rumrunner says:

    Thats funny that he needs 25 because I only need 1

    1: A civilization is a society or culture group normally defined as a complex society characterized by the practice of agriculture and settlement in cities. Compared with other cultures, members of a civilization are organized into a diverse division of labor and an intricate social hierarchy. (Wikipedia)

  2. Erich Vieth says:

    Rumrunner: I see civilized countries as being a subset within civilizations. Not all "civilizations" are "civilized."

  3. me says:

    A civilized civilization would have nothing to do with religion. In fact they may have embraced science to the extent that scientists are the responsible managers in governance rather than poorly educated wealthy business people.

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