As an addendum to Half Sigma’s paean to Japan, a reason I’m a favorably inclined comes from the WVS. The fifth and most recent wave includes a question querying respondents on how they feel about their respective countries providing foreign aid. Specifics aren’t given, and the amount is simply .1% of each respective country’s “national income” (stated on a per capita basis so as not to skew the results towards a larger population leading to less putative generosity), so it’s basically a measure of magnanimity towards the rest of the world at the expense of the homeland’s fiscal health. The following table ranks countries in which the question was asked (the affluent ones plus, oddly, Thailand) by what I’ll call a sucker index, computed by simply taking the percentage of people who think that defined amount is “too low” and subtracting from it the percentage who deem it “too high”:
|11) United States||8.5|
Germany’s nicer than we are and they still get called Nazis by Greeks with their hands out. Time for us to start listening to Rand Paul and for the West to start sharing more of the Japanese sentiment.
WVS variables used: V175