Tuesday, May 9, 2017


How do countries rank from a philosophical, cultural and economic perspective? We made an analysis of a number of countries based on a set of criteria resulting in a ratings model. It enables us to come to a prediction where these countries will be in the following 5 to 10 years.

"Terra Incognita" and "Lady Liberty" by Romantic Realism artist Bryan Larsen. Buy his work here.

UPDATE:  The Index has been updated with Botswana (best performing African country) and Chile (best performing South American country).

We have given a number of countries a rating based on philosophical, cultural and economic perspectives. We used criteria like culture, the pervasiveness of Islam, the economy, the techconomy as well as number of other data sets. This has resulted in an index what the prospect for prosperity will be in the medium term given the current pathway that determines the national ethos.

As a standard we will use the timeless frase “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. How deep rooted is this culture in the minds of the people?

This ideology and non-religion is one of the greatest threats of our time. The metric mostly hinges on one (non-racist!) politically incorrect question: how many Muslims will live in a country and how many will they still get? Also, if a country has a Muslim population, how strongly are Dawah and Islamic scripture, like Sahih al-Bukhari, restricted? (Prohibition can be lifted when the ideology is defeated and the war is won.)

For economic criteria we used a combination of different data. First the Heritage Economic Freedom Index. Secondly, current disposable income. Thirdly, economic year on year growth projections. But these criteria do not tell the full story. Entrepreneurial spirit, philosophy (Romantic versus Naturalist mentality) and the burden of regulation also play an important role.

We paid extra attention to the new economy, the part of the economy that has to do with the information age. Now and in the future new jobs and economic growth will come from activities like IT, internet, machine learning/artificial intelligence. But also from new biological information age technologies that are currently coming to fruition and are slowly taking root in mainstream culture, like DNA sequencing/editing, neural mapping, life extension technologies, etc.

The bottom line is this: countries with strong regulation in these areas (FCC and FDA for example) will be at a major disadvantage from countries that are less regulated. However, in both economic categories we will also take into consideration future size and output, not just regulation.

Not everything fits into the above categories. We will not break them down specifically, but they are based on our analysis and on the long and deep experience of dissecting the fabrics of freedom and prosperity, we have at Pomonews.com.

Each category for each country gets a rating from 1/5 to 5/5. The average will then be converted to a rating (see rating model below).

The list will be updated as major changes occur.


Click for a larger image. *Seasteading 2019 Project. **Hoppe Time Preference Theory

Of course we are not determinist in nature and for better or worse conscious changes can be made. Here is an example for the different pathways in the Netherlands:

Pathways for the Netherlands*** :
  • Stay on current cultural and political/economic path (PM Mark Rutte VVD/PVDA coalition): will stay a 6.
  • Take strong cultural and political/economic measures (restrict Islamic immigration and Dawah, implement a light variant of Trumpism, or more political influence from non cartel parties PVV, VNL and FvD): will result in a 7.
  • Take very strong cultural and political/economic measures (ban Islam, end wrong political globalist influence, embrace Hong Kong/New Zealand like capitalist policies, strongly reduce the scope of the state, embrace a combination of Golden Era thinking and good Americana-like philosophy): will become an 8 or 8+.
  • Total revolution: embrace freedom and capitalism fully, start building special economic zones (zero tax, minimal regulation, zero healthcare regulation) everywhere in the country and on seasteads off the coasts and on offshore colonies (perfect historical fit for the Netherlands), and implement all previous tips about Islam, border policy, culture etc.: will become an 9 or higher.
  • Take a more Leftist path: the Netherlands would become a 5 or even worse.

Rating model:

A+    98-100+
A      93-97 
A-     90-92
B+    88-89
B      83-87
B-     80-82
C+    78-79
C      73-77
C-     70-72
D+    68-69
D      63-67
D-     60-62
F       59 & Below

First published: Feb. 14, 2017